Fenske Wins Major Award

Former New Times columnist Sarah Fenske was honored last week with the prestigious Livingston Award for a three-part series she wrote in Phoenix last year about corruption at the top of the Maricopa County Housing Authority. The series ("Mr. Big Stuff," (February 11, April 22, July 1, 2010) led directly to Doug Lingner's resignation as head of the authority, after he was put on leave following the publication of Fenske's findings.

At a luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City, Newsweek's Anna Quindlen — one of the Livingston judges — sought Fenske out to congratulate her in person and laud her writing skills. Dean Baquet, just named managing editor of the New York Times, introduced Fenske to a crowd that included journalists Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, Charlie Gibson, and Ken Auletta — telling the group that she wrote the kinds of stories Baquet wrote as a reporter, only better. Fenske's series won in the Local Reporting category. John Henion and Mariana Van Zeller of Current TV won the National Reporting award; and Matt Katz from the Philadelphia Inquirer took the prize for International Reporting.

The Livingston Awards, limited to journalists under 35, are touted as the "largest all-media, general-reporting prizes in the country." This was the 30th anniversary of the awards. Fenske's series also was a finalist for an award from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Fenske left Phoenix New Times last summer to become managing editor at another Village Voice Media paper, the Riverfront Times in St. Louis.

 
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Steve
Steve

Major award? Did she get a leg lamp?

Tired of hate
Tired of hate

I do not know who Arizona's Politics is, but do you think that she is at another paper for a reason?

Her writing is VERY good and it is not the normal name calling and mud-slinging that is normally associated with the New Times.

It is actual reporting.

Arizona's Politics
Arizona's Politics

I do not know who "Tired of hate" is, but I hope he or she realizes that "another paper" is actually a promotion for Ms. Fenske WITHIN THE SAME COMPANY.

And, while the Phoenix New Times does often express its point of view quite forcefully, the paper is also normally associated with the type of quality reporting that has made it so well-honored at journalism competitions.

(By the way, "Tired of hate", I am NOT affiliated with the Phoenix New Times, Village Voice Media, Sarah Fenske, etc, etc in any way, shape or form. I AM a journalist - by training, formerly by profession, currently by hobby - who appreciates the great reporting that the New Times' reporters have often displayed.)

Ssorian
Ssorian

Then you should be at the PNT....Their writers are all hobby writers as well.

Arizona's Politics
Arizona's Politics

That is AWESOME!!! It was another great example of great reporting - and Sarah had other good articles here.

Congratulations, Sarah, and congrats to the New Times for continuing to hire&develop the talent, and giving them the resources to do some great reporting!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Hopefully the award allowed her to get enough cash to buy a blouse that fits.

 

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