The Tucson Local Media staff brought home 16 awards in the Arizona Newspaper Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest and Excellence in Advertising competitions Saturday, Oct. 6.
Associate Editor Danyelle Khmara won a total of seven awards. She landed both Story of the Year and Best Investigative Reporting for “Death Sentence,” a report into the story of Branden Roth, who was killed by his cellmate in Pima County Jail.
Khmara also won first place in the Enterprise Reporting category for “Dreams Deferred,” which examined the Trump administration’s cancelling of the DACA program, and first place in the Best Feature Story category for “Home Is a Tenacious Heart,” a look at a pair of homeless people.
Khmara took second place in Best News Story for “Backpage Bust,” which dug into the impact of the shutdown of the Backpage website; second place in the Best Sustained Coverage category for her overall work on the DACA program, and second place for “Rugrat Referendum,” which dug into the pros and cons of an unsuccessful 2017 ballot proposition in the City of Tucson that would expanded early childhood education.
Explorer and Marana News sportswriter Christopher Boan won second place in Best Sports Story for his profile of Julian Molina, a Mountain View High School basketball player who dedicated his junior season to his ailing grandmother. He also took third place in Best Sports Column for an article on Arizona baseball.
Executive Editor Jim Nintzel won second and third place in the Best Column (analysis or commentary) for columns about Congresswoman Martha McSally’s votes on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as well as comments she made behind closed doors at a fundraising event. He also won third place in the Best Column (feature or criticism) for an article about his father-in-law, retired banker Michael Hard.
Managing Editor Logan Burtch-Buus won third place in the Best Feature Photo category for his photograph of a food-covered teacher at Copper Creek Elementary School’s annual Hawk Walk, a fundraiser for the PTO that allows students to turn school officials into human sundaes.
Arts writer Margaret Regan won third place in the Best Column (feature or criticism) for her column on an exhibition of photography at Etherton Gallery.
Tucson Weekly columnist Brian Smith won third place in the Best Sports Story category for “Sticky Summer Nights,” a look at the Tucson Saguaros baseball team.
Finally, the entire staff was part of winning first place in the Excellence in Advertising’s Best Special Section category for Tucson Weekly’s 2017 edition of Best of Tucson.
Congratulations to all the winners!