Newspaper claims contest awards

The Uvalde Leader-News earned honors in 10 different categories in the 2019 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the South Texas Press Association. The awards were announced last weekend in La Grange during the STPA’s 93rd-annual convention.

Pete Luna, circulation manager and photographer, was named Photographer of the Year and also won first place honors for feature pictures and sports pictures and second place in news photos. The newspaper won a first place in feature writing for stories written by managing editor Meghann Garcia and former staff writer Charley Robinson; and five third place awards for page design and lifestyle pages, produced by Garcia and for editorial writing, humorous column writing and serious column writing, written by publisher Craig Garnett.

Commenting on Luna’s photography, judges wrote: “Love the clarity of Luna’s photos. Each tells a story, clearly. Good variety, focus and perspective.”


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