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Dramatic Olympics pages get recognition -- and so does former Buffalo News reporter Juan Forero

OlycoversStarting with last Saturday's spectacular front page covering the Olympics opening ceremonies, several Buffalo News page designs have earned national notice over the past week.   News Design Director Vincent Chiaramonte and designer Andrea Zagata are largely behind the pages, with other designers joining in.  

Scroll to the bottom of this one from the Society of News Design.  Do this same with this one, to see a page designed by graphic artist Christina Wilemski, also recognized by SND.  Meanwhile, the Washington, D.C.-based Newseum recognized two Buffalo News front pages this week in its daily Top Ten.

Says Chiaramonte: "We're really reaching for a broader audience than just sports, and using these dramatic photos for compelling storytelling." 

Meanwhile, former News reporter Juan Forero -- now South America correspondent for the Washington Post and NPR -- was recognized this week  by Columbia University with its Moors Cabot award, which has been given for 74 years to journalists across the Americas for coverage of regional issues. Here's the link:  http://news.columbia.edu/oncampus/2841

Forero, born in Bogota, Colombia, came to the United States at age 5.   His stint at The News -- mostly as a police reporter -- began in 1988, shortly after he graduated from Columbia University's graduate school of journalism, and lasted until 1992.   In an email, he recalled today that he got his first taste of foreign reporting here:

"My very first foreign assignment was for the Buffalo News. In 1989, Pablo Escobar's hit men assassinated the the front-running, reformist presidential candidate in Colombia, Luis Carlos Galan. And I was doing a stint on the Sunday magazine at the time. The editor decided to send me to Colombia to do a first-person story about my return to Colombia during a time of tumult (I hadn't been to Colombia since 1981, when I was still a kid). And if memory serves, I also did four articles for the news pages. Very exciting and got me hooked on foreign reporting and Latin America! When I left the News, I went to LA and Mexico City to do a year-long fellowship that focused on Latin American affairs."

Congratulations to all.

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