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Daily News reporter Nark wins 5 awards

N.J. Society of Professional Journalists gives him 2 first-place citations

A WOODCUTTER who "lives alone in the land of legends" is the last "Piney" in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, "where moonshiners and pirates once hid among the ghosts and ghouls."

Daily News readers have grown accustomed to such informative and entertaining prose from reporter Jason Nark. It seems that the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has noticed him as well.

Yesterday, the organization announced that Nark won five awards in its 2012 contest, including first place in profile writing for "The Last Piney."

In fact, Nark was the only individual to win two first-place awards - the other in sports reporting for "The Perfect Predator," about a Ukrainian ice-hockey coach who hanged himself in jail after he was accused of sexually abusing players. Nark also won two second-place honors (sports and local news) and a third-place award (local news).

Nark, 35, came to the People Paper in June 2008 from the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill. He has a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master's from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Blackwood, N.J., with his wife and three children.

- John F. Morrison