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McGrory wins top honor for his columns

The Boston Globe’s Brian McGrory has won a top journalism honor for his columns in the Metro section, claiming the Sigma Delta Chi Award for general column writing in a daily newspaper with a circulation of 100,000 or more.

The recognition, announced Tuesday by the Society of Professional Journalists, comes a month after McGrory won a Scripps Howard Award for outstanding commentary for a similar sample of his 2011 columns.

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“Brian ranks among the best columnists in the nation,’’ Globe editor Martin Baron said. “It is enormously gratifying to see him recognized for his exceptional work.’’

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards, presented annually, date to 1932 and honor excellence in print, radio, television, and online journalism. McGrory, a former Metro editor and national reporter for the Globe, won the top general columnist prize for a selection of five 2011 columns.

In those columns, McGrory chronicled and weighed in on a range of subjects with his distinctive voice and versatile style, poignant and perceptive, funny and tough: an encounter with a former president at a Maine farmstand, the collapse of the 2011 Red Sox, the surprise capture of fugitive gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger.

The collection also included McGrory’s insightful front-page retrospective on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and a memorial to a beloved Catholic priest who was twice cleared of unfounded allegations of abuse, accusations that left him withered in body and spirit.

The awards banquet for McGrory and the other honorees will be held July 20 at the National Press Club in Washington.

Eric Moskowitz can be reached at
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