2009-06-04 / Features

Daily News' Maialetti Wins PAPME's Vathis Award

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - David Maialetti, a photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News, was named the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award winner at Friday's annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors.

The annual $300 award recognizes one photographer across the state whose portfolio entry of spot news, feature and sports photography shows the strong journalistic instinct, skills and dedication that were the hallmarks of Paul Vathis' 56-year-career as an AP photographer.

Carl Kosola from The Intelligencer of Doylestown won a Best of Show award for his photo "Backyard Wrestling.''

Luis Fabregas and Andrew Conte from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review won Best of Show for writing for their series "Transplanting Too Soon.'' After a fourmonth investigation, Fabregas and Conte found that hundreds of patients undergo unnecessary liver transplants each year.

Vathis, who spent most of his career in Harrisburg, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for his pensive picture of President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower walking together at Camp David following the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Vathis died in December 2002 at age 77 as he was preparing to cover the inauguration of Ed Rendell as governor.

The PAPME is an organization of newspaper editors from across the state who promote cooperation among AP members and help champion and defend the First Amendment and access to government information.

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