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27 finalists named in second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

October 31, 2018

Dallas, TX, Oct. 31, 2108 – The Press Club of Dallas has selected 27 finalists in 16 categories for the second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism.

The competition was open to Texas reporters, columnists, editors, photographers and videographers from throughout the state of Texas for work done in calendar year 2017.

“We increased the number of categories this year, and we’re excited by the response,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom said.  Entries came from journalists and their news organizations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and smaller communities, such as Howe, a north Texas town with a population of about 2,600.

“The judges wrote some really complimentary comments about the finalists,” Wahlstrom said. “Our judges are well-known journalists from the East Coast and have not been involved in Texas journalism, so their deliberations were based on what they read and saw, not who they knew.”

The awards dinner and ceremony will be held Dec. 1, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, beginning at 5 pm. and is open to the public. It will be hosted by John McCaa, longtime news anchor at WFAA TV. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH Eventbrite.

The competition is named for Hugh Aynesworth, an award-winning reporter and editor, whose first-hand recounting of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy resulted in his best-selling book, November 22, 1963:  Witness to History.  A long-time Press Club member and past president, Aynesworth is the author of several investigative books and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.


Finalists in 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

Daily Newspapers – Feature Writing

Speaking up for Kara

Reporter, Naomi Martin, Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2017


What Kind of Father

Reporter, Frank L. Christlieb, Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2017


Daily Newspapers – Investigative Reporting

What happened to Tony Timpa?

Reporter, Cary Aspinwall, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 20, 2017


Daily Newspapers – Sports Feature Reporting

The Faith He Carries

Reporter, Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 27, 2017


Weekly Newspapers – Feature Reporting

Two Howe Ladies Blessed to Survive Las Vegas Weekend

Reporter, Monte Walker, Howe Enterprise, Oct. 9, 2017


Television – Investigative Reporting

Pricey Perks

Lori Brown, Vicki Chen, KDFW Channel 4, April 10, 2017


Criminal Caretakers

Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith WFAA Channel 8, Nov. 16, 2017


Television – Feature Reporting

A Hero’s Past: Lost and Found

Reporter, Courtney Friedman KSAT TV  12, May 29, 2017


Love and Loss: Kenny Goss Remembers George Michael

Reporter, Brian Curtis, KXAS TV Channel 5, Feb. 27, 2017


Television – Spot News Reporting  

Singing and praise. Then gunfire.

Couple shares story of surviving Texas church shooting

Reporter, Patty Santos, KSAT TV 12, Nov. 6, 2017


Radio – Spot News Reporting

In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other

Reporter, Rachel Osier Lindley, KERA, Sept. 2, 2017


Vignettes from A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey

Reporter, David Brown, Texas Standard, Aug. 31, 2017


Radio – Investigative Reporting

One Crisis Away/No Place to Go

Reporters, Courtney Collins and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, KERA

April 27, 2017


High Levels of Lead in San Antonio Neighborhoods

Texas Public Radio, San Antonio

Reporter, David Martin Davies, July 16- July 19, 2017:


Radio – Feature Reporting

Building Houston’s Super School

Reporter, Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, Nov. 8, 2017


The Changing Face of Schools

Reporters,  Bill Zeeble and Stella M. Chavez, KERA, March 8, 2017


The Effort to Bring Back Vinyl Records

Reporter, Hady Mawajdeh, Art and Seek, KERA, Fenb. 16, 2017


Radio – Criticism

Art & Seek, reviews and commentary,

Jerome Weeks, KERA, Aug. 16, Sep. 14 and Oct. 25, 2017


Magazine – Feature reporting

The Day The Fire Came

Reporter, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, July, 2017


The Leadership of Wilshire Baptist Church

Reporter, Keri Mitchell, The Advocate, Nov. 28, 2017


Magazine – Investigative reporting

Death From Above

Reporter, Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer , April 17, 2017


Digital – Investigative reporting

Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct

Reporters, Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Katy Lemieux, Mark Lowry, Theater Jones

Dec. 5, 2017,


Digital – Editorial opinion

  And Now the Hard Part of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins

Bethany Erickson, education, consumer affairs, and public policy columnist, Candy’s Dirt, Oct. 1, 2017


Digital – Criticism

 Outside the Lines – Water Tower Theater Hit the Wall

Mark Lowry, Aug. 8, 2017, Theater Jones


Public Service

 Dallas Examiner

Monday Night Politics

Mollie Belt, Publisher/CEO, Robyn Jimenez, VP of Production, Monday Night Politics, March 16, March 30, 2017 (and throughout the calendar year)


Dallas Morning News

Overlooked – As women go to jail in record numbers, who’s watching out for their kids? No one.

 Cary Aspinwall, Women in Jail, June 27, 2017, Dec. 3, 2017


Candy’s Dirt

Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear But You Can Help

Bethany Erickson, columnist, Aug. 23, 2017 – Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear,


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