Best Newspaper Columnist

Joel Connelly

I've never met Joel Connelly. I have, however, read his words—in print and now online—for what literally feels like forever. And while I haven't agreed with everything he's ever scribbled, it's hard to deny the voice he's provided for this region. For the record, Connelly sealed the deal on this award while covering President Obama's fundraising stop at the Paramount Theater earlier this year. All the other press schmucks, myself included, were glued to our smartphones while stuck in the press coop—fidgeting and milling (with shitty reception) like hamsters on speed. Connelly, by contrast, was nearly napping as we waited, nothing more than a rolled-up issue of The New Yorker in his hand. MATT DRISCOLL

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