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For Immediate Release: May 4, 2010 For more information: Sarah Prickett, GES Contest Administrator, gesawards@spj.org Sonny Albarado, SPJ Region 12 Director, (901) 529-2703 or salbarado@spj.org Jenn Rowell, SPJ Region 3 director, rowell83@gmail.com

Finalists named in 60th annual Green Eyeshade Awards The Society of Professional Journalists announces the finalists for the 60th annual Green Eyeshade Awards. This regional journalism competition recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The winners will be announced at the Green Eyeshades Award Banquet this summer. An additional email with information on banquet registration will be sent to all finalists. Please watch our website, www.greeneyeshade.org for more information The Green Eyeshade Awards were started by the Atlanta Professional Chapter of SPJ and are now administered by regional directors for the Society. The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

FINALISTS (in random order) Note: In each division, all categories that received too few entries to be judged separately were combined into a “Special Reporting” category in each division.

Print- Daily Division 1. Breaking News "Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme" Jon Burnstein, Brittany Wallman, Sally Kestin, and Michael Mayo, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Sanford e-mails outline his affair" Staff, The State (Columbia) "McNair tragedy" Staff, The Tennessean (Nashville) 2. Non-Deadline Reporting "Anatomy of an Atrocity" Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal (Louisville) "For Their Own Good" Ben Montgomery, Waveney Anne Moore, and Edmund D. Fountain, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "Public Piggy Banks" Staff, The Miami Herald (Miami)


4. Feature Writing "Losing Rachel" Donna Koehn, The Tampa Tribune (Tampa) "Who in the world is Delmar?" Elizabeth Leland, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte) "The truth is flexible" Lane DeGregory, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) 6. Investigative Reporting "Trust Betrayed" Sally Kestin, Peter Franceschina, and John Maines, The South Florida Sun Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "It's Your Money" Ryan Alessi, Linda Blackford, John Cheves and Jennifer Hewlett, The Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington) “Inside Scientology" Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, The St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) 7. Sports Reporting "Minority Coaches Shut Out" Bryan Mullen, The Tennessean (Nashville) "Racing/Slots Coverage in Kentucky" Greg Hall, Jennie Rees, The Courier-Journal (Louisville) "City of Hoops" Scott Cacciola, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) 8. Public Service in Daily Reporting (Print) "Children in Crisis" Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal (Louisville) "It's Your Money" Ryan Alessi, Linda Blackford, John Cheves, and Jennifer Hewlett, The Lexington Herald-LEader (Lexington) "Trust Betrayed" Sally Kestin, Peter Franceschina, and John Maines, The South Florida SunSentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) 9. Sports Commentary "Collection" David Hyde, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Columns" Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "Collection of Columns" Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) 11. Enterprise Business Reporting "Boomer Bows Out in Shakeout that Led to Vermont Beard" Mark Clothier and John Helyar, Bloomberg News (Atlanta) "The AP Economic Stress Map" Mike Schneider, The Associated Press- Florida (Miami) "Against Rising Tide, Trade Ban Stands" Staff, The Miami Herald (Miami) 13. Public Affairs Reporting "Always a Fighter" Marc Perrusquia, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) " 'Stuffy Nose? Tired? You may already have had swine flu' and others" Mary Shedden, The Tampa Tribune (Tampa) "The Plane Truth" Peter Franceschina, Josh Hafenback and Megan O'Matz, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) 15. Coverage of Politics "Florida Senate- Crist vs. Rubio" Brendan Ferrington, The Associated Press- Florida (Miami) "Always a Fighter" Marc Perrusquia, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) "Governor Jindal visits churches across state at taxpayer expense" Michele Millhollon, The Advocate (Baton Rouge)


17. Consumer Reporting "Chinese Drywall" Brian Skoloff and Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press- Florida (Miami) "Hidden Killer" Glenn Smith and Doug Pardus, The Post and Courier (Charleston) "Tidewater" Ivan Penn, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) 18. Criticism "Parallelism in the lives of Michael Jackson and Elvis" Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) "Reviews" Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald (Miami) "Critical Mass" Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) 19. Serious Commentary "Collection" Howard Troxler, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "Portfolio" Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) "The Straight and Narrow" Wendi C. Thomas, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) 20. Humorous Commentary "Columns" Brian Hicks, The Post and Courier (Charleston) "Collection of Columns" Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) "Columns" Sam Venable, News Sentinel (Knoxville) 21. Editorials "Deaf Man's Ordeal" Mac Thrower, The Press-Register (Mobile) "Collection" Mary Newsom, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte) "Portfolio" Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)

Print- Non-Daily Division 22. Non-Deadline Reporting "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" Melanie Stawicki Azam, Anjali Fluker, Richard Bilbao, and Bill Orben, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando) "Preventing Violence Against Women" Ronni Mott, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS) "Buying into Boots" Tripp Mickle, Tom Stinson, Street and Smith's SportsBusiness Journal (Charlotte) 23. Feature Writing "The Tie that Binds" Aida Rogers, Sandlapper, the Magazine of South Carolina (Columbia) "Blind Faith" Jeremy Markovitch, Richard Thurmond, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte) "After the Crash" Michael Cruse, Richard Thurmond, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte) 24. Investigative Reporting "Piece of Mind" Natalie O'Neill, Miami New Times (Miami) "Ex-Judge Herman Thomas investigation" Rob Holbert, Lagniappe (Mobile) "Hello my name is Amigo" Lisa Rab, New Times Broward/Palm Beach (Ft. Lauderdale) 25. Sports Commentary "Heartbreak at 45mph" Michael J. Mooney, New Times Broward/Palm Beach (Ft. Lauderdale)


26. Business Reporting "Entreprenuer has checkered past" Bill Frogameni, South Florida Business Journal (Ft. Lauderdale) "A Matter of Chemistry" Mike Vogel, Florida Trend (St. Petersburg) "The Fall of a Titan" Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami) 28. Public Affairs "Loaded Questions" Chris Davis, Jackson Baker, and Michael Finger, Memphis Flyer (Memphis) "In the Name of the King" Gus Garcia-Roberts, Miami New Times (Miami) "The Second Wave: The Return of Militias" Larry Keller, Intelligence Report (Montgomery, AL) 30. Coverage of Politics "Paul Stanley's Fall from Grace" Andy Meeks and Bill Dries, The Memphis News (Memphis) "Willie Herenton: The Exit Interview" Jackson Baker, Memphis Flyer (Memphis) "Guantanamo's Final Days" Tim Elfrink and Jesse Hyde, Miami New Times (Miami) 33. Criticism "Music Criticism" Arielle Castillo, Miami New Times (Miami) "Music Reviews" Chris Herrington, Memphis Flyer (Memphis) "Film Reviews" Chris Herrington, Memphis Flyer (Memphis) 34. Serious Commentary "Collection" Donna Ladd, Jackson Free Press (Jackson), MS "Columns" Frank Murtaugh, Memphis Magazine (Memphis) "Viewpoint" Michael Lewis, Miami Today (Miami) 35. Humorous Commentary "Hidden Agenda: On butt wipes, good boobs and sh*t lists" Ashley Toland Trice, Lagniappe (Mobile) "Remembering the Heyday of the Royal Peacock" Candice Dyer, Georgia Music Magazine (Macon) "Damn the torpedoes" Rob Holbert, Lagniappe (Mobile) 36. Editorials "Editorials" Cindy Barth, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando) "Editorials" Greg Akers, MBQ (Memphis Business Quarterly) (Memphis) "Collection" The Daily News Editorial Staff, The Daily News (Memphis) 37. Public Service in Non-Daily Reporting "Two Lakes" Adam Lynch, Donna Ladd, Todd Stauffer, and Ward Schaefer, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS) "Left Behind" Mary Cashiola, Memphis Flyer (Memphis) "TennCut" Rebekah Hearn, The Memphis News (Memphis)

Print- All Division 16. Travel Writing


"Cape Cod Shines for Summer Visits" Janet Keeler, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "Scenes from the Big Easy" Mary Helen Randall, Memphis Magazine (Memphis) 27. Courts and the Law Reporting "The curious case of Frank Melton" Donna Ladd , Ward Schaefer and Adam Lynch, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS) "Guantanamo's Final Days" Tim Elfrink and Jesse Hyde, Miami New Times (Miami) "Warrant in Question" Jamie Satterfield, News Sentinel (Knoxville) 38. Spot News Photography "Don't Come Any Closer" Ralph Fitzgerald, Pine Bluff Commercial (Pine Bluff, AR) "Plane Crash" Ron Reid, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Crash, Bang, Boom, Bust" Mike Brown, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) 39. Feature Photography "Collection" Jim Carchidi, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando) "Alone in the Shadows" Michael McElroy, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Feature portfolio" Karen Pulfer Focht, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) 40. Sports Photography "Collection" James Borchuck, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "Kingsbury Soccer" Nikki Boertman, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) "Heisman Runner Pops Helmet Loose" Al Diaz, The Miami Herald (Miami) 41. Graphics "Raising the White Roof" Belinda Long-Ivey, Karsten Ivey, Len DeGroot, and Tim Frank, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Homegrown Teeth" Cindy Jones-Hulfachor, Karsten Ivey, Len DeGroot, and Tim Frank, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "A Remarkable Find" Cindy Jones-Hulfachor, Karsten Ivey, Len DeGroot, and Tim Frank, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) 42. Editorial Cartoon "Broken Candle" Bill Day, United Features Syndicate (Memphis) "Portfolio" Chan Lowe, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Portfolio" Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Chattanooga) Specialized Reporting- Print "Shades of Gray" Chris Davis,, Memphis Flyer (Memphis) "The collapse of Taylor, Bean and Whitaker" Jeff Harrington, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "Fly Ash Spill" Scott Barker, News Sentinel (Knoxville)

Television Division 44. Investigative Reporting "Stolen Valor" Alan Cohn, Doug Iten and Randy Wright, WFTS-TV, ABC Action News (Tampa) "Medicare Fraud: The New Cocaine Cowboys" Stephen Stock, Gio Benitez, Nick Gordillo,


Amber Statler-Matthews, CBS4 WFOR-TV (Miami) "Cashing In" Scott Noll and Dan Patton, WREG-TV (Memphis) 45. Feature Reporting "Gina Incandela, The Magic Anthem Girl" Kelli Cook, Central Florida News 13 (Orlando) "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence: Survivors' Stories" Lisette Campos, John Fulton, and Jennifer McVan, WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa) "Heroes Among Us" Maggie Crane and Andrew Garrison, WINK-TV (Ft. Myers, FL) 48. Public Service in Television "Suicide: There's Help and Hope" Allyson Floyd and Whitney Gramling, WPDE NewsChannel 15 (Conway, SC) "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign" Lisette Campos, John Fulton, Rich Pergram, and Jennifer McVan, WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa) "Neighbor or Nuisance" Rachel Wulff, Dominic Martin, Dolly Nahri, and Kent Westberg, WDSU-TV (New Orleans) Specialized Reporting- Television "Missing Boy Homecoming" Andrew Miller, Christina Hernandez, Jeremiah Jacobsen, WINKTV (Ft. Myers, FL) "Going to School on the Public Dime" Mike Deeson, Tim Burquest, and Larry Perkins, WTSP TV (St. Petersburg) "Cordova Tornado" Scott Noll and Dan Patton, WREG-TV (Memphis)

Radio Division 59. Feature Reporting "A Resource for Victims of Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships" LeShea Agnew, 88.5 WFDD (Winston-Salem) "Plumber Olympics" Bobbie O'Brien, WUSF 89.7 (Tampa) "Hurricane Charley: Five Years Later" Nadia Ramdass, 92.5 FOX News Radio (Ft. Myers, FL) 62. Public Service in Radio "My Last Tour" Bobbie O'Brien, Joshua Stewart, WUSF 89.7 (Tampa) "Memphis Fights Back Against Foreclosure" Candice Ludlow, WKNO (Cordova, TN) "Sharing the Bounty" Jon Hall, LeShea Agnew, and Caron Myers, 88.5WFDD (Wake Forest) Specialized Reporting- Radio "Under the Sun: Foreclosure Squatters" Dan Grech and Alicia Zuckerman, Under the Sun (Miami) "Reproductive Health in Africa" Rose Hoban, North Carolina Public Radio- WUNC (Chapel Hill) "Zinkhan Triple Murder" WUGA Station Staff, WUGA-FM (Athens)

Online Division 70. Best Multimedia "Death on Chapman Street" Erin Chapin, Jigsha Desai, Talid Magdy, Lauren Spuhler, News


Sentinel (Knoxville) "Life on Hold" Life on Hold' Team, The Tennessean (Nashville) "Wasted: People, Money, Lives" Mark Boxley, The Daily Times (Maryville, TN) 71. Best Blog "Faith and Works" Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal (Louisville) "The Juice" Staff, New Times Broward/Palm Beach (Ft. Lauderdale) "TuneInMusicCity.com" Tennessean Entertainment Team, The Tennessean (Nashville) 80. Videography "Facing Autism" Brandon Ross, Times Daily (Florence, AL) "The Scar" Carey Wagner, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) "Word Wars, Hip Hop in the Middle East" John Pendygraft, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) Specialized Reporting- Online "After Guantanamo" Carl Rosenberg, John VanBeekum, Marco Ruiz, The Miami Herald (Miami) "Finding missing boater Nick Schuyler alive" Staff, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg) "McNair Tragedy" The Tennessean Staff, The Tennessean (Nashville)

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