The Monitor staff collectively brought home 11 awards this weekend at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors annual convention in Austin, including two first place awards for Video Longer Than Two Minutes and Feature Series.
Staff writer Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro won first place for his feature series, “Losing our roots,” about descendants of the Rio Grande Valley’s pioneering families fearing the border wall will separate them from their chapel, cemetery, land and history. He also won second place in the Star Reporter of the Year category for his body of work covering immigration in 2018, including the family separations that occurred at the border due to the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.
Daniel A. Flores won first place in the Video Longer Than Two Minutes category for his work on “South of the Levee.” Flores also received an honorable mention in the same category for his coverage of the “PRCA Xtreme Bulls at the RGV Livestock Show.” And in the Video Shorter Than Two Minutes category, Flores received third place for “State-bound Soccer Teams Reflect on Representing the Valley.”
The Monitor also won third place for Online Newspaper of the Year, and placed second in the Comment and Criticism section for Nancy Moyer’s “Surface Treatment: Comment and criticism of local art exhibits.”
In addition, the newspaper won second place in the Star Online Package of the Year category for “Losing our roots.”
Staff writer Cristina M. Garcia won second place in the Short Features category for “Taqueria owner heartbroken at sight of flooded business,” which documented Weslaco eatery Nana’s Taqueria’s struggle to overcome severe damage sustained during the June 2018 flood.
Photojournalist Delcia Lopez won second place for photojournalism and received an honorable mention for Star Photojournalist of the Year, and Joel Martinez received third place for photojournalism.
“The recognition our journalists earned this weekend is a testament to their commitment and tireless work chronicling news and life in the Rio Grande Valley. We couldn’t be more proud of them,” Stephan Wingert, publisher and editor for The Monitor, said. ”Our readers can continue to expect more from The Monitor as we push ourselves to be their most trusted source of community journalism.”
The Monitor competes in Class AAA, newspapers with a circulation between 30,000 to 125,000.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to add the accolades earned by another journalist and to reflect the correct number of awards received.