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Globe editor, four others win Yankee Quill honors

A Boston Globe editor and a 19th-century poet, among three others, have been named winners of this year’s Yankee Quill awards, a high honor presented to journalists by fellow journalists.

Christine Chinlund, managing editor for news at the Globe; the late Peter Lord of the Providence Journal; James Rousmaniere of the Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire; and Eliot White of the Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn., were honored with the 2013 Yankee Quill award. The late poet John Greenleaf Whittier was also recognized.

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Chinlund has been with the Globe for 30 years. She now oversees the newsroom operation and serves as the principal editor of the paper’s Page One stories. She has been a political reporter, part of the Globe’s Spotlight Team, the supervising editor for the national and foreign desks, and was the paper’s ombudsman for three years.

Chinlund received the Yankee Quill award for her “passion for accountability journalism, commitment to the highest . . . standards [of the profession], and special connection to Globe readers,” said a Yankee Quill press release.

Whittier is being honored because he supported himself not just through poetry, but also as a newspaper reporter. Whittier reported for newspapers in Boston, Haverhill, and Hartford. He was also an editor of the Pennsylvania Freeman.

Lord passed away in 2012 after working at the Providence Journal as an environmental journalist and bureau manager. His reports on lead poisoning in Rhode Island led to a change in state laws.

Rousmaniere retired recently after a 35-year career during which he was editor and president of the Sentinel. He also spent close to 10 years at The Baltimore Sun.

White is chief executive of his family-owned paper in Meriden.

He was very involved with local news reporting and has been a supporter of open government initiatives.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com.
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