The annual APME awards were presented today at a luncheon to honor the work of reporters, photographers and newsrooms throughout the country.
Awards given at the lunch included:
Robert G. McGruder Diversity Award
Wanda Lloyd, executive editor of The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, was honored for her role as a mentor and leader in promoting newsroom diversity.
Joe Grimm, recruiting and development director for the Detroit Free Press, was honored for his work in recruiting minorities and helping minorities get jobs not only at his own newspaper, but at others as well.
APPM Photography Award
Mike Terry, University of Utah student, was honored for his photo from the Desert Morning News of a police officer kneeling near an injured person in a Salt Lake City mall where a gunman had opened fire.
International Perspective Award
Small circulation: The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier story, "The China Effect," by Tony Bartelne, about the impact China has on South Carolina.
Large circulation: The Dallas Morning News story, "Yolanda's Crossing" by Stella Chavez and Paul Meyer, about the life of one woman who was sexually assaulted by her uncle, brought illegally into the U.S. and forced to work as a prostitute.
Small circulation: The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World collaboration, "Mining Legacy: A Scar on Kansas," about the affects of mining on Kansas.
Medium circulation: The Roanoke Times and roanoke.com for coverage of the shootings at Virginia Tech.
Large circulation: The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com for the "Being a Black Man" series, which examined life in the U.S. as a black male.
Public Service Award:
Small circulation: The Virgin Islands Daily News for reporting by reporters Merlin JnBaptiste, Joseph Tsidulko and Tim Fields on corruption in the major crimes unit. The reporting led to an overhaul of the unit and the release of two men wrongfully accused of murder.
Medium circulation: The Birmingham (Ala.) News for a series by Brett Blackledge on corruption in Alabama's two-year community colleges. The series uncovered the ties of state legislators with the community colleges.
Large circulation: The Washington Post articles "The Other Walter Reed" and "Walter Reed and Beyond" by Dana Priest and Anne Hull. The articles examined problems with health care being provided to veterans.