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Current gets first-place props at statewide First Amendment Awards


Please pardon a moment of third-person bragging; now and then we like to remind the (totally lovely Irish-Catholic progressive) suits who sign our checks why they pay us.

The San Antonio Current took home first-place honors in two categories April 16 at the SPJ Fort Worth First Amendment Awards. Staff writer Greg Harman's three-part series Nukes of Hazard was tapped for Investigative Reporting in the 50,000-and-under circulation category.

“The winner in a very competitive category,” said the judges. “Exhaustively researched and well written, รข??Nukes of Hazzard' explored a topic that requires such depth.”

Harman's in-depth examination of San Antonio's proposed nuclear-plant expansion has also been recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council journal On Earth, and the Lone Star Sierra Club named him environmental reporter of the year. Last year, he took home the top prizes in Fort Worth for Investigative Reporting and Defending the Disadvantaged.

Current Editor Elaine Wolff was recognized a second year in a row in the First Amendment Awards' Opinion and Commentary category for “well-researched work `that` gives the residents of a disadvantaged community a voice they otherwise would not have had” for her set of columns about last year's proposed Healy-Murphy Park sale. Her story about a City cover-up of jail-abuse complaints that was discovered and then buried by the Hearst-owned daily was a finalist in the Investigative Reporting category.

All right: back to work!