On Saturday at the annual Virginia Press Association News & Advertising Conference, Charlottesville Tomorrow received 15 awards for our brand of in-depth community news.  The recognition includes seven first place awards, five of which were for news writing. Charlottesville Tomorrow, which competes in the online division, also received top honors in photography and multimedia categories.

On behalf of our entire staff and board of directors, we are honored to have this recognition and we want to thank you, our readers and supporters, for giving us this opportunity to work in this way for a better future in Charlottesville-Albemarle.

2013 Virginia Press Association awards to Charlottesville Tomorrow
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Sean Tubbs & Brian Wheeler

FIRST PLACE, In-depth or investigative reporting (online division)

Bold redevelopment plan features greenway in downtown Charlottesville

Officials in the City of Charlottesville hired consultants to prepare a major redevelopment plan for about 330 acres in the heart of the city, which included several public-housing sites. Charlottesville Tomorrow covered the process throughout 2013 from the time the so called Strategic Investment Area was identified to the unveiling of the redevelopment plan.

Tim Shea

FIRST PLACE, Education writing (online division)

FIRST PLACE, Feature series or continuing story (online division)

River River Vortex

FIRST PLACE, Online slideshow (online division)

Crozet Book Brigade

Claudia Elzey

FIRST PLACE, Health, science and environment writing (online division)

Brian Wheeler

FIRST PLACE, Multimedia news report (online division)

Albemarle candidates outline positions on Western Bypass

FIRST PLACE, Photography – General news photo (online division)


Feature series or continuing story

SECOND PLACE, Brian Weeler & Sean Tubbs – Arrowhead Farm park

THIRD PLACE, Brian Wheeler & Andrew Quarles – Trump National Golf Club

General news writing

SECOND PLACE, Tim Shea – County School Board ends student ranking process

Feature story writing

SECOND PLACE, Tim Shea – Tunnel use by wildlife aids driver safety

THIRD PLACE, Sean Tubbs – New farm aims to go ‘beyond’ organic

Feature writing portfolio


Multimedia reporting


Photography – General news photo


We are very thankful for the support of our news partners at The Daily Progress, especially for the work of editors Jenny Rector and Elliott Robinson, and managing editor Lee Wolverton. We continue to learn from these professionals and the news we are privileged to share with the community is better as a result.

In our second year as a VPA member, we also have some repeat winners. 

Sean Tubbs, who just celebrated his seventh anniversary at Charlottesville Tomorrow, has been recognized for a second year with a first place award for in-depth or investigative reporting (shared with Brian Wheeler).  Sean’s news reporting was recognized with four total awards.

Tim Shea was also recognized for a second year in a row with a first place news writing award, this year for our coverage of public education in Charlottesville-Albemarle.  Tim’s writing, multimedia content, and photography were recognized with seven total awards.

Brian Wheeler Charlottesville Tomorrow’s executive director for the past nine years, has been recognized for a second year with a first place award for in-depth or investigative reporting (shared with Sean Tubbs).  Brian’s writing, multimedia content, and photography were recognized with five total awards.

Also for a second year, our hard working interns have won awards.  Claudia Elzey and Andrew Quarles were both recognized for their news reporting by the Virginia Press Association.

Many of you also helped us tell these stories.  You trusted us with your story ideas, you allowed us to share your opinions, you pointed us in the direction of important information sources and you made gifts to support this work. Thank you.

Informed citizens create better communities

Our goal is to connect you to vital information for making informed choices about our community’s future.  With your continued support, we will aim to provide even more of the best in community news in 2014.


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