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2003 APME Awards List

awards will be announced Sunday

Sunday, April 6, 2003

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) - The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors presented its 2003 newspaper awards at the group's annual meeting Saturday. Sweepstakes and AP staff awards will be announced Sunday.

DIVISION I: NEWSPAPER CATEGORIES

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Class AAAA

1. Doug Swanson, The Dallas Morning News, "Board Easy on Doctors' Sex Offenses." 2. Charlotte Huff, Trebor Banstetter, Jeff Claassen and John Mier, Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Honorable Mention: Tim Madigan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Class AAA

1. Julie Bisbee, Susan Martinez, Melissa Sattley, Jeff Shireman, Stephen W. Spivey, Elizabeth Pierson, Sarah Ovaska, Mack Harrison, German Garcia, Larry W. Clubb, Joel Martinez, The Monitor, McAllen, "Mission Land in Question." 2. Staff, Abilene Reporter-News. Honorable Mention: Staff, Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Staff, Amarillo Globe-News; Staff, Wichita Falls Times Record News.

Class AA

1. Matthew Cook and The Baytown Sun staff, "The Death of Luis Torres." 2. Marc Masferrer, Andy Adams and Christine Diamond, The Lufkin Daily News. Honorable Mention: Mary Madewell, Jeff Parish, Phillip Hamilton, Casey Rose and Jamie Bridges, The Paris News; Jennifer Putnam, Killeen Daily Herald; Staff, The Galveston County Daily News.

Class A

1. Staff, Marshall News Messenger.

TEAM EFFORT

Class AAAA

1. The Dallas Morning News, "The Catholic Church." 2. Houston Chronicle. Honorable Mention: The Austin American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News.

Class AAA

1. The Beaumont Enterprise, "City Hall Corruption." 2. Amarillo Globe-News. Honorable Mention: El Paso Times, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Wichita Falls Times Record News. Abilene Reporter-News.

Class AA

1. J. Noel Espinoza, Angeles Negrete Lares and Jessica Rocha, The Brownsville Herald, "Water Pressures" series. 2. Staff, The Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels. Honorable Mention: The Lufkin Daily News, The Baytown Sun, Odessa American, The Facts, Clute.

Class A

1. Alice Echo-News Journal, "Rural School Districts: A Closer Look." 2. The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. Honorable Mention: Kerrville Daily Times, The Pasadena Citizen, The Huntsville Item.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Class AAAA

1. Doug Swanson, The Dallas Morning News, "Medical Misconduct." 2. Miles Moffit and Jeff Claassen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Honorable Mention: Staff, The Dallas Morning News; Howard Swindle, The Dallas Morning News; Ralph Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman; Dick Reavis, San Antonio Express-News.

Class AAA

1. Tara Copp, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, "How Ortiz Influenced a Navy Contract." 2. Julie Bisbee, Susan Martinez, Melissa Sattley, Jeff Shireman, Stephen W. Spivey, German Garcia, The Monitor, McAllen. Honorable Mention: David Crowder, El Paso Times; Sarah Ovaska, Brad Olson, Colton Chapman, The Monitor, McAllen.

Class AA

1. Emma Perez-Trevino, Jennifer Muir and Brittney Booth; The Brownsville Herald, "Problems at Cameron Co. Detention Jails." 2. Emma Perez-Trevino, The Brownsville Herald. Honorable Mention: Carter Thompson, The Galveston County Daily News; Allyson Gonzalez, The Baytown Sun.

Class A

1. Art Lawler and Jonathan York, Athens Daily Review, "Early Black Mold Discovery Not Revealed." 2. Karla DeLuca and N.B. Canson, Marshall News Messenger. Honorable Mention: Danni Previte and Rosa Lavender, Kerrville Daily Times; Paul Stone, Palestine Herald-Press; Smokey Briggs and Jon Fulbright, Pecos Enterprise.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Class AAAA

1. John Tedesco and Staff, San Antonio Express-News, "Public Can See SAPD's 'Use of Force' Reports." 2. Alan Bernstein and Dan Feldstein, Houston Chronicle. Honorable Mention: R.G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle; Reese Dunklin and Brooks Egerton, The Dallas Morning News; Charlotte Huff, Trebor Banstetter, Jeff Claassen and John Mier, Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Class AAA

1. Vanessa Curry, Melissa Tresner, Danny Mogle, Becky Bell, Laura Jett Krantz, Angela Macias, Tyler Morning Telegraph, The Longview News-Journal and the Department of Journalism, UT-Tyler, "Survey of FOI Compliance in East Texas." 2. Staff, Wichita Falls Times Record News. Honorable Mention: Kerry Drennan, Randy Sanders, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Beth Gallaspy, The Beaumont Enterprise.

