For the first time in many years, the Mount Olive Tribune brought home a special accolade from the 2020 N.C. Press Association’s Editorial Contest Friday.
Assistant Editor Rudy Coggins won third place in Sports Feature Writing for his story, “Barnes hooks state-record catfish.”
“Rudy works so hard to chronicle the lives of people in the Mount Olive, Faison, Calypso, Dudley and Seven Springs areas. He has more than earned this honor and I am grateful to have him on our team,” said Emily Weaver, managing editor of the Tribune. “From his spot-on sports and news coverage to his award-winning features and business spotlights, he keeps us informed, engaged and entertained.”
Rudy Coggins joined the Mount Olive Tribune in January 2020 as its assistant editor.
“I’ve had to wait over a month to share this news. And I can say that I finally feel validated as a journalist again,” Coggins said. “This is the fifth award in my career. I’m truly humbled and grateful to work for the Mount Olive Tribune that is owned by Record Publishing Company in Dunn. I’m very fortunate that I have some awesome co-workers. I just wish I could celebrate this with my mom and dad because I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love, support and guidance.”
The Tribune is owned by the Adams family — one of only two families in the state to own and operate local, community newspapers.
The late Hoover Adams, who founded the Tribune’s sister paper, The (Dunn) Daily Record, was a staunch supporter of local, hometown news and its role in keeping residents informed, engaged and entertained, holding public officials accountable and giving community members a platform to voice concerns and a record for generations to come.