Dallas Voice Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones came home from the Houston Press Club’s Lone Star Awards with three trophies this past weekend, and former Voice news writer James Michael Russell won one.
Arnold won first place in the “Newspaper Under 50K Circulation, News or Feature Story” category with Soup 2 Nuts, his profile of Pink Magnolia restaurant owners chef Blythe Beck and Casie Caldwell. (Judges praised the piece as “a fun story … It felt as if I knew Blythe and Casie by the end … full of sass and wonderful quotes.”) Second place in that category went to Michael Duke with the Jewish Herald-Voice for his story, “Bereaved Family Focuses On Lives After Deadly Flood.”
Arnold won second place in the Newspaper Print Journalist of the Year category, behind Dianna Wray of Houston Press in first place, and ahead of third place winner Leif Reigstad, also of Houston Press. Arnold’s moving tribute to his mother following her death last year helped win him Journalist of the Year honors.
Arnold won third place in the Newspaper General Commentary category for his review of the restaurant Uchi, Uchie coochie, could she cook! Michael Duke at Jewish Herald-Voice won first place with his story “Israel Was Reborn Despite The Holocaust” and Houston Press’ Margaret Downing won second place for “The Rise and Crashing Fall …”
(Had there been a category for most creative headlines, Arnold would no doubt have won hands-down. Matter of fact, he would have won first, second and third place.)
James won second place in the Internet Opinion category for his “Bought and Sold” series of blogs on Texas lawmakers who have proven to be more beholden to big bucks than to Texas voters. First place went to Houston Press’ Cory Garcia.
For a complete list of Lone Star Award winners, go here.