Three contributors honored at national conference
Rochester, Minn. — Two
Pennsylvania Outdoors News columnists and a regular contributor
were honored for conservation achievement and writing excellence
recently at the close of the Outdoor Writers Association of
America’s annual conference here .
Saltwater columnist Terry Brady
received OWAA’s top conservation honor, the The Jade of Chiefs
Award, representing “an affirmation of OWAA adherence to and
support of the principles of conservation.”
Fellow Outdoor News columnist Ben
Moyer earned a first-place award in OWAA Excellence in Craft
competition, and P.J. Reilly, southeast correspondent who writes
often about waterfowl and other hunting topics, was honored with
three third-place writing awards.
“The Jade of Chiefs award was
created in 1958 as a way of recognizing outstanding service to
conservation combined with excellence in outdoors writing,” said
presenter Jim Low, a Missouri outdoor writer and the award’s 2009
“At the time, it was the highest
honor a conservation writer could receive, and it remains one of
the nation’s most coveted conservation awards.”
A columnist with this newspaper
since its inception in 2003, Brady, of Zieglerville, Pa., has been
an active member of OWAA since 1986.
Before becoming deputy press
secretary with the state Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources in 1999, Brady spent 26 years working for daily
newspapers and writing outdoors columns.
“The list of Jade of Chiefs
recipients preceding me truly is daunting, and any perceived
achievements of mine pale in comparison to theirs,”
Brady told an audience of several
hundred at the OWAA convention.
“In my writing and other work,
there’s always been the imprint of an auto factory-worker dad who
never could show his four children too much of his outdoors. Coming
just days before Father’s Day, this honor is testament to that
Also a Pennsylvania Outdoor News
columnist since its start, Moyer, of Farmington, Pa., was honored
by OWAA for his first-place magazine piece “Hugh Bennett: crusader
for conservation,” which appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of
Pheasants Forever Journal.
A member of the Pennsylvania
Outdoor Writers Association, Moyer also recently was honored by the
POWA for a first-place finish in outdoor writing competition.
Appearing last spring in this
newspaper, Moyer’s column, entitled “Outdoors you look for that
special moment,” addressed a large brown trout hooked, landed and
released while fly-fishing the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State
Park, Fayette County. The work took first place in the contest’s
Trout and Coldwater Resource category.
A regular columnist with the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Moyer is a
free- lance outdoors writer, book author and lecturer.
Prolific free-lance outdoors
writer P.J. Reilly, of New Holland, was honored with three
third-place awards for works entered in OWAA competition. In the
Big Game Hunting category – Magazine: “Make mine a combo,” Sports
Afield, December 2009; and Small Game Hunting – Art/Photo:
“Blizzard Bounty,” Wildfowl magazine, December 2009; and
Newspapers: “Hunters Prove Their Point,” Sunday News, Lancaster,
A frequent contributor to this
newspaper of stories about the southeast region of the state,
Reilly is a fulltime newspaper editor and outdoors writer for
Lancaster Newspapers Inc.
Pennsylvania Outdoor News Editor
Jeff Mulhollem was not surprised Brady, Moyer and Reilly were
honored. “They are recognized as among the very best in their
field, and I am privileged to work with them,” he said.
“They, and other talented writers
like them, are the reason Pennsylvania Outdoor News is so
informative and entertaining for our readers, and so much fun for
me to put together.”
Since its inception in 1927, OWAA
has become the largest and oldest association of professional
outdoor communicators in the United States.