Tribune page designer Julia Zolondz was named Arizona Designer of the Year at the 2006 Arizona Press Club banquet Saturday night in Phoenix.
Tribune humor columnist Michael Grady also won first place for “The Guy Side” column that appears each Tuesday; Sarah J. Boggan won first place for her sustained coverage of Queen Creek; and Tribune graphic artist Gabriel Utasi won first place for color illustration.
Overall, Tribune journalists received 10 first-place awards, seven second-place awards, 13 third-place awards and four honorable mentions.
Mark Flatten, who won the John Kolbe Politics and Government Reporting Award, also tied one other reporter as first runner-up for Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year.
The club also honored Skip Ryan, a late sports editor with the Tempe Daily News, with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Ryan covered high school sports in the Valley for nearly 50 years. The Mesa High School graduate died Sept. 19, 2006.
The club also handed out a less desirable award.
The Marana town government won the club’s 2006 Brick Wall Award, an annual prize for a public official or agency who most shamefully defies the principles of free and open government.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won the 2005 award.
Individual and staff honors received Saturday at the Arizona Press Club banquet:
• Sarah J. Boggan, sustained neighborhood reporting, Queen Creek
• Mark Flatten, John Kolbe Politics and Government Reporting Award, “Power: What Indian money buys”
• Ralph D. Freso, metro photo package, “Plant people”
• Michael Grady, humor column writing, “The Guy Side”
• Mark Heller, personality profile, “Hope. Life. Basketball”
• Scott Sheils, informational graphics, “Fencing the border”
• Tribune staff, breaking news reporting for coverage of arrests in the serial shooting case
• Gabriel Utasi, color Illustration, “Of presidents and prayer”
• Julia Zolondz, multiple page/ special section design, “Men’s spring fashion”
• Julia Zolondz, Arizona Designer of the Year
• J. Craig Anderson, news beat reporting, the environment
• Mike Branom, military reporting, “50 years later, Cold War widow still in doubt”
• Mark Flatten, Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year
• Ryan Gabrielson, investigative reporting — Don Bolles Award, “Maricopa Community College misconduct”
• Scott Kirchhofer, Scott Sheils and Gabriel Utasi, Informational graphics, “The new birds nest”
• Beth Lucas, sustained neighborhood reporting, Gilbert
• Mary K. Reinhart and Leigh Shelle Robertus, project reporting, “Being Katrina”
• Amanda Willis, front page design, “‘I don’t think they realize we’re Katrina’”
• Mike Branom, environmental reporting, “Fire season”
• Mike Branom, public safety reporting, “Mesa’s top cop”
• Mike Branom and Scott Kirchhofer, words, pictures and presentation, “All choked up”
• Rebecca Dyer, news headlines, “Casualties of war,” “Cup of joe to go with that Joe” and “Wild blue yonder just down the street”
• Brett Fera, sports beat reporting, high school beat
• Ralph D. Freso, metro feature photography, “Splashdown”
• Ralph D. Freso, metro sports action photography, “Head turner”
• Ryan Gabrielson, education reporting, “Deal inflates AIMS scores”
• Lawn Griffiths, religion, faith or values reporting, “True confessions”
• Toru Kawana, metro portrait photography, “Swim coach”
• Craig Outhier, film, video and television criticism, “Moody Miami”
• Christina Vanoverbeke, lifestyle reporting, “Honoring birth moms”
• Julia Zolondz, newspaper tabloid cover design, Get Out: “8-bit glory”
• Michael Gossie, deadline design, “Democrats take the House; Mitchell leads Hayworth”
• Michael Grady, lifestyle reporting, “Neighbor knowledge”
• Jennifer Grimes, metro feature photography, “Elephant bath”
• Julio Jimenez, metro general news photography, “Border”