Empire reporter Julia O'Malley's account of the travel difficulties encountered repeatedly by a Juneau man whose name arbitrarily was placed on an FBI "watch list" after Sept. 11, 2001, was judged best general news story in Alaska's big newspapers for 2002 in Alaska Press Club contest results announced Saturday night in Anchorage.
O'Malley and former Empire reporter Riley Woodford also were awarded second place for their three-day series of articles about drugs in Juneau.
Empire photographer Brian Wallace was awarded second place in sports photography for a shot that captured Little League action and third place for a spot news photo of a sedated bear cub.
Empire photographer Michael Penn won third place in the pictures category for photographs of Berners Bay taken from a kayak. Mary-Ann McBride's layout of Penn's photos earned second place for page design.
Sports Editor Charles Bingham was awarded third place in the game/event writing category for his coverage of the state track and field meet.
Former Empire political reporter Bill McAllister was awarded second place for column writing and for humor writing.
The Anchorage Daily News, which has a Sunday circulation of 89,423, dominated the Press Club's large newspaper division, winning first place in 22 print categories, winning the Public Service Award and taking 49 prizes overall in print categories.
The Fairbanks Daily-News Miner won two second-place awards and six thirds. The Anchorage Press, a weekly competing in the large newspaper division, took five first-place awards, four seconds and two thirds.
The (Kenai) Peninsula Clarion was awarded three first-place awards, two seconds and two thirds.
In the radio division, KTOO-FM of Juneau won three first-place awards and two thirds.