Caller-Times Wins Prizes in Texas Association Editors’ Competition

The Caller-Times won eight awards in the annual Texas Association of Managing Editors competition.

The annual awards recognize the best journalism in the state.

Caller-Times reporters have been recognized for their breaking news, community service, investigative and sports reporting, as well as photography and video.

The awards were announced at last weekend’s Texas AME conference in Irving.

The Caller-Times competed against 10 other AAA-class newsrooms.

Caller-Times editor-in-chief Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett said the diversity of wins reflects the staff’s dedication to reporting the news in many forms.

Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett, editor of Caller Times

“The talents of our staff are varied, but what we share is a love for South Texas and journalism,” said Cavazos Beckett. “We are committed to telling stories that are timely, relevant and often lead to positive change.”

Caller-Times Awards

The Caller-Times Newsroom won first place for Featured Story of the Year for coverage of Winter Storm Uri.

Former staffer Annie Rice, now at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, placed second for a video about a local couple who camped for the Moderna vaccine.

A photo of an ofrenda won visual journalist Angela Piazza third place for feature photography.

Maribel Lara of Girl Scout Troop 96059 stabilizes her 10-year-old daughter Regan as she balances on Brian Claunch's shoulders.  Claunch's wife, Tonya, helps guide him to a knee so Regan can dismount after hanging hard-to-reach decorations for their troupe's offense at the Ritz Theater in Corpus Christi on October 23, 2021.

“I really like the cultural documentary aspect of this image. The lighting and composition moved it over the top,” wrote one judge. “The photographer gave readers something they don’t see every day.”

Angela Piazza is a photographer and videographer for the Caller-Times.

Sportswriter Rey Castillo placed third for Celeste Williams Star Sportswriter of the Year for a collection of his diverse coverage of local sports.

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Rey Castillo, Caller-Times sports reporter

Caller-Times staff also received four honorable mentions.

An honorable mention was awarded to Newsroom of the Year and another recognized the efforts of the Caller-Times Children’s Christmas Appeal in the community service category.

Last year’s Newsroom campaign raised $82,508 and helped thousands of South Texas children in need during the holidays.

Content Editor Vicky Camarillo received two honorable mentions – one for Featured Investigative Report of the Year and another for Freedom of Information – for continued coverage of Ridley’s Sea Turtle Program. Kemp at Padre Island National Seashore.

Vicky Camarillo, Content Editor, won two honorable mentions in this year's Texas AME contest.

A judge noted that Camarillo should be “commended for her tireless efforts to tell this story in the face of many obstacles.”

“The Corpus Christi Caller-Times coverage of the apparent attempts to dismantle the Padre Island National Seashore sea turtle program was a great job,” Judge added. “This is the type of reporting that only happens under the watchful eye of local news media invested in the community.”

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