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Globe editorial page editor Canellos wins American Society of News Editors award

Peter Canellos

The Boston Globe’s editorial page editor, Peter Canellos, has won a 2011 distinguished writing award, the American Society of News Editors announced.

Canellos was presented with the award for his editorials, which “ran the gamut from Mitt Romney’s religion to the broken busing and school-assignment process in the Boston schools,” the society said Monday.

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“The American Society of News Editors is pleased to honor a wide range of extraordinary work and substance,” Ken Paulson, president of ASNE, said in a statement announcing its annual journalism awards. “Collectively these hard-hitting and illuminating reports and photographs remind us of the critical role our free press plays in protecting the disadvantaged and keeping an eye on the powerful.”

Among Canellos’s award-winning columns were pieces on the life and legacy of former Globe publisher William O. Taylor, the arrest of James “Whitey” Bulger, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “place in the national pantheon.” Canellos said the award proves the dedication and diversity of work the Globe’s editorial board undertakes.

“I see this as a reflection of all the great work done by our editorial board,” Canellos said of the award. “Editorial writing provides an unusual chance to speak to and, in some sense, for the community. The editorials chosen for this award reflect the range of topics the editorial board addresses.”

Canellos was named editor of the Globe’s editorial page in July 2009. Previously, he served as the Globe’s Washington bureau chief and wrote the “National Perspective” column. He began working for the Globe in 1988.

To read the award-winning editorials, click here.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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