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The Commons

Marcel wins national business journalism award

Originally published in The Commons issue #420 (Wednesday, August 9, 2017). This story appeared on page C4.

Vermont Business Magazine has received three national awards for editorial excellence in 2016 from the Alliance of Area Business Publications at its annual Summer Conference in Dallas June 24.

These are the highest awards available to VBM and regional business news publications in the United States.

Contributing writer Joyce Marcel of Dummerston — also a regular contributor to The Commons — won gold in the Best Personality Profile category for her piece on Rutland Mayor Chris Louras.

Louras championed bringing Syrian refugees to Rutland, but subsequently lost his re-election bid in 2016.

“Joyce’s profiles consistently reveal the person that exists beneath their success as a businessperson or politician,” VBM Publisher John Boutin said in a news release.

VBM won a silver award in the Best Coverage of Local Breaking News category for Timothy McQuiston, editor; Chris Graff, columnist; and Mike Smith, columnist for the Jay Peak/EB-5 fraud case, which was revealed in April 2016.

VBM won a second silver award in the “best editorial” category for McQuiston’s piece on how an investment in housing will be an investment in the economy.

Vermont Business Magazine has won several AABP awards over the years, including past gold, silver and bronze awards for Marcel and McQuiston.

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