- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2003

The Washington Times has received 13 awards from the Virginia Press Association for writing, page designs and illustrations.
Artist Alexander Hunter received "Best in Show" in illustration for "The Durable, Cold Warrior," an imaginative, color portrait of former President Ronald Reagan wearing a bear headdress and carrying a club.
"We have, all of us Americans, projected onto this actor what Hunter has aptly rendered: Steely-eyed, stoic, America," the judges wrote. "An idealized aspiration, humorous yet resolute, painterly yet precise. This piece delivers well its iconic tribute."
Business writer Tim Lemke received a first-place award in business and financial writing. One of Mr. Lemke's prize-winning stories featured structural engineer Allyn Kilsheimer, the point man behind reconstruction of the Pentagon after the September 11 attacks.
"The writer did an excellent job of breathing life to numbers," judges noted, adding that the story placed "the reader closer by using an emotional, something-at-stake angle."
Photographer Liz O. Baylen won first place in the personality photo category for "Redskins Rabid," a portrait of a spirited sports fan that judges deemed "a fantastic shot this guy definitely has a 'different' personality."
Sports writer Barker Davis received a first-place award for "King for a Day," a firsthand account of playing the fabled Augusta National golf tournament, called "a wonderful romp of a story," with "great and subtle turns of phrase" by judges.
David Dixon also won a first-place award for editorial writing for three essays on economic issues, including a compelling profile of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. Judges described the writing as "informative and insightful."
The other Washington Times award winners are:
Patrice Hill, Business Desk: Second place, business and financial writing, for three stories, "New Dream Job," "Tight Job Market" and "Clinton Helped Enron."
Jerry Seper, National Desk: Second place, news stories series, for the five-part series "Border War."
Rod A. Lamkey Jr., Photo Department: Second place, for the general news photo "Indivisible."
Daniel Rosenbaum, Photo Department: Second place, for the picture essay "It's Something I'll Never Forget."
Rich Pope, Art Department: Second place, page design, for Arts & Entertainment sections on May 25, July 20, Sept. 14, Oct. 19 and December 7.
Bill Garner, Editorial Department: Third place, for a series of 12 editorial cartoons.
Joseph Silverman, Photo Department: Third place, for the spot-news photo "Shooting Spree."
Sports Department: Third place for sports pages on Feb. 26, Oct. 16 and Dec. 17.
The Virginia Press Awards are an annual competition among regional papers, including The Washington Times, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Newport News Daily Press, Virginian Pilot, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times and The Washington Post.
This year's competition attracted more than 5,000 entries.

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