In competition with other large-circulation weekly newspapers throughout the state, New Times and its staff recently won ten awards in the Florida Press Association's annual Better Weekly Newspaper Contest for work published in 1997.
Staff writer Robert Andrew Powell's "They Owe It All to Odio," which exposed the off-the-books hiring practices of former Miami City Manager Cesar Odio, won first place for in-depth news writing.
Former staff writer Elise Ackerman took first-place honors in the news category for her article "Lawsuit? What Lawsuit?" which chronicled the traumatic consequences suffered by a gay man after he was beaten by Miami Beach police officers.
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In a division devoted to serious columns, staff writer Jim DeFede won first place based on a variety of his work.
Former staff writer Lynda Edwards was awarded first place for her story "Once and Future Kings," which described the recruitment efforts of two young men seeking to re-establish a Miami chapter of the Latin Kings street gang.
Other award winners included DeFede and former staff writer Kirk Semple for their stories about the proposed conversion of Homestead Air Force Base, former staffer Paula Park for her investigation of the Dade County Public Schools police department, and staff photographer Steve Satterwhite in two photography categories. Art director Dean Sebring brought the paper honors for overall graphic design, and the annual "Best of Miami" garnered recognition as a special issue.