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One of my favorite things to do as the editor of The Citizen is to announce great news about our staff's accomplishments, and in the past week, I've had the treat of sending out congratulatory emails three times.

Now I get to keep the fun going by sharing the news with all of our readers.

Let me start with a huge honor for Kevin Rivoli, our photojournalist. You may recall reading about Kevin recently after he was named the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year in the New York/International Region for 2018. This marked the second straight year Kevin earned this award.

Not long after learning the news of his repeat in that competition, we heard that Kevin was chosen as one of five winners in an international contest run via Instagram by Lens Magazine. Kevin's portrait of local triplets who are star athletes in Weedsport was selected in the contest's Unity & Division category. He will be featured in the magazine's April edition, and his work will be exhibited at the FirstAmendmentVoice Annual Symposium at the U.S. Constitutional Center in Philadelphia in September.

A day or two after hearing Kevin's news, we found out about a huge honor for Robert Harding, our online producer and New York politics reporter.

Many readers of The Citizen probably followed the career of Auburn native Bill Carey, the longtime central New York broadcast journalist who covered the region with excellence for decades before passing away in 2015. Bill was working for what was then called Time Warner Cable News when he died from lung cancer, but his illustrious career started in 1971 when he joined radio station WMBO in Auburn.

Shortly after his passing, the Syracuse Press Club established a Bill Carey Journalist of the Year award. And for the first time, the winner of that award is a member of The Citizen's newsroom.

Robert Harding received the news about this honor last week. This award is given to one journalist in a 21-county region and includes all news media platforms. It's a prestigious honor, and it's one that's especially meaningful to Robert.

Shortly after he joined us about a decade ago and began covering political events in the region, one of the first people in regional media who made a big impact on Robert was Bill Carey. Both men shared a passion for journalism and they loved following politics, and I'm sure the Auburn connection helped them form a bond, as well. When Bill passed away, Robert wrote a moving tribute.

"There will never be another Bill Carey. He was a kid from Auburn who grew up to become the best journalist in central New York. He won numerous awards and would travel the world if it meant getting a story that mattered to this region. He had four decades of experience, but treated this young reporter with nothing but respect. ... Thank you, Bill. You were a great role model for me and many others."

It's so inspiring to see Robert receive this recognition in honor of Bill.

In addition to those honors, both Kevin and Robert were among the finalists in specific categories in the Syracuse Press Club's yearly contest. Robert's work as the leader of our online efforts, along with the rest of the newsroom staff, is being recognized in the best news website category. Kevin is an honoree for spot news photo and scenic photo. Joining them as a finalist is staff reporter Megan Ehrhart for investigative reporting.

We'll learn about who won first, second and third in these categories at an SPC banquet later this month.

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Executive editor Jeremy Boyer’s column appears Thursdays in The Citizen and he can be reached at (315) 282-2231 or jeremy.boyer@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenBoyer

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