The Nevada Press Association announced its full list of its Awards of Excellence winners on Thursday. I’m happy to report the Reno Gazette Journal had a nice showing.
Overall, we took home 18 awards, including six first-place finishes. That includes Podcast of the Year for Anjeanette Damon’s work on Season 2 of The City, a show developed with a talented team at USA TODAY that dove into the seismic political and social changes happening in the Biggest Little City.
We’re also deeply proud of the first honorable mention for Story of Year that goes to Siobhan McAndrew and Jason Bean for their work on a story about Frankie, a Washoe County student we profiled last fall. He’s the boy who brought a knife to school, was sent away for rehabilitation, and returned to school here in Reno with virtually no plan to help him succeed.
Our longtime reporter-columnist Cory Farley was also inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame — he’s been appearing in our pages since 1981.
“His easygoing, comfortable prose quickly established him as one of the Reno Evening Gazette’s top news feature writers,” the Nevada Press Association noted, “and his subsequent left-of center column writing has made him one of the most-read writers that Nevada journalism has ever produced. His writing has sparked conversation among newspaper readers in the region for decades.”
Other winning entries include both one-of-a-kind reporting on Reno’s culture to deep investigative storytelling.
Johnathan L. Wright’s coverage of Reno’s food and drink scene earned him a first place in entertainment writing, which includes his coverage of the closure of Harrah’s Steak House earlier this year.
Anjeanette Damon also won first place in business feature writing for her coverage of OSHA complaints at Tesla’s Gigafactory. Siobhan McAndrew also won the news feature category for her coverage of the first family in Washoe County to lose a loved one to COVID-19.
On the visual front, photographer Jason Bean won top honors for his portrait of a homeless woman facing eviction from an encampment earlier this year. Sam Gross and Benjamin Spillman also won for best video series for their story on Lamollie Canyon and the aftermath of a wildfire there.
Here’s a full list of all the winners at the Reno Gazette Journal. Click here to read judges comments and see other winners across the state of Nevada.
Brian Duggan is the executive editor of the Reno Gazette Journal. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal.