The Press Club of Dallas has announced that longtime Dallas Voice staff writer and contributor David Webb, The Rare Reporter, has been selected to receive the organization’s Excellence in Journalism: North Texas Legends Award and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The award celebration will be held June 9 at the Sixth Floor Museum.
Webb, notified of the award on Thursday, May 5, said he was shocked and honored at the recognition. He is among about a dozen honorees this year.
Now mostly retired and living on Cedar Creek Lake — with his four dogs and the guard donkey Zorro — Webb has had a long career in journalism. He has worked for the Belo Corporation, for a chain of suburban DFW newspapers known as News Texan, the Valley Morning Star in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and for the Dallas Times Herald.
After a stint with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., he returned to Texas and began working for Dallas Voice in 2001. He worked full time for Dallas Voice until 2008 when he retired and moved to Cedar Creek Lake. He has continued to be a contributing writer for the Voice since his retirement, and also freelances for various publications nationwide. He is a correspondent for the Cedar Creek Lake newspaper The Monitor, editor of CedarCreekLake.com and author of TheRareReporter.blogspot.com.
Webb said this week that when you combine his years as a staff member and his years a contributing writer, he has worked for Dallas Voice longer than any other publication.
Press Club President Frank Librio said this is the club’s sixth annual Excellence in Journalism: North Texas Legends Award. Winners are chosen by a panel of their peers, comprising past Legend Award winners and longstanding Press Club members. winners must have worked in the Dallas/Fort Worth area news media market for at least 10 years and currently reside in Texas. Nominees can be retired or still working in the field of journalism.
Librio said Webb was chosen to receive the award because his “body of work is respected, makes a difference in our diverse community and roses to the level of excellence.”
On a personal note, let me say that I am thrilled to see my friend and colleague David Webb receive this honor. He is a dedicated writer who is committed to excellence in journalism and to his community.
This marks the second year in a row that someone from the Dallas Voice family has won the Legends Award; founder and former owner/publisher Robert Moore was honored last year.