The Public Has Judged: 2018 Folio Award Winners

A seven-part, in-depth story taking viewers inside the fabled halls of the Nassau County Police Academy.

A special news report on the opioid crisis shaking up America, the streets of Nesconset, Long Island, down to Long Beach and through New Jersey.

A podcast offering important health stories.

A watchdog report monitoring local sanitary districts.

A newspaper report on the rising cost of doing business in Nassau County.

Those were among the top-scoring stories in this year’s Folio Awards competition.

A powerhouse assortment of leaders from all walks of life came together to judge the 2018 Folio Awards, honoring the best in news and social media as determined by the ultimate critic: The public.

Noting the overall quality of entries was extremely high, PIX11 laid claim to the top-scoring spots in this year’s competition, followed closely by David North Media, CBS New York and Long Island Business News. WLIW scored a huge win in a social media for news outlets category.

The complete list of winners appears below. The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, March 29, 11 am to 2 pm at The Garden City Hotel. The New York Times’ White House Correspondent and CNN Political Analyst Maggie Haberman is the featured speaker at the luncheon, which is the largest media event on the Long Island.


“On behalf of the Fair Media Council Board of Directors and the judges, congratulations to this year’s Folio winners, representing the best in local news and social media,” said Jaci Clement, CEO and Executive Director of the Fair Media Council. “The entries were outstanding works of journalism, telling stories that matter and providing the public with the news and information they need to know.”

2018 Folio Award Winners

Breaking News: Suffolk DA Spota Indicted – Carol D’Auria & 1010WINS Newsroom

Feature Story, Long Form (television): Embedded: Inside the Nassau County Police Department -Produced, Edited and Filmed by Keith Lopez, PIX11

Feature Story, Long Form (newspaper): To Counter Prejudice? Excellence is the Answer: Overcoming the Labels – Jacqueline Escobar, The Pioneer, Long Island University

Watchdog News: Why Sanitary Districts? – Carolyn Gusoff, CBS New York

Economic or Business News (newspaper): Sticker Shock – David Winzelberg, Long Island Business News

Economic or Business News (radio): E-Commerce: Boon or Bust for Communities?, Charles Lane, WSHU

Best Podcast: Two Strokes – David North, Reporter/Writer/Narrator, Andre Doughty, Technical Director, David North Media

Gang Violence News: President Trump Visits Long Island To Talk About MS-13 – Sonia Rincon & 1010WINS Newsroom

Continuing News Story: Green Light Fight – Pei-Sze Cheng, NBC New York

Public Policy News: Nassau’s Broken Assessment System – Carolyn Gusoff, CBS New York

Best News Special: The Hooked Generation: Inside the Opioid Epidemic – Tamsen Fadal -Host, Reporters: Mary Murphy, Dan Mannarino, Kirstin Cole; Ken Pelczar -Photographer, Keith Lopez- Photographer, Eddie Lebron -Photographer/Editor, Lou Schiro -Graphics, Dave Scanlon – Editor, Dave Kalmowitz -Director, Rebecca Millman -Executive Producer, Amy Waldman – News Director, PIX11

Robert W. Greene Award for Investigative Journalism: Wrong Way Signs Missing – Pei-Sze Cheng, NBC New York

Sean Fanelli Award for Education Reporting: Ride on the Beach and Go Inside the Fire Island School – Waldo Cabrera and Jennifer Shepardson, MYLITV

Enterprise Reporting (television): Expenses Under Fire – Chris Glorioso, NBC New York

Enterprise Reporting (radio): FEMA’s Broken Promise to Sandy Victims – Charles Lane, WSHU/WNYC

Political News (television): Suffolk County District Attorney Indicted In Corruption Case – Jennifer McLogan, CBS New York

Political News (radio): Nassau County Election – Carol D’Auria and 1010WINS Newsroom

Historic Preservation Feature (radio): Tesla’s Long Island Lab –  Ronny Reyes, WSHU

Historic Preservation Feature (television): Telsa Museum to Break Ground – Carolyn Gusoff, CBS New York

Historical Feature: Restaurant Hunter The American Dream at Sufiya’s Grill – Rob Petrone, Christian McLaren, Karl Fernandez, Grant Thonack, Nicole Roarke, FiOS1 News

