The Arizona Republic the staff received several awards at the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 80th Annual Meeting and Fall Convention.
The awards ceremony on September 28 honored the winners of the Better Newspaper contest.
Two Arizona Republic reporters received special awards:
Craig Harris received the Phil Alvidrez Award, which recognizes a journalist whose work has inspired other journalists and who displays a commitment to the cause of freedom of information. Harris is an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic and has been in the business for 28 years. For the past year, he has focused on investigating the state’s charter school system.
Elvia Diaz received the Silver Key Award, which recognizes journalists who have worked in the industry for more than 25 years and who have contributed significantly to the growth of journalism and inspired others. Diaz is a columnist for The Republic and editor of La Voz.
Richard Ruelas and Jason Pohl won the Story of the Year award for their Border Strike Force project investigating what Governor Doug Ducey’s Border Strike Force had actually accomplished.
The Arizona Republic also won the following awards: