ALBANY — Genesee Country Express Reporter Jasmine Willis was honored with a first-place award from the New York News Publisher's Association in Albany. Willis wrote a series of articles on Main Street businesses and growth in Dansville as part of a Progress Edition called "Back to the Future," which showed the Dansville, Wellsville and Hornell area have thriving Main Streets in an era where many Main Street districts are dying. Her stories included Gunlocke, The Coffee Cup, and Steve's Place. Willis' articles appeared in the special edition that appeared in the Dansville, Hornell and Wellsville newspapers. She won first place in the Distinguished News Supplement category during the banquet at the State Room in Albany. Willis has been a reporter with the Genesee Country Express since 2015. "Jasmine works the beat and is constantly bringing readers stories on new businesses and events in Dansville," said Regional Editor John Anderson. "Each week the pages are filled wth photos and features on our neighbors and friends as well as a look back at the amazing history of our region." Anderson, who was also honored for his work in the Progress Edition, also won first place awards for Distinguished Business Reporting for stories on Alstom's Amtrak contract and Distinguished Sports Writing for a feature on Alfred University football player Julio Fuentes, who was paralyzed playing football and walked on the field this past season for a coin flip.