Three awards from the Arizona Press Club went to Roundup current and former staff members this weekend.
Charlene Hunt, a former staff reporter, won first place for news photography in small and medium publications with her photograph of a young girl running from a rollover wreck to a beckoning Payson policeman in the aftermath of a chase. The category was judged by the photo staff of the St. Petersburg Times, Florida. In comments about the photo, they said, "This is an incredibly emotional and storytelling moment that grabs you and instantly makes you want to know the whole story."
Editor Jerry Thebado won third place in the commentary category for small publications for his editorial, "Players, owners need to remember baseball's magic."
The judge, Reynaldo Mena, editor of the Excelsior newspaper in Orange County, Calif., wrote, "Shows how baseball offers a (level) playing field where he or his family members can enjoy each other's company despite their differences, a reason players should stick with the sport despite recent disputes."
Staff reporter Teresa McQuerrey was named one of the top three community journalists in the state, taking second runner-up honors. The category was judged by Willy Stern, an investigative reporter for the Nashville Scene and formerly a staff writer with both Forbes and Newsweek magazines. Stern wrote, McQuerrey "clearly has community journalism in her blood. Her splendid choices for the subject matter of her pieces and her passion for her work clearly indicate that she is a first-rate community journalist."
The Community Journalist of Year Awards are given to writers or editors of weekly or small publications who, in the opinion of the contest judge, have done the best work in 2002 to enhance the goals of the journalism profession and the quality of life in the community. McQuerrey's co-finalists were Tucson journalists working for publications with in excess of 30,000 readers.