Association for Women Journalists - DFW Chapter

2006 Castleberry Winners

Vivian Castleberry Awards honor excellence in reporting

2006 Winners
NEWS REPORTING, OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION:
Lennox Samuels and Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News,
"The Mystery of Lupita Garcia''
The judge said compelling writing puts the reader in Nuevo Laredo and makes us care about Lupita from the start. The story was balanced between those who revered her as a journalist and those who suspected her as a pawn of the cartel, leaving the reader to wonder if the truth will ever be known.

NEWS REPORTING, UNDER 100,000 CIRCULATION:
Betty Brink, Fort Worth Weekly,
"Hospital of Horrors''

The judge said Brink, despite obstacles, presented an in-depth and vivid look at conditions at a federal prison hospital for women. Because of her previous stories on the subject, Brink was banned from the prison, so she had to do interviews through letters and phone calls or through meetings with inmates' relatives.

NEWS REPORTING, Spanish-language papers
Gustavo Rangel, Renato Castillo and Galia Garcia-Palafox, Rumbo, series on human trafficking
The judge said this is committed journalism. The reporters unveiled the reality of human trafficking, digging deeply into the life of a group of women who are prisoners of poverty and in the midst of exploitation, are trying to recover their dignity.

NEWSPAPER FEATURE, OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION
Pamela Martineau and Steve Wiegand, The Sacramento Bee, "Women at War''
The judge said that in a category loaded with outstanding entries, these two journalists distinguished themselves with unrivaled excellence in reporting. The series was groundbreaking and reflected remarkable tenacity and depth on a subject of critical importance to women and national security.

NEWSPAPER FEATURE, UNDER 100,000 CIRCULATION
Jeff Prince, Fort Worth Weekly, "Still Wranglin''
The judge said Prince wove an engaging tale about a colorful, controversial character. He brought the story's subject to life with bright writing, such as, "This ain't her first rodeo. She's been bucked and trampled before.''

FEATURE, Spanish-language papers
Olivia Blanco Mullins, Rumbo, "Permiso para Abortar"

The judge said the reporting is complete and balanced, as it sheds light on the pros and cons of a new law requiring parental consent for teenagers to have an abortion.


COMMENTARY, OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION
Linda Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The judge said Campbell obviously could see the writing on the wall when it came to changes on the Supreme Court, and she did a good job of revealing it. She deals fairly with the issues of gender and race, but goes beyond that to point out the long-term consequences of a weak judicial appointment.


COMMENTARY, UNDER 100,000 CIRCULATION
Kim Pleticha, Parent:Wise Austin

The judge said Pleticha's columns have the tone of a conversation between neighbors over coffee but carry the punch of a hard news story. She uses the lens of common, every day experiences to focus issues in a new way. She provides just enough facts and figures to be convincing, without getting in the way of her strong emotional appeal.


PHOTOGRAPHY
Donna McWilliam, The Associated Press

The judge said McWilliam's photo of Hurricane Katrina evacuees praying at a Texas church service, just a week after the disaster, makes you feel as if you are there. The photo not only depicts the raw emotions felt by many evacuees, but also captures the church members' compassion.


TELEVISION NEWS
Dr. Mona Khanna, KTVT-TV, "After the Tsunami"

The judge said her thorough work led to compelling stories from Sri Lanka that not only showed the devastation of the tsunami, but also nicely illustrated the work of two Texas organizations that went to help.


TELEVISION FEATURE
Sujata Dand, KERA-TV, "Life in the Balance: the Health-care Crisis in Texas"

The judge said the in-depth piece, with moving stories, does a great job of examining the effects of lawmakers' cuts to children's health insurance, and shows how county hospitals face financial problems while being overcrowded from seeing more patients than ever.


RADIO FEATURE
Barbara Schwarz, Texas State Network, ``Rosa''

The judges said the inspiring story depicted the courage of a Romanian immigrant who lived through the horrors of Auschwitz, lost her family in the Holocaust and later survived breast cancer.


ONLINE INTERACTIVITY, SITES OVER 1 MILLION VISITORS
KKaren Davis and April Kinser, DallasNews.com, "Touched by Terror''

The judge said their comprehensive follow-up on the Oklahoma City bombing, 10 years later, made good use of online components, including a series of moving videos of surviving children. The multimedia piece adds some historical context with original news footage from the scene and has extensive details such as a list of victims by floor.

WOMAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Katharine Houreld, freelancer

The judges said Houreld, based in England, has gone to great lengths to report on important issues in dangerous parts of the world. She risked imprisonment while reporting on election issues in Zimbabwe. While in Liberia to report on child prostitution, health-care problems and poverty, she rode a motorcycle to visit leper colonies banished to the jungle, and later was hit by stones and gassed by demonstrators and police. Her stories about rape victims' punishment in Sudan were published on five continents.

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