Ridgefield Press Editor Macklin Reid took home a pair of first-place awards in education and government reporting at the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association conference last weekend at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

Press Sports Editor Tim Murphy won a second-place award in the category of Best Sports Column for a piece he wrote in the company’s sister paper, The Wilton Bulletin, where he is also sports editor.

“The reporter follows a group of serious science students and reports some of their three-year research projects,” the judges wrote about Mr. Reid’s series on Ridgefield High School’s science research class, recognizing what they called “excellent journalism.”

As for the government story, Mr. Reid was recognized his story about Ridgefield’s long-term debt titled, “Ridgefield isn’t Detroit, say officials and agencies.

“Excellent exploration and explanation of an important but often neglected municipal financial issue: debt and pension costs,” the judges wrote.

“Murph’s Turf seems to touch on society/sports issues … well written, informative stuff,” the judges wrote about Mr. Murphy’s column.

Press editorial cartoonist Doug Smith also won for best cartoon for a cartoon that appeard in The Darien Times.

Other Hersam Acorn newspapers earned awards for crime and court reporting, sports section, editorial cartoon, slide show, health reporting, photography, history, obituaries, and human interest for the period between August 2013 and July 2014.