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Edible Baja Arizona Brings Home 11 AZ Press Club Awards

Edible Baja Arizona won 11 Arizona Press Club awards for stories published in 2016.

June 13, 2017

Arizona Press Club

“The Arizona Press Club is a nonprofit organization of professional reporters, editors, photographers and designers from publications across the state. Our goal is to promote excellence in journalism through an annual contest, training seminars, scholarships and networking events.”

The Arizona Press Club has awarded Edible Baja Arizona 11 awards through their 2016 Writing Competition. The 11 stories awarded were submitted to the competition by Edible Baja Arizona and written by various Edible Baja Arizona contributors. These awards are a testament to our commitment to quality and to bringing you the stories of Baja Arizona’s food culture. We invite you to take some time to read through the 11 Edible Baja Arizona stories awarded by the Arizona Press Club in 2016.

Community

Image credit: Jeff Smith

Community environmental reporting
First: Debbie Weingarten, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Entrusting Land
Comments: “It’s a counterintuitive story about the hidden power of women farmers, and the crucial role they are playing in Arizona’s  sustainable agriculture.  And it’s beautifully written, telling the stories of strong characters in a strong landscape.”

Image credit: Scott Baxter

Community social issues reporting
Third: John Washington, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Sweat Vinaigrette
Comments: “John Washington’s Sweat Vinaigrette piece not only paints a picture with vivid writing but touches on extremely pertinent issues of agriculture, labor, automation and immigration in a way that never gets wonky. I love that it takes readers to a place where they would never normally get to go either.”

Image credit: Steven Meckler

Community education reporting
First: Megan Kimble, Edible Baja Arizona, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Feeding TUSD
Comments: “It was an interesting window into the world of getting ‘Farm-to-School’ food into school cafeterias.”

Image credit: Steven Meckler

Community personality profile
Second: Megan Kimble, Edible Baja Arizona, for “The World According to Suzana
Comments: “The goal of a good profile is to make the person in question come alive in a way that leaves readers longing to meet or hate the subject. After reading this I was ready to show up at Suzana Davila’s restaurant and put myself entirely in her hands.”

Image credit: Steven Meckler

Third: Debbie Weingarten, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Becoming Janos
Comments: “The connection of a young boy’s early memories in the kitchen with his mother to his life’s passion, told via well-connected and revealing stages.”

Image Credit: Audra Mulkern

Community human interest writing
First: Debbie Weingarten, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Farming in the Balance
Comments: “Right out of the gate, this lovingly tended story is a winner. The first several paragraphs read like the opening of a good novel. The reporter writes with an impressive authority. And while the story is packed with facts of how these women are changing the face of farming, it’s the personal stories of the farmers that sing. Great storytelling.”

Image credit: Jeff Smith

Community food and beverage reporting
First: John Washington, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Places to Wrangle
Comments: “Well-researched and comprehensive survey of state’s craft beer scene, with enough specific details and humanity to engage readers.”

Statewide

Statewide social issues reporting
Third: John Washington, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Sweat Vinaigrette
Comments: “John Washington’s Sweat Vinaigrette piece not only paints a picture with vivid writing but touches on extremely pertinent issues of agriculture, labor, automation and immigration in a way that never gets wonky. I love that it takes readers to a place where they would never normally get to go either.”

 
Statewide education reporting
Third: Megan Kimble, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Feeding TUSD
Comments: “It was an interesting window into the world of getting ‘Farm-to-School’ food into school cafeterias.”

Statewide human interest writing
Third: Debbie Weingarten, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Farming in the Balance
Comments: “Right out of the gate, this lovingly tended story is a winner. The first several paragraphs read like the opening of a good novel. The reporter writes with an impressive authority. And while the story is packed with facts of how these women are changing the face of farming, it’s the personal stories of the farmers that sing. Great storytelling.”

Statewide food and beverage reporting
Third: John Washington, Edible Baja Arizona, for “Places to Wrangle
Comments: “Well-researched and comprehensive survey of state’s craft beer scene, with enough specific details and humanity to engage readers.”


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