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Enterprise's Ripley wins press association honors

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RALEIGH — Ken Ripley, The Enterprise’s editor and publisher emeritus, earned two awards in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2018 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest. Ripley received second-place honors for The Enterprise’s former editorial page, Viewpoints, and took a third-place award for serious columns. Awards were presented Thursday night at the NCPA’s annual convention held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. “These columns are written from the heart,” the contest judge in the serious columns category wrote. “They reflect years of experience and a care for the craft of journalism. They touch on the very nature of what journalists do and why; they ask good questions and give a solid way to go forward as a business and as a community.” The Wilson Times Co. purchased the newspaper from Ripley in June 2018. Ripley owned and operated the publication for 43 years, leading it to a combined total of 79 NCPA awards in that time.

“We’re proud that The Enterprise continues to distinguish itself among weekly newspapers and is recognized for excellence among its professional peers,” said Corey Friedman, The Enterprise’s editor. “Ken remains an integral part of our team covering southern Nash County, and we congratulate him for his continued legacy of award-winning work.” Ripley, a resident of Spring Hope, writes a weekly column for The Enterprise and assists with local news coverage as a freelance writer. In the NCPA’s 2017 contest, Ripley won first-place honors for best multimedia project and a second-place award for best news coverage. Those awards were presented in March 2018. The Enterprise competes in the press association’s Division A, which includes community newspapers under 3,500 circulation. Out-of-state journalists judge the annual contest in reciprocal agreements with the NCPA. Judges’ identities are not revealed to entrants before or after results are announced.