Since Paul Nutcher started in journalism in the early-1990s, he soon found himself being asked by editors to join teams of award winning journalist on state-level projects and series. Most recently he covered the potential impact on the migration of Amazon into Florida on grocers such as Publix Super Markets Inc. This was with the USA TODAY NETWORK in Florida’s growth and development team. He’s also worked on breaking news teams and investigative reporting teams.

While the work of a journalist is a daily grind to find relevant and timely news for readers, once in awhile colleagues and judging panels decide to call out the occasional work that has a beneficial impact on society.

Below are some examples of work that Paul Nutcher, often in collaboration with his editors and colleagues, produced award-winning journalism.


As part of the work produced by the USA TODAY NETWORK in Florida Growth and Development team, its “Amazon Effect” series — which explored the impact of the mega-corporation’s spread deeper into Florida — gained two recent awards:

  • 3rd place business category, Society of Professional Journalists, Green Eyeshade Awards, as judged by 11-state southern U.S. region 2023
  • Also, top 8 national finalist, Best of Gannett awards 2023 for local reporting, with seven other Gannett paper across United States

Story by Paul Nutcher:

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors

The Ledger, Lakeland, USA TODAY NETWORK

1st Place, 2022, Enterprise reporting

Story by Paul Nutcher

“‘Unfortunate and discriminatory’: Black famers feel left out of Florida’s medical marijuana system”


Some of Paul Nutcher’s recognition for his work in journalism started at The Village Daily News.

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
Villages Daily Sun, General Assignment Reporter
Special 9/11 Anniversary Coverage, 1st Place, 2003

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
Villages Daily Sun, General Assignment Reporter
Tragedy Mars Festival, 3rd Place, Daily Deadline, 2003

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
Villages Daily Sun, General Assignment Reporter
Our Heroes, 2nd Place, Special Sections, 2003


Paul Nutcher’s first opportunity to join an award-winning team of journalist was as a young reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He was part of a paper’s newsroom team exploring the impact of the Pennsylvania state lottery. His role was to report on the growing demand for newer and faster-result and potentially addictive ways for state lotteries to expand their offerings.

Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation and Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors: Division 1, daily and Sunday circulation over 100,000

Keystone Press Awards: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, second place, series/special projects, 2000
Series on Pennsylvania Lottery: “Confronting the numbers”

Western Pennsylvania Press Club
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Public Safety Reporter
Series on Pennsylvania Lottery, Golden Quill co-nominee, Investigative Series, 2000

“Confronting the numbers”

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