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Newsday founders, paper's coverage of Gary Melius, to be honored by Press Club of Long Island

The founders of Newsday and stories examining the shooting and political dealings of Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius are among the recipients of this year's Press Club of Long Island awards.

"This year's award winners show the very best in Long Island journalism," said Chris R. Vaccaro, PCLI president, in announcing the awards to be presented June 4 at the Woodbury Country Club.

"We're thrilled to honor some of the region's top journalists who strive to cover one of the most diverse news regions in the country," Vaccaro said.

PCLI, a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, has posthumously inducted into its Hall of Fame Newsday's first publisher and editor, Alicia Patterson, and her husband, Harry Guggenheim. The couple launched the tabloid in 1940.

Longtime Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer, who worked for the newspaper for 33 years and who now serves as PCLI's vice president, is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Newsday's investigation into political dealings and public corruption after the February 2014 assassination attempt on Melius is this year's winner of the Robert W. Greene Public Service Award.

Alanna Levine, a Jericho High School senior, will receive the Hank Logeman/News 12 High School Journalism Award, and Victoria Chiesa, a senior at Adelphi University, is the recipient of the College Journalism Scholarship Award.

Tickets to the event and a list of awards finalists are available online at


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