Juneau journalists capture national awards

Report on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - 'Refuge of Riches' - recognized by capitol reporters and editors group

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2002

Former Juneau Empire reporter Bill McAllister, staff photographer Michael Penn and designers and editors at the newspaper were awarded second place in a national journalism competition for a report on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Visit the Refuge of Riches special section

The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors presented awards during its annual conference Aug. 2-4 in Washington, D.C., to journalists across the nation for excellence in state government coverage in the fields of print, broadcast and wire service reporting.

"Refuge of Riches," consisting of four stories and 25 photographs published as a special section in the Empire on July 22, 2001, won second place for newspapers with a circulation under 75,000 in the category of public service/in-depth reporting.

"I think that the ANWR debate has been simplified by both sides," McAllister said today. "I think this was an attempt to flesh out what the real issues were."

McAllister is host of ABC's "Capital Focus" television show and president of the Alaska Capital Correspondents Association.

KTUU-TV reporter Katie Bausler of Juneau and former KTUU-TV videographer and editor Tom Cole, on assignment in Juneau for the legislative session, won second place for television public service/in-depth reporting.

They submitted tapes of two segments that showed how proposed state budget cuts would affect public services such as food inspections and ferries.

"We tried to get out of the Capitol building and show how cuts would affect people," Bausler said today.

Judging for print categories was performed by members of the American Press Institute, Reston, Va. Judging for broadcasting awards was done by faculty at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

The contest covered work published or aired between June 1, 2001, and May 31, 2002.

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