Class AA

1. Ron Maloney, Amy Clarkson and Brian Grant, The Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, "Scandals in the New Braunfels Police Department." 2. Staff, The Galveston County Daily News. Honorable Mention: Lisa Soule, Killeen Daily Herald; Gary Borders, Johnny Johnson, Jennifer Vose and Emily Taravella, The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches.

Class A

1. Bill O'Connell, The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, "Open-records Dispute Reaches Conclusion."

BREAKING NEWS

Class AAAA

1. The Dallas Morning News (team), "Whole Lives...Cut Short." 2. Staff, San Antonio Express-News.

Class AAA

1. Trish Choate, Daniel Bartel, Wichita Falls Times Record News, "DA: Ex-nurse may have killed 20." 2. Vivi Hoang, Jade Jackson Lloyd, Sidney Schuhmann, Abilene Reporter-News. Honorable Mention: Staff, The Beaumont Enterprise; Greg Cunningham, Kay Ledbetter, Rick Storm, Jake Long, Amarillo Globe-News; Kenneth Dean, Jacque Hilburn, Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Class AA

1. Dawn Cobb, Tom Reedy, Donna Fielder and Lucinda Breeding, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Man Releases Hostage, Shoots Self." 2. Yvonne Mintz, The Facts, Clute. Honorable Mention: Jamie L. Bridges and Mary Madewell, The Paris News; Mary Jane Farmer and Dave Bellows, Herald Democrat, Sherman; Staff, The Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels.

Class A

1. Amelia Wigton, Anna Boudreau, Kurt Mogonye, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, "Two Killed in Plane Crash." 2. JoAnn Livingston, Waxahachie Daily Light.

DEADLINE WRITING

Class AAAA

1. Mary Flood and Tom Fowler, Houston Chronicle, "Kopper Admits Kickbacks," 2. Deanna Boyd, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Class AAA

1. Jade Jackson Lloyd, Ken Ellsworth, Abilene Reporter-News, "Throckmorton Wonders Why." 2. Joy Victory, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Honorable Mention: Carroll Wilson, Lee B. Weaver, Hanaba Munn Noack, Wichita Falls Times Record News; Jeremy Brown, Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Shane Graber, Melissa Renteria, The Beaumont Enterprise.

Class AA

1. Donna Felder, Denton Record-Chronicle, '"Tough Truck' Joyride Results in Driver's Felony Indictment." 2. Heath Hixson, The Courier, Conroe. Honorable Mention: Emily Taravella, The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches; Ron Maloney, The Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels.

Class A

1. Bruce Alsobrook, Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, "Safe and Sound." 2. Faith Huffman, Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Honorable Mention: B.J. Pollock, The Herald-Coaster, Rosenberg; Jon Fulbright, Pecos Enterprise.

FEATURES

Class AAAA

1. David Hafetz, Austin American-Statesman, "Chasing Hope." 2. David Sedeno, The Dallas Morning News. Honorable Mention: Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News; Mike Cochran, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Class AAA

1. Jeff Wick, San Angelo Standard-Times, "Rallying From a Deficit." 2. Becky Bell, Longview News-Journal. Honorable Mention: Karen D. Smith, Amarillo Globe-News; Jane McBride and Shane Graber, The Beaumont Enterprise; Joy Victory, Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Class AA

1. Robbie Magness, The Baytown Sun, "Never Forgotten, Nov. 15." 2. Kathryn Walson, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen. Honorable Mention: Allison Pollan, The Facts, Clute; Bobbi Easler, Killeen Daily Herald; Megan Olecki, The Lufkin Daily News.

Class A

1. Denise Adams, The Herald-Coaster, Rosenberg, "And a Shot Rang Out." 2. Milton Babb, Greenville Herald Banner. Honorable Mention: Jennifer Miller, The McKinney Courier-Gazette; Mary Rainwater, Palestine Herald-Press; Lora-Marie Bernard, Texas City Sun.

