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AZ Press Club Awards

Four First Place awards, four Second Place awards, and one Third Place award celebrate the magazine’s work in 2015.

May 11, 2016

It’s time for a larger awards shelf: Edible Baja Arizona received nine Arizona Press Club awards for pieces published over the course of 2015, including four First Places.  We were especially pleased to win First Places in Community Environmental/Science Reporting and Community Social Issues Reporting for the second consecutive year.  Check out what the judges had to say and find links to the award-winning articles below:

First Place in Community Environmental/Science Reporting

First Place

Melissa Sevigny, Edible Baja Arizona Magazine: “A River’s Return

Colorado River Delta, Fields, River Channel and Sierra de Los Cocopah, early morning, January 2015 (aerial support by LightHawk). Photo by Seth Cothrun.

Colorado River Delta, Fields, River Channel and Sierra de Los Cocopah, early morning, January 2015 (aerial support by LightHawk). Photograph by Seth Cothrun.

“Sevigny takes an experimental release of water – an effort to revive the lower Colorado River – and turns it into a lyrical exploration of water politics, describing, in lovely prose, the ripple effects on cottonwoods, willows, migratory birds and, of course, the delta’s people, who greet the pulse flow with barbeques and a brass band.”
~ Judge Ken Armstrong, staff writer at The Marshall Project and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter.

Read the full piece here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/A-Rivers-Return


First and Second Place in Community Social Issues Reporting

First Place:

Megan Kimble, Edible Baja Arizona Magazine: “Firing Locally

From left: Ryan Gaudioso, Ray Contreras, Chad DeCastro, Dan Woods, Adam Bower, and Sloan Tamietti. Photo by Jeff Smith.

From left: Ryan Gaudioso, Ray Contreras, Chad DeCastro, Dan Woods, Adam Bower, and Sloan Tamietti. Photograph by Jeff Smith.

“This piece brought to life the mantra ‘shop locally’ through elegant storytelling and the surprising selection of a committed group of local firefighters as the main subjects. The reporter excelled at juxtaposing the chaotic life of the firefighters with their thoughtful determination to stave off further department cuts by sourcing their food locally. The story succeeded in demonstrating the impact small decisions, made deliberately and consistently, can have.”

~ Judge Duaa Eldeib, investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune, and 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Read the full piece here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Firing-Locally

Second Place:

Debbie Weingarten, Edible Baja Arizona Magazine: “Quitting Season

Fields that were once a farm return to desert scrub. Photo by Steven Meckler.

Fields that were once a farm return to desert scrub. Photograph by Steven Meckler.

“Through vivid storytelling and sharp writing, this story details the myriad factors that go into the emotional decision to walk away from a farm. The average reader knows only of that final moment when the farmers announce they are closing shop, when they are financially and emotionally drained. The reporter didn’t sugarcoat the process, even when it would have been easier. She wrote, ‘No one wants to think about farmers calling it quits. It muddies that heroic glow cast around our food producers.’ By chronicling the painful decision of those who felt they had no choice but to walk away, the reporter forces the reader to sit up and take notice.”

~ Judge Duaa Eldeib, investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune, and 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Read the full piece here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Quitting-Season


Second Place in Community Business Reporting

Second Place

Megan Kimble, Edible Baja Arizona Magazine: “Made In Tucson

Master artist Robert DeArmond is responsible for nearly all of the hand-painted pottery produced by HF Coors. “There’s the charm, the slight variation in something done by hand,” he says.

Master artist Robert DeArmond is responsible for nearly all of the hand-painted pottery produced by HF Coors. “There’s the charm, the slight variation in something done by hand,” he says. Photograph by Steven Meckler.

“Megan Kimble has a lively and enjoyable account of a local business.”

~ Judge Zach Mider, reporter at Bloomberg News, and 2014 Pultizer Prize winner.

