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Awards and Honors


The Daily Triplicate
n Spot News - 1st place (2006), California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest; coverage of tsunami that struck our coastal city, causing $5 million in damage
n Investigative Reporting - 1st place (2006), California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest; four-day series (including editorials) examining why our community's officials were not properly warned of the tsunami
n Front Page - 1st place (2006), California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest; for our front-page content and design
n General Excellence - finalist (2006), California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest; for content and design of three consecutive issues
n Editorial Pages - finalist (2006), California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest; for content and design of our editorial page
n The paper also was a finalist in the Business/Financial Story, the Feature Story and the Arts and Entertainment Coverage categories in the 2006 California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The Desert Sun
n Public Service - 2nd place (2005), Best of Gannett; contributed set of editorials about a city manager's sweetheart contract deals to broader news coverage submission
n Public Service - 2nd place (Oct.-Dec. 2005), quarterly Gannett Well Done; contributed set of editorials about homelessness in the Coachella Valley to broader news coverage submission
n Commentary - 2nd place (July-Sept. 2005), quarterly Gannett Well Done, for set of editorials about a city manager's sweetheart contract deals

Iowa City Press-Citizen
n Editorial Writing - 1st place (2005), Iowa APME; award for three-day series on testing in our schools
n Editorial Writing - 1st place (2004), Iowa APME; Press-Citizen named Iowa newspaper of the year for our circulation class in same contest
n Commentary - 2nd place (July-Sept. 2003), quarterly Gannett Well Done, for in-depth columns about and interviews with candidates in the Iowa Caucus (John Kerry, Howard Dean, John Edwards
n Editorial Pages - 3rd place (2004) for all dailies, Iowa Newspaper Association
n Commentary - runner-up (April-June 2005), quarterly Gannett Well Done contest, for editorials about child sex offenders released from prison who repeat crimes
n Commentary - runner-up (Jan.-March 2005), quarterly Gannett Well Done contest, for three-day editorial series about school test scores
n Commentary - runner-up (Oct.-Dec. 2004), quarterly Gannett Well Done contest, for three designed editorial pages

Herald Times Reporter
n Staff under my supervision won headline (1st place) and special projects (3rd place) awards from Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2003.

Prescott Journal
n The Prescott (Wis.) Journal was named the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Weekly Newspaper of the Year for 2000, chalking up 15 state and two national awards during my tenure as managing editor
n Sports feature story - 1st place (2000), Wisconsin Newspaper Association for story about the last year our local high school offered boxing - a half-century before
n Democracy Award - 2nd place (2000), National Newspaper Association for set of five editorials about open records/meetings (competition included daily and non-daily newspapers)
n Editorial Pages - 2nd place (2000), Wisconsin Newspaper Association
n Spot news photo - 2nd place (2000), Wisconsin Newspaper Association
n Wells F. Harvey Memorial Award - 3rd place (2000), Wisconsin Newspaper Association for writing and designing special section “Remembering the Nineties”
n Staff under my supervision won Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards in 2000 for spot news coverage (1st place), spot news photo (1st place, 3rd place), feature writing (1st place), feature photo (2nd place), general news photo (2nd place) and sports feature writing (3rd place)

Teaching
n Middle School Teacher of the Year (1993) - Deming Public Schools, Deming, N.M.

College
n Chancellor’s Award (1989)
n Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding Graduate Award (1989)
n Qualified for national forensics tournament in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
n Academic Honors in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

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