Delaware Eyewitness wins First Place in Delaware Press Association Annual Communications Contest

April 14, 2020

On March 30, 2020 the Delaware Press Association (DPA) announced that “Delaware Eyewitness: Behind the Scenes in the First State” by John Riley has been recognized as the first place winner of their annual award in the category of “Nonfiction Books for Adult Readers – Autobiography or Memoir.

About Delaware Eyewitness

Delaware Eyewitness provides a behind the scenes look at the people, places and events in and around the First State. The story begins with the post-World War II period where the country’s possibilities seemed to know no bounds, and continues through to the crushing reality of assassinations, the draft and the Vietnam years. Then based on two decades working for governors and “Chemical Capitol” CEO’s, Riley tells how the decisions were made that led to the headlines.

The book is available online at and on Amazon. The book can also be found at the Delaware History Museum and in the following bookstores: Hockessin Book Shelf, Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach, DE and Bethany Beach Books.

About the Delaware Press Association

Founded in 1977, the DPA is a network of more than 150 journalists, broadcasters, public relations specialists, graphic designers, photojournalists, educators, authors, poets, and freelancers dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in communication and to protecting First Amendment freedoms.

According to the DPA website the Annual Communications Contest is open to all professional communicators in Delaware and nearby out-of-state communities and encourages and rewards excellence in communication. Judged by out-of-state communications professionals to ensure impartiality, the contest provides an opportunity to compete in various print or electronic broadcasting fields. All DPA contest winners are honored at the DPA Annual Meeting and Contest Awards Banquet each spring.

About the Author

John Riley retired in 2016 after leading government relations for two global corporations. He has also served in various economic development roles including CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. In 2017 John joined former Philadelphia Eagle Kevin Reilly as co-author of his book, Tackling Life and recently released a memoir: Delaware Eyewitness: Behind the Scenes in the First State. John and his wife Sharon live in Wilmington. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

For more information, contact Mike Fontecchio at Faith & Family Publications here or John Riley here.


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