The AFRO American Newspapers brought home 10 Maryland, D.C., Delaware, (MDDC) Press Association awards April 22.

Sports journalist Stephen Riley led the AFRO award recipients with 3 awards. Riley won two individual awards, one in the sports story category for his “Gonzaga Clips DeMatha for ACIT Title” and the other in the online commentary or blog category for his “Is it Over Yet? Redskins Find New Ways to Disappoint.”

But it was Riley’s team effort with Sports Editor Perry Green that won best in show in the non-daily sports column category for “Faceoff: With John Wall In, Should Gilbert Arenas Stay or Go?”

Washington Bureau Chief Zenitha Prince won in the feature story category for her story “Life, Death Converge Through Photographer’s Lens.”

Photographer Danita Delaney took home honors in the general news photo category for her cover photo for “Gray Trounces Fenty“ story.

Staff writer George Barnette won an award in the Growth & Land use Reporting category for his story “Controversy Over Proposed Government Building May End Soon”.

Former AFRO staff writer Dorothy Rowley won for “Norton Wants District Inmates Closer to Home.”

In addition to the awards for outstanding journalism, AFRO graphic designers picked up two awards in the Feature Page Design category as Vickie Johnson received an award for her design of the AFRO Senior Guide and Denise Dorsey, AFRO Production Department Manager, won for her design of the Washington AFRO’s “Omegas Celebrated Founders’ Day and Achievement Week.

The AFRO awards ended with the AFRO web site,, winning an award for general web site excellence.

The MDDC Press Association is the primary press association for the mid-Atlantic region and provides training and development, as well as legislative representation for most daily and non-daily newspapers in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware.