NATICK — The Sunday Telegram has been named New England Newspaper of the Year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

The award was handed out Thursday at NENPA’s fall conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Sunday Telegram won in the circulation category of 30,000-45,000.

The contest is judged by newspaper readers, making it unlike other competitions in the industry, according to NENPA. Newspapers are evaluated for quality of reporting, writing, photography, presentation and online journalism.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this entire team of hardworking professionals," Telegram & Gazette President Paul Provost said. “They have executed their plans to perfection and deserve this recognition.”

In addition to being named the best Sunday newspaper in the six New England states, the Telegram & Gazette received the top editorial writing award. The Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award was given to editorial pages editor Anthony Simollardes for a May 7 editorial “The DA and the Bibaud investigation – District Attorney Early should resign.”

The newspaper was also honored for its public service, receiving a Publick Occurrences award for its ongoing “Remaking Worcester” series, which has taken an in-depth look at development in the city.

The Sunday Newspaper of the Year award was accepted by Mr. Provost and Dave Nordman, acting executive editor.

Mark Conti, assistant editor for local news, accepted the Publick Occurrences award, which recognizes the very best work that New England newspapers produce each year – whether it’s individual or team stories, series, spot news coverage, columns or photojournalism.

“Being recognized in three categories is a great honor,” Mr. Nordman said. “It acknowledges the work that our reporters, photographers and editors do each day to give our readers the highest quality news and information of any media company in New England.”

In recognizing Mr. Simollardes for his editorial, judges said the piece "rose above the rest" and was found to be "detailed, clear and urgent."