Late movie critic Roger Ebert honored for columns

HARTFORD, Conn.

Ebert took first place for online columns or blogs on large websites in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' annual column contest. The group held its annual conference Saturday in Hartford, Conn.

Ebert worked at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years. He died April 4 at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.

He won national fame teaming with fellow film critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune in 1975 for a television show that had them each give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating to the latest releases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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