New Times' Staff Writers and Designers Receive Top Honors from Arizona Press Club, Including for Investigative Reporting, Immigration Coverage, and Cover Illustrations

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Phoenix New Times won 30 journalism awards, including first-place awards for investigative reporting, immigration coverage, news and opinion blogging and design, from the Arizona Press Club on Saturday night.

Staff writer Paul Rubin received a first place Don Bolles Award for Investigative Reporting for "Hell Hole," (September 1, 2011), described by judges as "a deeply disturbing picture, meticulously and thoroughly reported, written with clarity and purpose."

Columnist Stephen Lemons' "Feathered Bastard" took a first place in the News Blog category. Judges wrote that Lemons' blog was "fueled by a strong sense of outrage, buttressed by firsthand reporting and presented in an easily digestible, straightforward style."

New Times' art director Peter Storch and his design staff piled on the awards, including sweeping the Cover design and Illustration categories, and taking first place in multi-page design for the 2011 edition of "Best of Phoenix."

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Covers that were selected for top honors include "Scarecation" (created by Jamie Peachey, Peter Storch and John Walters), "Serving Tucson" (created by Jamie Peachey, Peter Storch and John Walters) and "Love Connection" (created by Peter Storch, Patrick Faricy and John Walters).

Staff writer Ray Stern got a second place John Kolbe Politics and Government Reporting Award for "Love Connection" (April 14, 2011).

And New Times' food blog "Chow Bella" -- which judges said is "funny, it's got voice, it's unpredictable" -- placed first in the Opinion Blog category.

Staff writer Monica Alonzo received a second-runner up award as Virg Hill Journalist of the Year. Of her work in 2011, judges said: "Alonzo's writing is clean, lively and focused, and she demonstrates solid, shoe-leather reporting. Her stories are wide-ranging and often provocative, and she always grabs readers from the start and doesn't let go."

Other New Times' awards:

Metro multimedia package
First place
Jonathan McNamara, Claire Lawton and David Quan: "Best of Phoenix: The underground map"
It was described by the category judge as "a great example of integrating the often very different worlds of the illustrator and the interactive developer. The project shows thorough planning and great execution."

Metro social issues reporting
First place
Martin Cizmar: "Hobocation"
The judge said it was a "fascinating, offbeat story examining the perennial migration of the homeless to Flagstaff and the societal and cultural pressures this creates."

Metro immigration reporting
First place
Gregory Pratt: "Huddled masses"
The judge wrote that it was "thoroughly reported and engagingly written."

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Metro illustration, photo-based 
Third place:
John Walters, Peter M. Storch, Laila Derakshanian, and Jamie Peachey: "Marked man"

Second place
Jamie Peachey and Laila Derakshanian: "Knocked out"

First place
Alvaro Diaz-Rubio: "Good neighbor"
"Often, blending micro and macro imagery can lead to a great concept, but fail with poor execution. This was as smartly done from a technical point of view as it was well conceived."

Metro project, explanatory reporting or public service journalism
Third place
Paul Rubin and Amy Silverman: "Hindsight"

Metro environmental/science reporting
Second place
Paul Rubin: "Lyme-ites"

Metro public safety reporting
Third place
Ray Stern: "Joe knew"

Metro business reporting
Second place
Gregory Pratt: "Undocumented Inc."

Metro health reporting
Second place
Paul Rubin: "Lost & Found"

Metro human interest writing
Second place
Ray Stern: "The Amityville kid"

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Metro illustration, drawn
Third place
Lalo Cota: "Borderline Expression"

Metro features blog
Third place
"Chow bella"

Second place
New Times staff: "Up on the sun"

Metro short-form writing
Third place
Benjamin Leatherman: "Daniel Funkhouser's gender-bending 'Cacophrodisiac' opens tonight"

Metro arts criticism
Third place: Robrt L. Pela

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47 comments
Big Fan
Big Fan

From the very beginning of the Thomas/Aubuchon reign of terror through your analysis of the State Bar's decision to disbar both of them, your reporting has been absolutely spot on. I'm a lawyer from out of state, so I know competent coverage of legal matters when I read it, and yours is among the best I've ever seen. Well done. Very well done.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

You ran a story on your own awards?    How modern of you.    You'll never be accused of having humility so give yourself an award for that too while you're at it.

Quinn7
Quinn7

Congratulations!

wtf
wtf

CONGRATULATIONS NT.... keep those damn awards coming and don't stop what you're doing.....!

gregg r
gregg r

wow congratulation of great work by all. i no longer go to azcentral.com or ktar.com. those websites are wayyyy behind NewTimes. Monica reporting was outstanding this year, she should won 1st place

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Kudos to the NT staff. You each deserve the recognition you've received, and probably more. I appreciate all your efforts.

teknik1200
teknik1200

congratulations!

keep up the good work!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Monica, did you hurt your shoulder while patting yourself on the back? Did your aunt call you to congratulate you on your 'accomplishment?'. I bet not.

85014
85014

Good job, god speed, and scare the shit out of the legislature and politicians. I believe you are making a difference. I know your organization currently has litigation involving Joe the Douche Sheriff, and I appreciate your diligence in keeping that asshat in check.

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

Congratulations to ALL at New Times. Your outstanding investigative reporting years ahead of the rest of the local media has been a great public service. 

Coz
Coz

Well done New Times !

Oma
Oma

Congrats to all!  

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Congratulations to the entire NT's staff!  Well done!

I have appreciated reading news that is actually researched and reported on, instead of just a regurgitation of press releases.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Great Reporting and Congrats to all!

Not too shabby for a "liberal leftist trashy rag which isn't even really a newspaper".  LOL.

