Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Times-Union Journalists Are Recognized; Several Honored with Sunshine State Awards for Their Work during 2016

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Times-Union Journalists Are Recognized; Several Honored with Sunshine State Awards for Their Work during 2016

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Florida Times-Union journalists were recognized this week for their work during 2016, including detailing former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's involvement with a sham charity, reporting on minority and court issues, and reporting on presidential and local elections.

Most of the awards were presented Saturday night in Coral Gables as part of the Sunshine State Awards, an annual competition organized by the Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization "dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty."

The Times-Union competed alongside the largest daily newspapers in Florida including the Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times and Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale.

"Congratulations to these journalists for this well-deserved recognition. They and their co-workers work hard every day to provide an important service to our readers and help make our community better with their stories and their images. I'm proud to work with them," Times-Union Editor Mary Kelli Palka said.

Times-Union journalists and their work honored:

- Tallahassee Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell won the Diversity Award.

- Metro reporters Christopher Hong, Nate Monroe and Steve Patterson won the Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting for their series of stories focusing on Brown. The newspaper detailed her involvement with a fraudulent charity - One Door For Education - and a federal investigation and her subsequent indictment.

- Metro reporter Andrew Pantazi won the State and Local Election Reporting Award for his stories on the Public Defender's Office. Pantazi also won second place in the Presidential Election Reporting category for his stories about the history, civility and strategy of the race.

- Metro reporter Tessa Duvall won the Beat Reporting - Crime and Courts Award for her work on juvenile justice and human trafficking in Jacksonville. …

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