WASHINGTON -- Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, announced Monday the winners of its 1986 Distinguished Service Awards, with The Miami Herald and NBC Radio News taking two apiece.
Winners of the awards, which have been presented annually since 1932, will be given plaques and bronze medallions during a banquet May 2 in St. Paul, Minn.
Alfonso Chardy, 35, of The Miami Herald won the Washington Correspondence award for his early stories about the National Security Council connection in the Iran arms-Contra aid scandal.
The Herald's Juan Tamayo, 36, won the Foreign Correspondence award for articles on terrorist networks in Europe and the Middle East.
Frederick Kennedy, 47, and Philip John Till, 34, of NBC Radio News won Radio Spot News Reporting honors for their live reports on last April's U.S. bombing raid against Libya.
NBC Radio News also won the award for Public Service in Radio Journalism for a half-hour documentary, 'Cocaine Hunger.'
Thomas Maier, 30, and Rex Smith, 34, of the Long Island, N.Y., daily Newsday won the General Reporting award for papers with circulation over 100,000 with a five-part series about the Suffolk County, N.Y., police department's questionable methods of taking and using confessions.
Kent Steward, 39, managing editor of The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, won the General Reporting Award for under 100,000 circulation for an article chronicling the last year of an elderly cancer victim's life.
Richard Doak, 46, of the Des Moines (Iowa) Register won the Editorial Writing award for his analysis of the failure of federal farm programs.
Kim Komenich, 30, of the San Francisco Examiner won the News Photography award for a series of photographs documenting the downfall of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
Michael Keefe, 41, of The Denver Post won the Editorial Cartooning award for cartoons including 'The Edmond, Okla., Memorial Postage Stamp,' which showed a stamp emblazoned with a .45-caliber pistol and the words 'An American Tradition.'
The Seattle Times won the Public Service in Newspaper Journalism award for circulation of more than 100,000 for a 10-part series on dangerous conditions at U.S. nuclear weapons factories.
The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., won the public service award for circulation under 100,000 for a series on excessive entertainment spending by the board of a Luzerne County educational agency.
Freelance writer Ken Case, 32, won the Magazine Reporting award for his profile on Austin, Texas, banker Ruben Johnson in Third Coast magazine.
Money magazine won the Public Service in Magazine Journalism award for 'Inside the Billion-Dollar Blood Business,' an article that led to better screening for acquired immune deficiency syndrome and hepatitis at blood banks.
Steve Smith, 27, of KNX-AM in Los Angeles won the Editorializing on Radio award for a two-part commentary supporting an insurance law.
The CBS Evening News was cited for Television Spot News Reporting for three reports about the war in Afghanistan.
WCCO-TV in Minneapolis won the Public Service in Television Journalism award for top-50 markets for an hourlong documentary on the murder of a federal witness in a drug case.
Michael Tuck, 41, of KGTV in San Diego won the Editorializing on Television award for a series of commentaries criticizing City Council member Uvaldo Martinez' misuse of a city credit card.
David Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit of Indiana University in Bloomington won the Research About Journalism award for their book 'The American Journalist: A portrait of U.S. news people and their work.'