The May 27, 2020 cover story about The Co-Op on Sullivan's Island won first place in the 2020 SCPAs | File photo

Charleston City Paper earned 14 awards, including five first place honors in the 2020 South Carolina Press Association awards, announced on March 1.

Editor Sam Spence, cuisine editor Parker Milner, photographer Ruta Smith, art director Scott Suchy were among the City Paper staff honored among weekly newspapers. The staff also won awards for editorial writing and website.

Cartoonists Robert Ariail and Steve Stegelin won first and third, respectively, among all papers statewide for their cartoons that appear in each week’s City Paper.

“We’re grateful to our news peers for recognizing what readers get every week — a solid news product filled with outstanding writing and an emerging editorial voice that’s making a difference,” said publisher Andy Brack. “Designer Scott Suchy swept Page One design with three awards and our cartoonists and photographer almost swept their categories, too.”

In all, 800 awards went to SCPA member papers across the state for work published between Nov. 16, 2019, and Nov. 15, 2020. Awards will be presented at a ceremony later this year.

A full list of City Paper winners:

Cartoon (open to daily and weekly newspapers)
First place
: Robert Ariail
Third place: Steve Stegelin

Editorial Writing (weeklies only)
Second place
: City Paper editorial board

Mixed Media Illustration (weeklies only)
Second place
: Scott Suchy, for “Lucky Lady”

News Feature Writing (Large weeklies)
First place
: Sam Spence, for “Fighting for the future of Fresh Future Farm”

Food Writing (Large weeklies)
First place:
Sam Spence and Jess Patterson, for “Tales from The Co-Op: The insanity of keeping frosé flowing in a pandemic”
Second place: Parker Milner, for “Shared Plates: Immigrant-owned restaurants continue redefining Charleston’s culinary landscape”

Single Page One Design (Large weeklies)
First, Second and Third place
: Scott Suchy

Single Feature Page Design (Large weeklies)
Third place:
Scott Suchy

Personality Photograph or Portrait (Large weekly division)
First place
: Rūta Smith, for her photograph of Germaine Jenkins
Third place: Rūta Smith, for her photograph of Carolyn Jones

Website (Weeklies only)
Third place
: Charleston City Paper staff