FEATURE SERIES

Class AAAA

1. Sports Day (team), The Dallas Morning News, "Youth Sports." 2. Tim Madigan Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Honorable Mention: Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman; Howard Swindle, The Dallas Morning News.

Class AAA

1. Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times, "Murder in Juarez." 2. Lara K. Richards, Wichita Falls Times Record News. Honorable Mention: Rose Ybarra, Oscar Gonzalez, Ernie W. Webb III, Wade Baker, Todd Mavreles, James Nedock, Joel Martinez; The Monitor, McAllen; Melissa Martinez, El Paso Times.

Class AA

1. Scott Williams, The Galveston County Daily News, "Feeling the Loss." 2. Kathryn Walson, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen. Honorable Mention: James Beltran The Brownsville Herald; Gary Borders, The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches.

Class A

1. Mark Passwaters and Twila Leverton, The Huntsville Item, "Two Decades of the Death Penalty." 2. Paul Meyer, Plano Star Courier. Honorable Mention: Melissa McEver, Kerrville Daily Times; Staff, Alice Echo-News Journal; Deanna Sheffield, The Pasadena Citizen.

SHORT FEATURES

Class AAAA

1. Bill Marvel, The Dallas Morning News, "A Tiny Bar That's Big on the Blues." 2. Dan Feldstein, Houston Chronicle. Honorable Mention: Jessica DeLeon, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Polly Ross Hughes, Houston Chronicle; Josh Shaffer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Class AAA

1. Vivi Hoang, Abilene Reporter-News, "Ode to Dr. Seuss." 2. Jane McBride, The Beaumont Enterprise. Honorable Mention: Ray Glass, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Holly Huffman, Bryan-College Station Eagle; Brian Bethel, Abilene Reporter-News.

Class AA

1. Sharon Denning, Odessa American, "Whatamelon!" 2. Austin Kinghorn, The Baytown Sun. Honorable Mention, Carter Thompson, The Galveston County Daily News.

Class A

1. Bruce Alsobrook, Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, "Sept. 11 Tribute: Patriots, Heroes and The Call of Duty." 2. Jeff Raymond, Kerrville Daily Times. Honorable Mention: Denise Adams, The Herald-Coaster, Rosenberg; Elise Mullinix Athens Daily Review; Bill O'Connell, The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise.

SPOT SPORTS

Class AAAA

1. David Casstevens, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Out But Not Down." 2. Richard Justice, Houston Chronicle. Honorable Mention: Brad Townsend, The Dallas Morning News; Chip Brown and Jean-Jacques Taylor, The Dallas Morning News; Gil LeBreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Class AAA

1. Brett Vito, Abilene Reporter-News, "Wrist Watch." 2. Lee Goddard and Matt Young, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Honorable Mention, Jeff Wick, San Angelo Standard-Times.

Class AA

1. Michael Peters, The Galveston County Daily News, "A Bittersweet Finale." 2. Manuel E. Benavides, The Brownsville Herald. Honorable Mention: Michael Peters, The Galveston County Daily News; Robbie Magness, The Baytown Sun.

Class A

1. David Claybourn, Greenville Herald Banner, "Phelps Post State-best Times at Region." 2. Jonathan Petty, Plainview Daily Herald. Honorable Mention: Art Lawler, Athens Daily Review; Jason Gordon, San Marcos Daily Record; James Fremont Texas City Sun.

SPORTS FEATURES

Class AAAA

1. Barry Horn, The Dallas Morning News, "A Father Who Pushed Too Far." 2. Brad Townsend, The Dallas Morning News. Honorable Mention: Kevin Robbins, Austin American-Statesman; Ken Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News; Cathy Harasta, The Dallas Morning News.

Class AAA

1. Mike Lee, Amarillo Globe-News, "Family Matters." 2. Brett Vito, Abilene Reporter-News. Honorable Mention: Brent Schrotenboer, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Mike Lee, Amarillo Globe-News; Brett Vito, Abilene Reporter-News.

Class AA

1. Chuck Cox, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Inmate Missing Son's Career." 2. Billy Loveless, The Facts, Clute. Honorable Mention: Paul LaTour, Killeen Daily Herald; Lee Passmore, The Midland Reporter-Telegram; Joey D. Richards, The Galveston County Daily News.

