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The Pine Needle was founded in 1947 at UNC Pembroke.


2021 SPJ Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)

Finalist: The Pine Needle — by staff, University of North Carolina Pembroke

The Pine Needle Homecoming Issue

May 6, 2021 Spring Compilation

General News Photography (small schools)

Mahala Treish winner

March Honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Alyssa Hernandez, finalist

Vanilla Ice Homecoming Show

Zachary Young, finalist

Native Youth Roadside Cleanup

Sports Photography (small schools)

Andrew Thrift winner

UNCP Military Appreciation (Football Tunnel w Smoke)

Andrew Thrift, Finalist

UNCP Soccer Alexis Pittman image

Andrew Thrift, Finalist

UNCP Basketball

General Reporting (small schools)

Zachary Young finalist

Town of Pembroke Awarded 5.2 Million DoT grant

Sports Writing (small schools)

Mahala Treish finalist

2020 North Carolina College Media Awards

– “Best of Show” award winner

– Honorable Mention in two-page layout “Trump Visits Lumberton”

2020 Society of Professional Journalists, three “Mark of Excellence” Regional Awards

– Finalist Award in the category of “Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper.”

– Finalist Award Students React to Police Pepper Spray Incident Following 

Homecoming Tailgate.

– Finalist Award  Soccer Records Two Shutout Victories, Braves Are Now 14-4.

– Finalist Award AD Christy Talks Student-Athlete Compensation.

2020 ACP/CMA National Fall College Media Convention “Best of Show” for Website.

Associated Collegiate Press held a virtual conference and the Pine Needle place #9 nationally for the web newspaper among universities under 10,000 students.

The Society of Environmental Journalists 19th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment. The World’s largest and most comprehensive environmental journalism competition.

– 3rd Place Outstanding Student Journalism “Hurricanes Spawn a Flood of Problems.”

American Scholastic Press Association Newspaper Awards 2020.

– 2nd Place Newspaper

North Carolina College Media Association 2019 Statewide College Media Awards

–  Honorable mention in Sports Writing “Braves Track Club’s Second Anniversary.”

–  3rd Place for Single- or Two-Page Design “Hurricanes Spawn a Flood of Problems.”

– Honorable Mention for Single- or Two-Page Design “Who did it? PAC hosts Murder Mystery Dinner.”

North Carolina College Media Association 2018 Statewide College Media Awards: 

– Honorable Mention Illustration/ Graphic “Parks’ Punts.”

– Honorable Mention “Faculty Respond to Mary Livermore’s Removal of Resources.”

American Scholastic Press Association Scholastic Newspaper Awards 2019:

–  2nd Place Newspaper



Editor in Chief

Anayah L. Peterson

Managing Editor

Andrew Thrift

Campus News Editor

Alyssa Hernandez

Entertainment Editor

Victor Mays

Photo Editor

Mahala Treish

Web Editor

Anthony Vazquez

Public Relations & Promotions

Jillian Shroyer

Social Media Manager

Megan Steed

Graphic Artist

Alana Peterson


Mykayla Brady


Michael Thomas


Dai-shon Donald, Cherish Williams


Dr. Darlene W. Natale

To contact the Pine Needle directly, please email us at pineneedle.news@uncp.edu