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The Globe and Mail has won seven of the 22 categories at the 61st annual National Newspaper Awards.

That's almost one-third of the total honours for journalism published in 2009, more than any other news organization in the country.

The awards were handed out Friday in Toronto. The judges picked The Globe as the winner in the following categories:

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  • Brian Gable won his fifth award for editorial cartooning.
  • Foreign correspondent Stephanie Nolen won her fourth NNA in the category of explanatory journalism for a story about why children in India are dying of malnutrition despite that nation's economic prosperity.
  • Foreign correspondent Geoffrey York won the international reporting category for his stories on the abduction and ransoming of two Canadian diplomats in west Africa.
  • Reporters Jacquie McNish, Greg Keenan and Janet McFarland captured the business reporting category for their stories on Nortel's continuing saga and the impact its troubles are having on its pensioners.
  • André Picard took first place in column writing.
  • Adam Radwanski captured the honours for editorial writing.
  • Designers Jason Chiu and David Pratt won the award for presentation.

The Toronto Star was runner-up, winning six of the 22 awards.

Next was The New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal in Saint John and The Ottawa Citizen with two each.

Single NNA certificates were awarded to La Presse in Montreal, The Guelph Mercury, The London Free Press, Reuters, and The Province in Vancouver.

Winners received cheques for $1,000 and a certificate of award. Runners-up received citations of merit.

There were 1,301 entries in this year's competition for works that appeared in the year 2009.

This is the 21st year for the NNAs under a board of governors which includes editors, publishers and the public from across Canada as well as representatives from the Toronto Press Club. Prior to 1989, the NNAs were sponsored by the Toronto Press Club. The awards are now administered from the National Newspaper Awards office in Toronto.

The Globe's winners were:

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Explanatory Work: Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for a story of why children in India are dying of malnutrition despite that nation's economic prosperity.

Paul Waldie and Grant Robertson of The Globe were also finalists in this category for a story on the history of vaccine and how it has become an economic powerhouse.

Business: Jacquie McNish, Greg Keenan, and Janet McFarland of The Globe and Mail for stories on Nortel's continuing saga and the impact on pensioners.

The Globe's Shawn McCarthy and Nathan VanderKlippe were also finalists for this award for their reporting on the quest for a clean oil industry

Columns: André Picard

International Reporting: Globe foreign correspondent Geoffrey York on the abduction and ransoming of two Canadian diplomats.

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Graeme Smith was also a finalist in this category for stories of drug- and arms-fuelled corruption in the Afghan government.

Editorials: Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail.

Editorial Cartooning: Brian Gable

A collection of sketches that earned him a National Newspaper Award in the editorial cartooning category

Presentation: The winners were Jason Chiu and David Pratt.

David Woodside was also a finalist in this category.

The Globe's other finalists for the NNAs were:

Long Features: Carolyn Abraham for a compelling report on geroscience, prolonging the human lifespan.

Breaking News: Dawn Walton, Les Perreaux and Josh Wingrove for their coverage of a couple's romantic ski trip turned into tragedy in the B.C. interior.

Multimedia Feature: The Globe's study of the lives of women in Afghanistan

Editorial Writing: Sean Fine

Other highlights of the 2009 awards included:

  • Bruno Schlumberger of the Ottawa Citizen took two NNAs in Feature Photo and News Feature Photo. This gives him six NNAs in total for photography, the most of any photographer in NNA history.
  • Michèle Ouimet of La Presse in Montreal has won her second NNA.
  • Marty Klinkenberg of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal has won his second NNA
  • Steve Russell of the Toronto Star won his second NNA
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