Howe Enterprise again nominated for Hugh Aynesworth Award

Monte Walker of the Howe Enterprise with Hugh Aynesworth after winning the 2017 award for weekly news publications.

Dallas, TX, Oct. 31, 2018 – 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 the 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 Howe Enterprise was a finalist and eventual winner of the first-time award in 2017 for weekly newspapers.  The story entitled, “EF-1 Tornado; EF-5 Community” won the award for the 55-year-old publication.  This year’s nominated story was entitled, “Two Howe ladies blessed to survive weekend in Vegas.”

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 Aspinall, 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
Antique Collector Finds Soldier’s Letters, Including One from Truman
Reporter, Courtney Friedman KSAT TV  2, 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 2, Nov. 6, 2017
Radio – Spot News Reporting
In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other
Reporter, Rachel Osier Lyndley, KERA, Sept. 2, 2017
Vignettes from A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey
Reporter, David Brown, Texas Standard (Texas Public Radio), 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
The Texas Standard, 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
Molly Belt, Publisher and Editor, 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,