John MacDonald was presented his award by Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott for his columns on police, public safety and using his column to rally our readers to a pro-police rally in Lowell last January. MacDonald is in his second year as a Valley Patriot columnist. He is a veteran of the US Air Force, a radio host on 980WCAP, author of “Moonlight Montechristo”, and is the owner of Big Decisions, LLC. He is the only person to ever be nominated for four awards in one year.
Lawrence resident Kathy Runge was awarded the Editor’s Choice award for using her column in The Valley Patriot to expose voter fraud in Lawrence, theft of public services, fraud, and illegally held meetings by the Lawrence City Council. Runge frequently submits public records requests for The Valley Patriot.
Each year, The Valley Patriot honors two Valley Patriot contributors for outstanding writing, or taking the high road in public discourse while also taking very bold stands on some of the most important issues that shape our culture and our community. Columnists, reporters, and even letter writers are eligible for this award.
PREVIOUS WINNERS: (2013) Groveland Selectman Joe D’Amore, Georgetown Selectman Lonnie Brennan. (2014) Radio host and columnist Jeff Katz and Heartbeat founder Paul Murano.