The Catholic Commentator earned seven Louisiana Press Association awards, which were announced during the annual LPA luncheon on June 16 in New Orleans.

Editor Richard Meek won the Sam Hanna Award for Best Regular Column as well as earning first and second place awards in Best Single Editorial.

Reporter Bonny Van won a third place award in Best News Category for her story on the challenges inmates face upon re-entry into society. 

Graphic designer Nicole Latiolais won three awards, including third place in Best Layout and Design for Giving Across the Diocese, third place in Best Ad Campaign for Anthony’s Deli, and third place in In-Paper Production for a series of promotional ads for The Catholic Commentator.