Monica, how about if you submit this article for publication over at Sonoran Alliance and Sonoran News? 

Monica Alonzo
Monica Alonzo

Um, no, actually my shoulder doesn't hurt, but thanks for asking.

Listen, buddy, don't need to *tell* me that New Times is an amazing pub ... you *show* me every time I see your name pop up on our pages.

So, I sincerely thank you for stopping by and checking out Valley Fever, reading this blog, and posting half a dozen comments (so far), engaging with other readers and driving traffic to our website.

That, my loyal reader, is what I consider a true pat on the back.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Well, yes, YPS, he is a "real investigative journalist".  

I, however, believe that there are more than one in Phoenix.

Are you saying this because you have some Mark Flatten recent breaking news-type stories that we need to be aware of?  Or... you just dislike the New Times and want to be a fly in the ointment?  I know you constantly criticize the PNT writers - I guess you must be "smarter" or more "in the know" than they are... (cough, sneeze, cough again.)

Seriously, I respect Eleanor, and the fact that she has reached out and befriended you has caused me to think long and hard before responding to some of your posts - out of respect for Eleanor - but, seriously, YPS, if you don't like New Times and the people who write here, why don't you just go away?  You at one point said you would.  No one will miss you because you don't really offer anything for us to gravitate toward.  I keep trying.  It's always a miss.  I, unlike some others, understand that you are NOT a Joe loyalist, but I have no clue as to what you think other than being an antagonist to everyone here.

You think Flatten is a "real investigative journalist" - well, then show us some recent "stuff" that we can read and mull over.  Or, were you just trying to detract from the fact that your Arch Nemesis Apparent Lemons won an award?  Must've killed you!  I'm thinking of Kayne West's infamous tirade onstage about Taylor Swift winning the VMA award instead of Beyonce.

Get that MCSO Brown Chip off your shoulder.  Trust me - I was married to a county deputy for 13 years.  Bad Attitude is unbecoming... and will, eventually, cost you.  If you're more comfortable at Sonoran Alliance, go there.  Your flippant criticism is not well received here.

And, lastly, my motherly side says "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Mark Flatten was a real investigative journalist; he's now a Goldwater Institute shill.

Marcy
Marcy

You're just jealous about all the awards the Snoring Alliance won from the Arizona Press Club.  

Oh never mind, they didn't win any awards, again.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

"Staff writer Monica Alonzo received a second-runner up award as Virg Hill Journalist of the Year. Of her work in 2011, judges said: "Alonzo's writing is clean, lively and focused, and she demonstrates solid, shoe-leather reporting. Her stories are wide-ranging and often provocative, and she always grabs readers from the start and doesn't let go."-Monica Alonzo
Too funny...what a narcissist. 

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

Don't forget though that you made a hard decision too when you chose to report the truth about a politician who wasn't doing right by the City that elected them no matter "who" they were. That is called character.  The truth set them free & I'm sure they are happier and more blessed for it.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Touche, Monica. She got you there, Yps......

Congratulations, Monica.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

No one likes the antagonist, I guess. It seems that because I am critical of the bloggers of the PNT, it is I who have the 'bad attitude.' Yet you, and those who are like minded seem to spend a great deal of your own time fretting over negativity. Because I don't see eye to eye with the majority, it is I who am plagued with a 'chip on my shoulder.'

Lemons winning an award in journalism doesn't bother me in the least. I am surprised James King was left out. I dislike Lemons point of view and slants but I don't dislike him as a person, nor do I wish I'll upon him, so to categorize him as a nemesis is a bit dramatic.

Wanumba
Wanumba

 They won "best site full of unintentionally funny crazy assed bigots, morons and fundamentalist dipshits"

But there was no plaque.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I am assuming that was sarcasm.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

I've never heard of a news reporter's job being to run an intervention on a grown adult who I'm sure was a politician a lot longer than a relative if I'm interpreting the time line correctly. I'm sure in your world view nepotism is a fine character trait and sweeping things under the rug par for the course. But when it is MY TAX $$ getting ripped off no matter who they are or who they are related to I can really respect someone who puts honesty and integrity first.
**I must say you come across like its personal, you seem to let on knowing more than the regular reader of that time in the insignificant El Mirage. hmm. or a kick ass lexis-nexis account **

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Oh, I am sure the public ridicule route was taken solely for the benefit of the benefactor of the story...
Truth be told, Monica took advantage of insider knowledge to bolster her career, at the expense (not to the benefit) of her family. She could have used the knowledge she had to correct the problem without embarrassing her family but she needed to make the scoop! She is a leper in her own family.  Her next big accomplishment is outing a gay politician.  She's not what I'd describe as a person of character.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

What is it I'm missing? I stated I don't agree with his points of view and slants...how does that conflict with Lemons being an opinion writer?

Did your mother have any children that lived?

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

One thing you might consider is... Lemons is a columnist, You know, he's paid to render opinions. Just so you know...because apparently you don't get it.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Yet you categorize the PNT as having no political agenda? Amazing hypocricy.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Thanks for the update.  Didn't find this when I googled him.

Hmmm, not much of a jump for him.  Goldwater lobbyist group to this "conservative" paper owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz. 

"When Anschutz started the Examiner in its current format, he envisioned creating a conservative competitor to The Washington Post. According to Politico.com, "When it came to the editorial page, Anschutz’s instructions were explicit — he 'wanted nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers,' said one former employee."
~Wikipedia~

He went from one boss with a political agenda to another with the same agenda.  So much for investigative reporting...

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thanks for chiming in Bobby.

Wanumba
Wanumba

 And you are permanently attached to Russell Pearce's ass (now that JT is dead)

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