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'From Burma to Buffalo' series wins national, international recognition

Several Buffalo News journalists have been honored for their reporting, photography and design for "From Burma to Buffalo," a six-part series about the thousands of Burmese refugees who now live in Buffalo.

The Society for Professional Journalists named Jerry Zremski, who wrote the series, the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award winner for non-deadline reporting. Zremski, the Washington bureau chief, won the award for excellence in journalism in the category for large newspapers.

News Chief Photographer Derek Gee won the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI for his role in the project. FBI Director James Comey presented Gee with the award at a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 28.

"Through this series, Mr. Gee gave a voice to the more than 4,000 refugees who have settled in the area and provided cultural awareness and understanding, thereby helping to protect the civil rights of the Burmese population," the FBI said in describing Gee's work.

The Burma project received 15 awards from Society of News Design, an international organization that judged entries from across the world. The society recognized Design Director Vince Chiaramonte, Director of Photography Cathaleen Curtiss and Gee.

Also, the National Press Photographers Association cited Curtiss, Gee and Chiaramonte in awarding the series an honorable mention for newspaper recurring feature or series in its 2017 Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing  contest.

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