- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 24, 2007


The Washington Times won 12 awards in the 2006 Virginia Press Association’s annual competition for writing, photography, artwork and news design. The awards were presented yesterday at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk.

Artist Linas Garsys won first prize in daily artwork and was among 12 winners of Best in Show for “Russian Absolutism,” a review of the book “Russian Conservatism and its Critics: A Study in Political Culture.”

Judges said Mr. Garsys’ prize-winning work is reminiscent of “much of the finest Eastern European poster art. This type of art rarely makes it to these shores.”

Fellow Times artist Joe Oliva Ganoza won third place in the illustrations category for “Eating Small,” a look at the eating habits of the French.

Metro reporter Matthew Cella won first place in the government-writing division for a three-part series analyzing the payroll of the D.C. government.

The Times sports department won second place for four sports pages.

Among second-place winners, assistant editor Cindy Lee Brown won in the specialty sections division for her work on three pages in the Family Times, artist Bill Garner for three editorial cartoons and Metro reporter Tarron Lively in the public-safety writing division for a trio of stories about automated traffic enforcement in the District.

The Washington Times staff also won second place for special sections or special editions for preview coverage of Opening Day for Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals.

In addition, artist Karen Peacock won a third-place award for page design for her work in the “Books” section.

Third-place winners include Metro reporter Jim McElhatton, whose in-depth look at Medicaid drivers in the District won for investigative reporting; sportswriter Thom Loverro, who was cited for three pieces; and business reporter Kara Rowland, for three articles.

Founded in 1881, the Virginia Press Association includes 205 newspapers, 15 colleges and universities, and a variety of businesses.

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