First place: Will Richmond, The Herald News
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I love a good news columnist, one who mixes a lot of solid news facts in with his or her opinion, and Will Richmond does that very well.
Second place: Jay Ashley, Burlington Times-News
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Some nicely written pieces that are a step above your usual slice-of-life columns.
Third place: Steve Damish, The Enterprise
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Some tough topics — particularly teen suicide — handled in a sure-handed way. Not easy to do.