2nd Place Honors
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Brian Colligan
The Virginian-Pilot

Brian Colligan's editorials, all published between January and May 2022, speak to attacks on public education by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, state lawmakers and local school board officials in the region. They forcefully rebut the accusations made against teachers and schools — including attempts to remove "divisive concepts" from the classroom and to ban books — and outline a legal effort against the governor for information related to a tip line to solicit complaints that he is shielding from public view.

The judges said his first column, especially, was beautifully written.  "It was a bomb," one judge commented.  "It was that good!" They said the columns raised profound and important issues in the local community.

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