The contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and now in its 63rd year, recognizes the best journalism in an 11-state competition across the southeastern United States.
Maguire’s column, “First! ... and the 5-year- old” appeared in the October 2012 edition of Cobb Life. The winners were announced May 8.
“Cherokee Life is well-received by our readers and an extremely popular part of our newspaper,” said Tribune Managing Editor Rebecca Johnston. “We congratulate Mark Maguire on this prestigious and well-deserved award in recognition of his work.”
Maguire had previously won second-and third-place awards in the Humorous and Serious Commentary categories of the Green Eyeshade Awards, but this marked his first first-place award.