Caledonian-Record sports editor Michael Beniash is a finalist for 2020 Vermont Sportswriter of the Year, the National Sports Media Association announced on Wednesday.
Beniash, 40, was named Vermont Sportswriter of the Year in 2019, sharing the award with Austin Danforth of the Burlington Free Press.
Beniash is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He worked for the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal and the Littleton (N.H.) Courier before taking over as the Caledonian-Record sports editor in 2009.
Joining Beniash as 2020 finalists are Danforth and his Free Press colleague, Alex Abrami.
The NSMA also revealed that Jack Fitzsimmons of WCAX-TV and George Commo of NSN Sports were named finalists for 2020 Vermont Sportscaster of the Year.
There are 296 finalists for NSMA’s state sportscaster and sportswriter of the year honors. Those awards are contested in 49 states, plus the District of Columbia.
A national sportscaster and sportswriter of the year will also be selected, along with the announcement of a 2021 NSMA Hall of Fame class.
Two first-timers headline the 2020 National Sportswriter of the Year finalists: Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.
“Once again, our members have nominated some of the best practitioners of sportscasting and sportswriting that this country has to offer,” said NSMA executive director Dave Goren. “It’s the first step in honoring the best of the best, as a way to pass down our history through the generations.”
NSMA members provide the nominations for the 2020 state and national awards.
The final ballot will be sent to NSMA members on Dec. 1, with voting open until Dec. 31.
Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees will be informed individually during the first week of January. They will be announced during the second week of January and honored during the 61st NSMA Awards weekend, June 26-28, 2021, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
View the full list on finalists at https://nationalsportsmedia.org/.