Town and Country Journal – article

Llocal journalists among PA NewsMedia Keystone Award winners

Four Town and Country newspaper reporters were among the winners of the annual Pennsylvania NewsMedia Keystone Awards. The winners were announced on April 29 and reflect the efforts of journalism in Pennsylvania in 2021.

More than 2,500 entries were received from 100 state news agencies. Entries in 53 regular categories and 12 specialty categories across seven broadcast divisions and four broadcast divisions were judged by Virginia reporters.

Left to right, Bradley Schlegel, Steve Pestrock, Larry Roeder and Bob


Writer Bradley Schlegel won first place for investigative reporting for his article “East Greenville Mayor Refuses to Release Aggregated Police Report”. It also won the category’s top prize in 2021 and 2020.

Photographer Steve Pestrock won second place for Breaking News Photo “Auto in Creek.”

Photographer Bob Esposito won first place for Sports Action Photo, “Sliding into Home,” and an honorable mention for Breaking News Photo, “A Cooling Breeze.” This is the third year in a row that Esposito has won the Breaking News Photo category.

Editor Larry Roeder won second place for three editorials on crime and division (A Breakdown Comes With Consequences, Learn and Make it Better, and Choose the Proper Battlefield) and honorable mention for three editorials on political discourse ( Whataboutism, Who will Bring it Back?, and it’s not too soon). This is the third year in a row that Roeder has won at least one award in the editorial category.

“We are always proud to bring our local communities to the eyes and minds of other journalists across the Commonwealth and in 2021 The Town and Country was one of 75 newspapers to add our content to Real News from Real Communities,” Roeder said.

The publication was produced by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and distributed to elected officials across the state as a testament to the news organizations’ commitment to the community.

“During the pandemic, Town and Country staff have continued to show their dedication to the community through their performance,” Roeder said. “It was, and still is, inspiring.”

The annual competition is open to editorial staff and regular contributors of Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member organizations and news organizations in good standing, as well as non-member Pennsylvania news organizations that meet certain criteria. Associated Press member news agencies are also eligible to enter the contest.