After going to press Friday night (Feb. 27), the Ocracoke Observer learned that it won first place for General Excellence for Website in its division by the North Carolina Press Association.

These Special Awards were announced at the N.C. Press Association’s virtual convention Friday evening and posted later on the NCPA’s website.

In the 2020 competition, the Observer placed first ahead of the Carolina Public Press, second-place, and the Coastal Review Online, third.  In addition, the Observer won four awards for writing and photography.

Last summer, the Observer co-owners/publishers Connie Leinbach, also the editor, and Peter Vankevich, engaged Cheryl Wilder of Atlas Endeavors LLC to redesign its website.

Although the Observer prints a monthly issue 10 times a year, it competes in the online division, consisting of 14 online newspapers, in the annual contest.

The Ocracoke Observer joined the N.C. Press Association in 2015 and has won more than 40 awards in various categories, including several in first place.

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