Class A

1. Brian Lacy, The Huntsville Item, "Second Chances." 2. Billy Liggett, Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Honorable Mention: Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal; Brian Porter, Plano Star Courier.

SPORTS COLUMN WRITING

Class AAAA

1. Tim Cowlishaw, The Dallas Morning News. 2. John P. Lopez, Houston Chronicle. Honorable Mention: Randy Galloway, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Kevin Blackistone, The Dallas Morning News; Fran Blinebury, Houston Chronicle.

Class AAA

1. Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 2. Jack Stallard, Longview News-Journal. Honorable Mention: Jon Mark Beilue, Amarillo Globe-News.

Class AA

1. Russ Goodall, The Brownsville Herald. 2. Michael Peters, The Galveston County Daily News. Honorable Mention: Tim MacMahon, Denton Record-Chronicle.

Class A

1. Benny Rogers, Athens Daily Review. 2. Chris Chase, The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. Honorable Mention: Chuck Bloom, Waxahachie Daily Light; Brian Lacy, The Huntsville Item; Robert Avery, The Pasadena Citizen.

GENERAL COLUMN WRITING

Class AAAA

1. Jacquielynn Floyd, The Dallas Morning News. 2. Steve Blow, The Dallas Morning News. Honorable Mention: Alberta Phillips, Austin American-Statesman; James Ragland, The Dallas Morning News; John Kelso, Austin American-Statesman.

Class AAA

1. Rick Smith, San Angelo Standard-Times. 2. Tom Taschinger, The Beaumont Enterprise. Honorable Mention: Donnis Baggett, Bryan-College Station Eagle; Deanna Watson, Wichita Falls Times Record News; Nick Jimenez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Class AA

1. Jim Finley, The Baytown Sun. 2. Gene Powell, Odessa American. Honorable Mention: Kelly Hawes, The Facts, Clute; Gary Ott, The Midland Reporter-Telegram; Deana Nall, The Baytown Sun.

Class A

1. Bob Haenel, The Herald-Coaster, Rosenberg. 2. Joseph Benham, Kerrville Daily Times. Honorable Mention: Bruce Alsobrook, Sulphur Springs News-Telegram; Phil Latham, Marshall News Messenger; David Lyons, The Huntsville Item.

EDITORIAL WRITING

Class AAAA

1. Timothy O'Leary, The Dallas Morning News. 2. Frank Michel, Houston Chronicle. Honorable Mention: Debra Decker, The Dallas Morning News.

Class AAA

1. Tim Kelly, The Beaumont Enterprise. 2. Robert C. Borden, Bryan-College Station Eagle. Honorable Mention: Les Minor and Ethel Channon, Texarkana Gazette; Jeff Wolf, Abilene Reporter-News.

Class AA

1. Jim Fredricks, The Courier, Conroe. 2. Ken Brodnax, Odessa American. Honorable Mention: Heber Taylor, The Galveston County Daily News; Meta Minton, The Midland Reporter-Telegram; Mike Trimble, Denton Record-Chronicle.

Class A

1. Danny Andrews, Plainview Daily Herald. 2. Jimmy Carr, The Vernon Daily Record. Honorable Mention: Smokey Briggs, Pecos Enterprise.

COMMENT AND CRITICISM

Class AAAA

1. Tom Maurstad, The Dallas Morning News. 2. Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman. Honorable Mention: Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle; Chris Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Jerome Weeks, The Dallas Morning News.

Class AAA

1. Larri Jo Starkey, Amarillo Globe-News. 2. Jonathan Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph. Honorable Mention: Jeremy Brown, Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Brooks Peterson, Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Class AA

1. Nancy Adamson, The Midland Reporter-Telegram, "Beautiful Noise." 2. Wanda Garner Cash, The Baytown Sun. Honorable Mention: Matt Cooly, The Baytown Sun; L.I. Escobar, Temple Daily Telegraph.

Class A

1. Wayne Frazer, The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, "Rolling Stone Makeover Rocks." 2. Tommy D. Crow, Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. Honorable Mention: Cortney Martin, The Pasadena Citizen; Melva Geyer, Greenville Herald Banner.

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