Miami New Times has won a 2014 James Aronson Award for a story about a local man who has spent more than $85 million funding settlements in Israel. "Miami Beach Man's Millions Thwart Middle East Peace" was published this past March 28 and written by then-staff writer Terrence McCoy, who recently departed for a position at the Washington Post.
The story, which also included reporting from Jerusalem by Melanie Lidman and Gil Kezwer, was one of six winners. Others went to the New York Times' Andrea Elliott and David Carr, as well as the Washington, D.C. Center for Public Integrity, and OnEarth magazine.
Another alternative weekly, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, won for cartooning.
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The award is presented by the Hunter College Department of Film and Media Studies in honor of James Aronson, a onetime professor at the school. It will be presented in a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan April 28.
New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink, coincidentally, will accept a George Polk Prize at the Roosevelt this Friday for his series on the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which led to the suspension of more than a dozen professional baseball players.
Not a bad year for this newspaper. Not bad at all.