Best Joyful Miami Herald Writer - 2001
Oh, how many, many times have we heard the complaints: You newspaper people only care about bad news. Everything you print is so negative. Why can't you ever write about the good things? How about being uplifting for a change? Well, we are delighted to announce that someone has been listening. Someone who cares. Someone who works at the malevolent Miami Herald, of all places. In his role as the paper's television critic, Terry Jackson can be as viciously snarky as they come. But once a week he parks his mean streak. Every Thursday, in the "Wheels and Waves" section, he pens a column called "Behind the Wheel," in which he test-drives and reviews new automobiles. We have it on good authority that the column represents Jackson's quiet effort to bring some sunshine to the otherwise gloomy pages of Miami's Only Daily -- despite what cynics say about the influence of automobile dealers and their advertising dollars. No, for his determination to utter nary a discouraging word, for his selfless service to the community, Jackson deserves praise and a reprise of some typical headlines from the past twelve months: Luxury in a pickup? The nimble Sierra C3 suspends our disbelief. ?Escalade a classy SUV competitor. ?Extra-roomy, redesigned Le Sabre gives families alternative to minivans, SUVs. ?SC430 convertible coupe is eye-catching. ?The new explorer is better in every way: handling and ride vastly improved. ?Toyota takes a fun mini-SUV and makes it larger, better. ?Nissan aims for cutting edge in reviving the Z. ?Interior makes Lexus LS430 a ride in lap of luxury. ?Chrysler's minivans improve on success. ?Acura's MDX meets demand for luxury SUV. ?Volvo's XC: Wagon for a new age. ?Fast and stylish, Lexus IS 300 a top performance sedan. ?Performance is a plus for redesigned Aurora. ?Breakout designs mark a new course for Cadillac. ?New SUVs look like performance vehicles. ?Pickups keep on truckin' -- new models far from basic. ?Going topless is the secret of Pontiac Sunfire's success: fun convertible shows less is more.