Read the full piece here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Made-In-Tucson


First Place in Community Personality Profile

First Place

Debbie Weingarten, Edible Baja Arizona Magazine: “Michelle Lesco Doesn’t Do Slow Food

A high school math teacher by day, Lesco transforms after school into her alter ego, “The Cardboard Shell,” capable of downing dozens of donuts. Photo by Liora K.

A high school math teacher by day, Lesco transforms after school into her alter ego, “The Cardboard Shell,” capable of downing dozens of donuts. Photograph by Liora K.

“Lovely writing that respects her subject without failing to pause and highlight the lighter side of her quest. Nice turns of phrase: ‘Gastronomical alter-ego,’ ‘her eatography,’ ‘something between a proselytizing teacher and a performance poet.’ Impressively, goes a long way in explaining what motivates a competitive eater.”

~ Judge Sarah Schweitzer, reporter for the Boston Globe, and 2015 Pulitzer finalist.

Read the full piece here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Michelle-Lesco-Doesnt-Do-Slow-Food


First Place in Community Food and Beverage Reporting

First Place

Lisa O’Neill, Edible Baja Arizona: “Ingraining: Bringing White Sonora Wheat Back to the Sonoran Desert

Steve Sossaman of Sossaman Farms renovated his old pole barn into a milling space for Hayden Flour Mills. From left: Miller Ben Butler, founder Jeff Zimmerman; farmer Steve Sossaman; and Emma Zimmerman. Photo by Jeff Smith.

Steve Sossaman of Sossaman Farms renovated his old pole barn into a milling space for Hayden Flour Mills. From left: Miller Ben Butler, founder Jeff Zimmerman; farmer Steve Sossaman; and Emma Zimmerman. Photograph by Jeff Smith.

“Lisa O’Neill masterfully tells the story of a village of bakers, farmers and scientists who have devoted their energies to bringing back the white Sonora wheat to the Sonora desert. She reels you in from the get go, weaving a tale of passion, preservation and patience.”

~ Judge Nancy Luna, award winning food writer for the Orange County Register, and the writer behind Fast Food Maven.

Read the full piece here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Ingraining

Second Place in Statewide Tabloid/Magazine Cover Design

Second Place

Steve McMackin, Edible Baja Arizona Magazine: “The Food of Dia de los Muertos” (Photography by Steven Meckler)

Issue 14 cover photo by Steven Meckler.

Issue 14 cover designed by Steve McMackin. Photograph by Steven Meckler.

“Bold and bright, it makes the reader want to take a closer look.”

~ The Design Staff of the Boston Globe.

Read the complete issue here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Issues/Issue-14

Third Place

Steve McMackin, Edible Baja Arizona: “Ingraining Heritage Wheat” (Photography by Steven Meckler)

Cover of Issue 14. Photo by Steven Meckler.

Cover of Issue 14 designed by Steve McMackin. Photograph by Steven Meckler.

“Simple, but clever and perfectly executed.”

~ The Design Staff of the Boston Globe.

Read the complete issue here: EdibleBajaArizona.com/Issues/Issue-11


Second Place in Statewide Multi-Page Design

Second Place

Steve McMackin, Edible Baja Arizona (Photography by Paul Mirocha)

“Beautiful photography — well-chosen and dramatically displayed — is the key to this powerful presentation.”

—The Design Staff of the Boston Globe.

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Our thanks to the Arizona Press Club for this recognition, and congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Arizona Press Club awards, especially to our own talented staff and contributors: Editor Megan Kimble, Art Director Steve McMackin, photographers Steven Meckler and Paul Mirocha, and writers Debbie Weingarten, Melissa Sevigny, and Lisa O’Neill. Your hard work is what makes Edible Baja Arizona such a beloved and celebrated publication!

To see a complete list of awards Edible Baja Arizona has received, visit our Awards page.

To see a full list of the 2015 Arizona Press Club award recipients, visit the Arizona Press Club website.







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