- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2007

DALLAS (AP) The Press Club of Dallas has determined that its prestigious journalism competition was rigged in 2005 and 2006 and has sued its former president, a club official said.

“As far as I am concerned, it’s official,” current president Tom Stewart said Tuesday. “There is a complete absence of any information about judging in 2005 or 2006.”

The 2004 Katie Awards remain under investigation. Mr. Stewart said he has a list of judges affiliated with a press club in the Northeast and is awaiting confirmation that its members looked at entries. Mr. Stewart declined to name the press club.

The Press Club of Dallas sued former president Elizabeth Albanese on Monday, accusing her of “dishonest and fraudulent activity” during her involvement with the organization.

Miss Albanese became involved with the judging around 2003, when she began winning the coveted prizes. She was president from August 2005 until March of this year.

The Katie Awards have been distributed for 48 years by the Press Club of Dallas to reward the top work by journalists and communications professionals in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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