earned plenty of kudos during the annual Society of Professional Journalists awards Detroit chapter ceremony on Wednesday night.
A number of awards went to MT
's dining editor Tom Perkins — and were not limited to his coverage of Detroit's food scene.
Perkins earned first place in print, Class A: Open Government Reporting for his ongoing coverage of the scandal over Ypsilanti's "International Village" real estate development. (Since Perkins first reported
on contradicting sources of funding for a trip city officials took to China, the development has been stalled, an independent law firm has recommended criminal charges
, and Ypsi city council has handed the investigation
into wrongdoing to Michigan State Police.)
Perkins also won third place in print, Class A: Consumer/Watchdog Reporting for his story on why some took offense to the name of the Detroit restaurant formerly known as Katoi
. (Citing the report, the restauranteurs later rebranded as "Takoi.")
Perkins also earned an honorable mention for print, Class A: Features Reporting for his behind-the-scenes story on Sterling’s Old Style BBQ
in northwest Detroit.
also earned a number of awards in the "Explanatory Story" category.
Michael Jackman won third place print, Class A for his cover story,
Violet Ikonomova earned an honorable mention for her look into Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's war on graffiti
. And Lee DeVito (that's me) earned an honorable mention for a cover story on Detroit's QLine, "A streetcar named desire."
For personality profiles, former MT
arts editor Rebecca Mazzei earned second place, print, Class A for "A room of one's own,"
her look back at the life of the late art maven Susanne Hilberry. And DeVito (hi) earned third place for a profile on Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis
In a twist of fate, Jackman wound up walking up to accept the award for
second place, print, class A: Sports Reporting with his girlfriend, Rachel Timlin, who took the photos for "Game changers,"
his deep dive into the world of girls' and women's' wrestling. (Timlin, a former high school wrestler, wore her old wrestling sneakers to celebrate the occasion.)
Lastly, former MT
designer Robert "Nix" Nixon earned first place print, class A: Cover Design for our parody
of Dan Gilbert as Mr. Monopoly.
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