Community journalist Cathy Benson was named the 10th recipient of The Roanoke Times’ Rugaber Award. Benson, who writes for The Botetourt View and its sister blog, The Notebook, was recognized for her contributions in launching the successful weekly publication.
Benson “has helped set the tone, been an avid cheerleader, a loyal employee and a supportive co-worker, providing leadership to the entire team,” Roanoke Times editor Carole Tarrant said in presenting the award May 13.
The Rugaber Award is named for former Roanoke Times publisher Walter Rugaber. It annually recognizes the newsroom employee “whose work in the past 12 months has displayed, day in and day out, an intense curiosity, a depth of understanding, and an enterprising drive to discover unique and significant stories.”