Texas APME Awards Announced

By: (AP) The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors presented several journalism awards Sunday at its annual meeting, including Newspapers of the Year and the AP staff awards.

Winners in the Texas APME Headliners Excellence in Journalism Awards contest were announced Saturday. Winning entries for these awards will be submitted to a panel of judges selected by the Headliners Foundation, who will select an overall winner in each category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony later this year at the Headliners Club in Austin.

The awards listed below are those announced Sunday.



1. Angela K. Brown, Fort Worth correspondent

2. Bobby Ross Jr., Dallas religion writer

Honorable Mention: Liz Austin, Dallas education writer.


1. Eric Gay, San Antonio

2. Donna McWilliam, Dallas

Honorable Mention: Tony Gutierrez, Dallas


Class A

The Texas City Sun

Class AA

The Facts (Clute)

Class AAA

The Beaumont Enterprise

Class AAAA

San Antonio Express-News



1. The Shorthorn, The University of Texas at Arlington.

2. North Texas Daily, The University of North Texas.

Honorable Mention: The Daily Skiff, Texas Christian University.


1. The Ranger, San Antonio College.

2. University Press, Lamar University.

Honorable Mention: The Flair, Kilgore College.


Class A

1. (Greenville) Herald-Banner, School Tax Appraisal Discrepancies.

2. Henderson Daily News, Civic Center project.

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Sicking, (Gainesville) Daily Register, Relay for Life.

Class AA

1. The Galveston County Daily News, Electric Silence ... State Won't Release Records About Power Program.

2. The Brownsville Herald, Port Reaches Deal on Bridge.

Honorable Mention: Midland Reporter-Telegram, The Face of Sexual Abuse.

Class AAA

1. Jamie Reid and staff, The Beaumont Enterprise, Loss of a Lifetime.

2. Karen D. Smith, John Kanelis, Dave Henry, Amarillo Globe-News, War Hero Thomas Creek.

Honorable Mention: Staff, The Monitor (McAllen), The 12 Days of Christmas.

Class AAAA

1. Andy Alford, Erik Rodriguez, Austin American-Statesman, Blacks Bear the Brunt When Police Use Force.

2. Kathy Frye, San Antonio Express-News, Too Much To Do.

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Autrey, Toni Heinzl, Yamil Berard, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, FWISD bond program investigation; Lisa Sandberg, San Antonio Express-News, Death by the Pound.


Class A

1. Corsicana Daily Sun, Navarro College Tragedy, Editor Raymond Linex II, Jake Shaw, Chris Smith, Loyd Cook.

2. The Herald Coaster (Rosenberg), Lamar Little League Goes to World Series, Gary Martin, B.J. Pollock, Denise Adams, Bob Haenel.

Honorable Mention: The Huntsville Item, Walker County Fair, Tori Brock (Rowe), Kelly Prew, Twila Lindblade, Kurt Allen, Brian Lacy, Tom Waddill, Jason Barfield, Richard Nira.

Class AA

1. The Courier (Conroe), Property Taxes _ Homeowners Feeling Pinch of Appraisals.

2. Bryan-College Station Eagle, 1 Killed in Standoff After Bryan Robbery.

Honorable Mention: The Baytown Sun, IRS Seizes Baytown Homeless Shelter.

Class AAA

1. Al Dia, Desaparecidos: Cifra Tragica.

2. Waco Tribune-Herald, Bush Country: A Legacy in the Making.

Honorable Mention: Abilene Reporter-News, Help Wanted: Cities Looking for Jobs.

Class AAAA

1. The Dallas Morning News, Young, Old Put at Risk.

2. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Going Global.

Honorable Mentions: Houston Chronicle, Super Bowl; San Antonio Express-News, Victimized Kids, State Agency in Crisis.


Class A

1. Glenda Taylor, Kerrville Daily Times, Blame Game.

2. Stephen Palkot, Herald-Coaster (Rosenberg), Water Rates Bleeding Residents Dry.

Honorable Mention: B.J. Pollock, The Herald-Coaster (Rosenberg), Officer Airs Complaint About Police Chief.

Class AA

1. Staff, The Galveston County Daily News, Electric Silence ... State Won't Release Records About Power Program.

2. Michael Wright, Elliott Blackburn, Yvonne Mintz, The Facts (Clute), C-BISD to Get 2nd Land Study, for uncovering a school board's interest in buying polluted land.

Honorable Mention: Phillip L. Hamilton, Mary Madewell, Mike Graxiola, The Paris News, for exposing a school board's resistance to public deliberation.

Class AAA

1. Jacque Hilburn, Roy Maynard, Laura Krantz, Tyler Morning Telegraph, AG rules sheriff's K-9 fund 'public.'

2. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, AG rules open records overriding HIPPA.

Honorable Mentions: The Monitor (McAllen), Monitor wins open records case against Pharr; Jim McBride and Beth Wilson, Amarillo Globe-News, Snooping Power, Patriot Act expands justifications for searches.

Class AAAA

1. Yamil Berard, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Teacher pension tries high-risk investments.

2. Staff, The Houston Chronicle, Deputies shot 22 cars from '99 to '04, for analyzing questionable policies and practices in the Harris County Sheriff's and Houston Police departments.

Honorable Mention: Karisa King, John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, for deconstructing a painfully slow rescue effort after a train wreck.


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