By Pittsburgh Current Staff
Four Pittsburgh Current writers, photographers, and artists have been named finalists for Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Competing for the first time in the category for daily news organizations, Music Editor Margaret Welsh, Contributing Writer Rebecca Addison, Visuals Editor Jake Mysliwczyk, and Current contributing artist Rob Rogers for the revival of his “Brewed on Grant” comic.
Winners will be announced at the press club’s annual award banquet in September, which was rescheduled from May due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s a great honor for the Current to have finalists in a contest that includes the best journalists and artists in the Tri-State Area,” said Current Publisher Charlie Deitch. “I am very proud of Margaret, Rebecca, Jake and Rob, not just for these nominations, but for the great work they put in on a regular basis.”
Rogers, the nationally syndicated and former Post-Gazette cartoonist, was honored for his bi-monthly comic, Brewed on Grant, which returned after a lengthy hiatus. Rogers used to create the strip for the P-G up until his dismissal in 2018. He was nominated for his cartoon featuring Mr. Rogers’ beloved character, Mister Rogers.
Welsh, who won the Current’s first Golden Quill in 2019, is nominated in the Excellence in Writing for Traditional Feature for her story about musician Steph Flati, who was releasing the final album recorded by her and her husband, Jesse, before his unexpected death the previous fall at the age of 40.
Addison was nominated for her coverage of the continuing issues at the troubled Clairton Coke Works in the Science and Environment category.
Mysliwczyk was nominated for his photo essay, “Justice for Antwon,” which documented the protests in the wake of the acquittal of a white police officer in the killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose.