The annual contest is judged by top journalists from across the country, including many who have won Pulitzer Prizes.
“None of us do what we do to win awards. However, the recognition from our peers is a result of the tremendous work that each and every person in our newsroom does day in and day out to be the peoples’ eyes and ears at the state Capitol,” said Arizona News Service Editor Jim Small.
Small said the Capitol Times won nearly half of its awards in the most high-profile categories, including investigative reporting, government reporting, breaking news and public service journalism.
Jeremy Duda won two first-place awards, one for breaking the news that the FBI was investigating Attorney General Tom Horne and one for an analysis of economic development tax incentives.
Duda also won a second-place award for a story that raised questions about how Horne’s office redacted a public record relating to that FBI investigation after it removed references to alleged extramarital affairs he was involved in from a document provided to the Capitol Times.
The Capitol Times was also honored for interactive features on its website. Evan Wyloge, the paper’s new media specialist, won a first-place award for his work in developing a live elections results application that was used in the November 2012 election.
Wyloge also received a second-place award for interactive maps using election data that showed how Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fared in every precinct in the county for an analysis of how the sheriff’s support lagged in some heavily Republican areas.
Here is the full list of Capitol Times winners:
- Luige del Puerto, politics and government reporting, “Undoing union clout”
- Jeremy Duda, breaking news, “FBI investigating Tom Horne for campaign violations”
- Jeremy Duda, business reporting, “Time for a break?”
- Hank Stephenson, investigative reporting, “Winning GOP candidate ran in safe district, but hangs his hat in Dem stronghold”
- Gabe Turner, non-metro page one design, “Reaching out to Latinos”
- Evan Wyloge, multimedia package, “Live 2012 election results”
- Jeremy Duda, investigative reporting, “Black out”
- Jeremy Duda, public service journalism, “Team ACA”
- Jeremy Duda and Jim Small, breaking news, “Brewer chief of staff Klein eyes Board of Regents presidency”
- Jim Small, short-form writing, “Pearce allies: Cut him $250k check for recall efforts”
- Gabe Turner, non-metro page one design, “Birth-controlled”
- Evan Wyloge, multimedia package, “Support for Sheriff Arpaio declines even in some GOP strongholds”
- Jeremy Duda, immigration reporting, “A desert mirage”
- Gary Grado, public safety reporting, “Phony firms a favorite FBI tactic in targeting lawmakers”
- Evan Wyloge, politics and government reporting, “Microtargeting: Election profiteering or political precision?”
- Evan Wyloge, business reporting, “Proposed curb on punitive damage suits”
(Note: ANS Editor Jim Small has served as the president of the Arizona Press Club since 2011.)