El Paso Times wins awards in Texas APME journalism contest

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.

Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande into Del Rio, Texas, from Ciudad Acuña on Sept.  18, 2021. Thousands of migrants arrived in the border city and camped underneath the Del Rio International Bridge on the US side of the border.

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.

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