2017: First place, Community education reporting
2016: First place, Community social issues reporting
Judge: Duaa Eldeib, an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune, was a finalist along with two colleagues for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for a series exposing abuse, rape and prostitution at residential treatment centers.
“This piece brought to life the mantra ‘shop locally’ through elegant storytelling and the surprising selection of a committed group of local firefighters as the main subjects. The reporter excelled at juxtaposing the chaotic life of the firefighters with their thoughtful determination to stave off further department cuts by sourcing their food locally. The story succeeded in demonstrating the impact small decisions, made deliberately and consistently, can have.”
The Fish in our Foodshed
2015: First place, Community environmental/science reporting
Judge: Rob Davis reports on the environment for The Oregonian’s investigations team. He previously was an investigative reporter covering the environment for Voice of San Diego and also has also written for The New York Times.
“This is a comprehensive and thoughtful look at a serious problem. What I like about the writer’s approach is that she identifies the problem from inside – without being preachy or sanctimonious. The writer’s eye for detail shows through not just in her copy but her photographs, too. The story expertly diagnoses a tragedy of the commons and what can be done to fix it.”
Shortening the line
2015: First place, Community social issues reporting
Judge: Megan Twohey, an investigative reporter for Reuters based in New York, was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting last year for her series on the re-homing of adopted children. The series prompted new laws and other safeguards for children. Before joining Reuters, she worked at the Chicago Tribune, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Moscow Times and National Journal.
“For putting a face on food insecurity in Southern Arizona while highlighting the people and initiatives that make the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona one of the most innovative food banks in the country.”
2015 Southwest Book of the Year
“With a journalist’s eye, Kimble, who is now managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona magazine, offers a well-informed perspective on how we can reclaim from the corporations the business of feeding ourselves. But at the tender heart of this informative and often surprising book are Kimble’s gracefully-rendered and evocative personal musings on food, friends, and family around the table, and the reasons we come home to eat.”