Suburban News Trends: Bike Stunts Dangers – Carolyn Gusoff, CBS New York

Addiction Coverage News: Sober Home Safety – Pei-Sze Cheng, NBC New York

Cyberbullying News: Bullied Teen Suicide – Richard Rose, CBS New York & TV 10/55

Community Affairs News: Fentanyl Drug Deaths – Cecilia Dowd, FiOS1 News

Feature Story (Short Form): Child Bride’s Scarring Past – Mary Murphy, PIX11

Land Development News: Change at Hicksville, David Winzelberg, Long Island Business News

Health & Wellness Feature: Sisters Neurological Disorder – Richard Rose, CBS New York & TV 10/55

Science News: Scitech Now #405 – WLIW Host, Hari Sreenivasan, The PBS NewsHour
Directed by Elvin Badger, Executive Producer Diane Masciale, Producers:
Liz Muentes, Hillary Sieber, Lauren Witte, Marisa Wong; Reporter/Producer
Maddie Orton, Associate Producers Sophia Clark, Eva Rosenberg, Sasha Schechter;
Researchers; Celina Carr, Rachel Kahn Taylor and WLIW staff

Environment Feature: Long Island Business Report –  Anchor/Executive Producer: Jim Paymar, Producers Liz Muentes and Lauren Witte, Executive in Charge: John Servidio, WLIW

Art/Cultural News: Nuns In Long Island Put Their US Headquarters Up For Sale – Jennifer McLogan, CBS New York

Entertainment News: How an Ice Rink is Made – Waldo Cabrera and Jennifer Shepardson, MYLITV

Entertainment Feature (newspaper): Dance Student Takes on Broadway – Kristina Huderski, The Pioneer, Long Island University

Entertainment Feature (television/cable): Restaurant Hunter: SUMMERTIME GRILLING 101 – Rob Petrone, Danyella Vitucci, Christian McLaren, Pete Fiorillo, FiOS1 News

Community Affairs Feature: Freeport Safe Hiring Site – Ronny Reyes, WSHU

Best Talk Show: EXIT 10/55 – Richard Rose, CBS New York, TV10/55

Best Column: Looking for a Path Back to Civility – Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, Newsday

Best Public Service Campaign: ‘Allstate New York Reality Rides Campaign,’ – Christina Kelly – Senior Communications Consultant, Kayla Taylor – Regional Business Communications Associate Manager,  Jaclyn Darrohn – Senior Corporate Relations Manager, Allstate Insurance Company, New York Region

Best Use of Facebook: Writing Instruments Manufacturers Association – Nicole Starr Castillo, Executive Vice President, Marissa Jacobs, Account Executive, Wordhampton Public Relations

Best Use of Facebook by A Newsroom: Dog People Episode 1: Meet Sam and Her Internet-Famous Dog, Tinkerbelle – Diane Masciale, Executive Producer, Lauren Witte, Sasha Schechter and Sophia Clark, Producers, WLIW

Best Use of Social Media for Community Engagement: WordHampton Public Relations Celebrates 25 Years of Business – Marissa Jacobs, Account Executive, WordHampton Public Relations


The Judges
  • Raymond Caliendo, Art-of-Form Architectural Services
  • Michael Canders, Farmingdale State College
  • Rita Castagna, Americana Manhasset
  • Robert Catell, AERTC, Stony Brook University
  • Evan Cornog, Hofstra University
  • Carl Corry, Suffolk County Community College
  • Kevin Dahill, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council
  • Mike Dawidziak, Strategic Planning Systems, Inc.
  • Jessica McAleer Decatur, St. Joseph’s College
  • John Durso, Long Island Federation of Labor
  • Sal Ferro, Alure Home Improvements
  • Jody Fisher, Austin & Williams
  • Paul Focazio, New York Sea Grant
  • Mark Head, South Nassau Communities Hospital
  • Robert Horvath, Sauvigne & Co.
  • Bob Keeler, Newsday (retired)
  • James Kinney, Mazars USA
  • Bruce Lambert, The New York Times (retired)
  • Krupa Lauricella, The Nature’s Bounty Co.
  • Larry Levy, Hofstra University
  • Jorge Martinez, Long Island Sustainable Business Council
  • David Okorn, Long Island Community Foundation
  • Jeffrey Reynolds, Family & Children’s Association
  • Charles Skop, Esq., Meyer Suozzi English & Klein
  • David Smukler, NYRA (retired)
  • Glenn Stalter, Stalter Consulting
  • Richard Turan, Turan Family Foundation
  • Christopher Wright, Protiviti








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