Newhouse announces winners in 2021 ESSPA Awards competition

Student journalists from across New York State were honored this afternoon with 2021 Empire State School Press Association (ESSPA) Awards. Winners were announced during an online ceremony hosted by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The 2021 award winners are:

Newhouse dean Mark J. Lodato and National Scholastic Press Association associate director Gary Lundgren offered remarks. Natasha Alford, vice president of digital content and a senior correspondent at theGrio, was the keynote speaker. Master of ceremonies was Newhouse alumna Natalie Dascoulias ’21, a reporter with Newschannel 9 in Syracuse.

ESSPA supports scholastic journalism through education, resources and recognition. The competition, administered by the Newhouse School, is open to student journalists and faculty advisers from any high school in New York State. For more information, contact Christina Kinsey at