Darien Times columnist Rebecca Martorella was awarded First Place in the General Columns category by the Connecticut Press Club for her entry featuring two 2018 Reality Check columns, “Virtual Reality” and “Cook Off.” The competition awards 61 categories across the publishing arena, each judged by experts in the respective field.

The award ceremony was held on May 15, 2019 at the Artisan in Southport, and awards were presented by New York Times bestselling author Jane Green, who served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. The Connecticut Press Club is the state division of the National Federation of Press Women. Martorella’s win qualifies her for the national competition to be awarded later this year.