4 journalists, 19th-century author earn Yankee Quill awards

BOSTON – Four veteran New England journalists and a 19th-century poet, writer and editor have been named winners of the Yankee Quill award, the six-state region’s highest journalistic honour.

This year’s honorees are Edward Achorn, vice-president/editorial pages at The Providence Journal; Maura Casey, editorial writer at the Hartford Courant and The New York Times; Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe; and Lincoln McKie Jr., Northeastern University journalism professor and former top editor at The Sun of Lowell and Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Sarah Josepha Hale is being honoured as a historic figure in journalism. She is the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and was an ardent supporter of girls’ education in the early 19th century.

Selection is based on a journalist’s influence over the course of a career.