The El Paso Times won three first-place awards and several other honors for its coverage of the Haitian border crisis, investigative work on the Biden administration’s troubled migrant youth shelters and deadline writing on the death of former UTEP President Diana Natalicio.
“These awards are a team effort,” Editor Tim Archuleta said. “We are inspired by life in the Borderland, so it’s important that the El Paso Times continues its tradition of being recognized for excellence in Texas.”
“I’m grateful to our reporters, photojournalists and editors are doing good work as we suffered with our community through the pandemic and challenging news industry times. We appreciate the support of our subscribers.”
The statewide awards in the Class AAA division in 29 categories were announced on May 1 during the annual Texas Associated Press and Managing Editors convention in Irving.
The Times won first place for photojournalism, video and specialty reporting. The second-place awards were in the important categories of freedom of information and star investigative reporting for its coverage of migrant youth shelters.
Judges recognized the staff’s coverage of the Haitian border crisis, a story the Times spent much of 2021 covering after our reporting showed that Haitian migrants were moving into El Paso and Texas to seek asylum.
Times photojournalist Omar Ornelas, who spent days on both sides of the southern border, won the top honor in photojournalism.
The judges wrote: “Excellent strong visual reporting and editing. Great design and layout with regards to showing the tension at the border.”
Ornelas partnered with journalist Anthony Jackson for first place in video reporting, which included the use of drone footage.
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Reporter Martha Pskowski was part of the team that won third place for deadline writing during the Haitian migrant coverage.
Border reporter Lauren Villagran won first place in specialty reporting, which recognized excellence on a specific community topic.
“Lauren Villagran’s reporting shows mastery of this critical subject,” the judge said. “This entry represents all of the skills we value in a reporter: persistence in digging out information, writing with clarity and detail, amplifying the voices of the powerless.”
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The Times also received four honorable mentions for its work, including the Newsroom of the Year category.
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Other honorable mention winners include:
Stories published through the Puente News Collaborative, a binational partnership of news organizations in El Paso and Juárez, were also honored in the contest.