BEDFORD - For the third time in six years, outdoor writer Steve Sorensen won "Best Newspaper Column" from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA). The award was presented in Bedford on May 11 at the organization's annual conference.
Previously, Sorensen won the same award in 2006 and 2008. The POWA "Excellence in Craft" awards program honors writing, artwork and photography in several categories. Each award is reviewed by a panel of judges - all independent of the POWA.
POWA's "Best Newspaper Column" award is sponsored by Hunters Sharing the Harvest (www.ShareDeer.org), a statewide charitable venison donation program which provides more than 750,000 meals annually to help feed the hungry.
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Steve Sorensen, left, receives the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) award for Best Newspaper Column from Tom Tatum, President of POWA. The winning article, “The Reason the Sign Says ‘Please don’t feed the bears,’” appeared in the Times Observer on Nov. 27, 2010.
Sorensen won with a column entitled "The Reason the Sign Says 'Please don't feed the bears'," published in the Warren Times Observer on November 27, 2010. By citing actual examples, the column details how feeding wild bears harms bears and makes them dangerous to humans.
POWA is the largest state outdoor writers' organization in the nation. Sorensen lives in Russell, serves as pastor of Pine Grove Christian Fellowship, speaks frequently at sportsmen's banquets and writes for a variety of regional and national magazines. His popular column called "The Everyday Hunter" appears in several newspapers. Most of Sorensen's writing can be read at his website, www.EverydayHunter.com.