Reporter Shawn Ryan was awarded the first annual Ernie Pyle Award for Outstanding Journalism. Honor Flight Director Danny Kaifetz awarded Ryan a plaque and a copy of the book “Ernie Pyle’s War.”
The award is named after Ernie Pyle, who was one of the most prolific and beloved correspondents who covered World War II. He was killed in action in the Pacific Theater near the end of the war. Two other local journalists will also be receiving the Ernie Pyle award, but Kaifetz would not identify those individuals until he can present the awards in person.