American Reporter Staff
November 11, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. -- In one of the most significant awards ever made to an American Reporter Correspondent, Randolph Holhut was awarded first prize for editorial writing in the Vermont Press Association's annual contest on Sunday, Nov. 5.
In this category, Holhut was up against all of the daily and weekly newspapers in the state, about 50 in all.
"It was a shock to me that I won; I never expected to," he said. "But I did."
He also had kind words for The American Reporter.
"It was years of writing my weekly column for the AR that helped hone my writing talent," he said.
American Reporter Editor-in-Chief Joe Shea said Holhut's writing has been a source of great pride for the publication, which became the first daily newspaper with original content to start on the Internet on April 10, 1995.
"I think Randy's work gives us all cause for humility," said Shea. "He is always incisive, always to the point, and always has the research to back up his well-crafted words. We have always been quietly yet deeply proud of his consistently outstanding contributions."
Randolph Holhut lives in Dummerston, Vt., with his wife, writer Joyce Marcel. She also contributes prize-winning columns to the paper.
Holhut has been a journalist in New England for more than 25 years. He also edited "The George Seldes Reader" (Barricade Books), a compilation of stories by the renowned New England journalist.