The Syracuse Press Club recognized several Central Current reporters and photographers during its annual awards banquet on May 7.
- First Place in the Breaking News category went to Chris Libonati and Michael Greenlar for Biden comes to CNY to tout Micron announcement. The judges said the story featured “comprehensive reporting of a major chip manufacturing project that will have an economic and national security impact.”
- Second Place in the Investigative Story or Series category went to Chris Libonati for Death of infant born at Onondaga County jail under investigation. Libonati covered this important story throughout the investigation.
- Honorable Mention in the News Feature category went to Chris Libonati for South Side legislator, displaced by urban renewal as a kid, reps district at a crossroads, his profile of Onondaga County Legislator Charles Garland.
- Honorable Mention in the Portrait category went to Michael Greenlar, and Honorable Mention in the Multimedia Story category went to Gabriel Pietrorazio and Greenlar, for Land, life and language: The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address is a greeting of gratitude to honor all that’s left
Central Current reporter Chris Libonati also was part of a reporting team that placed first in the Print Spot News category for work related to the murder-suicide of an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
All of Central Current’s award-worthy work was published during 2022, the organization’s first year in operation.
see the award-winning work
Biden visited the region to herald Micron’s $100 billion investment in Central New York – four semiconductor plants and 9,000 jobs over the next 20 years – and to trumpet the return of manufacturing to the United States.
The death of an infant who was born at the Onondaga County jail is under investigation.
Cheree Byrd, 35, tried to tell deputies she was going into labor for two days before she gave birth to an infant after just 23 weeks. The infant later died.
Ayanna Byrd, a 23-week-old infant, died shortly after her mother gave birth to her at the Onondaga County jail.
Charles Garland has thrown himself into the middle of key projects, including changes to I-81, public housing and a proposed aquarium.
Land, life and language: The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address is a greeting of gratitude to honor all that’s left
It’s a greeting of gratitude, not just giving thanks once a year, but each and every day. Even today, Haudenosaunee peoples from across the Confederacy still honor that tradition without any hesitation by extending gratitude to the natural world for all that remains, including land, life, and language.