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Houston Reporters Win NAREE Journalism Awards

HOUSTON – Houston news reporters have been recognized in the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 65th Annual Journalism Awards.

Katherine Feser

Katherine Feser

Katherine Feser of the Houston Chronicle won a Silver Award in the Best Commercial Real Estate Story in a Daily Newspaper for her article investigating the booming market for self-storage facilities. The judges said Feser’s story “described how a changing sociological landscape has triggered a demand for self-storage facilities. The reporter showed how some developers were taking advantage of this trend in a blue-collar market segment and were profiting from it.”

In the Best Commercial Story category, Michelle Jarboe McFee of the Cleveland Plain Dealer took the Gold and Steve Raabe of the Denver Post received a Bronze Award.

Nancy Sarnoff

Nancy Sarnoff

Houston Chronicle real estate writer Nancy Sarnoff also received recognition in the prestigious journalism competition with an honorable mention for her comprehensive coverage of the new Exxon Mobil campus and its ramifications for Houston.

NAREE presented the awards on June 26 at its 49th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami.

NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry went to Sarah Kleiner Varble of The Virginian-Pilot for her reporting on the plight of homeowners with homes built with drywall imported from China. Varble grew up in the Houston area.

Sarah Kleiner Varble

Sarah Kleiner Varble

The judge’s said Varble’s work “was a clear overall winner. This is true global, social, and personal journalism: reporting on a genuine problem and not just a standard trend story. The writing was detailed and compelling, the interviews captured the human element, and the story performed a real public service.”

A panel of judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University selected all award winners. Professor Emeritus Patrick S. Washburn, a former news reporter and editor, chaired the judges panel.

The 2015 NAREE award winners in 25 categories include:

Category 1: Best Collection of Work by an Individual

Gold Award – David Migoya, The Denver Post

Silver Award – Willoughby Mariano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bronze Award – Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal – Mansion

Honorable Mention – Sanjay Bhatt, The Seattle Times

Honorable Mention – Katherine Clarke, The New York Daily News

 

Category 2: Best Column

Gold Award – Mary Beth Breckenridge, The Akron Beacon Journal

Silver Award – Ken Harney, Washington Post Writers Group and New Home Source

Bronze Award – Lew Sichelman, New Home Source

Honorable Mention – Michele Lerner, Freelance Writer, Bankrate.com

 

Category 3: Best Home & Design Story

Gold Award – Katy McLaughlin, The Wall Street Journal – Mansion

Silver Award – Camilla McLaughlin, Freelance Writer, New Home Source

Bronze Award – Francis Storrs, The Boston Globe

Honorable Mention – Stefanos Chen, The Wall Street Journal – Mansion

 

Category 4: Best Residential Real Estate Story in a Daily Newspaper

Gold Award – Julie Satow, Freelance Writer, The New York Times

Silver Award – Audrey Hoffer, Freelance Writer, The Washington Post

Bronze Award – Sue Doerfler, The Arizona Republic

Honorable Mention – Candace Jackson, The Wall Street Journal – Mansion

 

Category 5: Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story – Daily Newspaper

Gold Award – Joe Light, The Wall Street Journal

Silver Award – David Migoya, The Denver Post

Bronze Award – Chris Fleisher, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Honorable Mention – Sanjay Bhatt, The Seattle Times

 

Category 6: Best Commercial Real Estate Story – Daily Newspaper

Gold Award – Michelle Jarboe McFee, The Plain Dealer

Silver Award – Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle

Bronze Award – Steve Raabe, The Denver Post

Honorable Mention – Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle

 

Category 7: Best Small Daily Newspaper Story

Gold Award – Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Silver Award – June Fletcher, Naples Daily News

Bronze Award – Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

Category 8: Best Weekly Newspaper Story

Gold Award – Sam Black, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Silver Award – Candace Carlisle, The Dallas Business Journal

 

Category 9: Best Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Magazine Story, General Circulation

Gold Award – Al Barbarino, Real Estate Capital

Silver Award – Camilla McLaughlin, Freelance Writer, Unique Homes

 

Category 10: Best Trade Magazine Story

Gold Award – Ben Lane, HousingWire

Silver Award – Al Barbarino, Commercial Observer

Bronze Award – Marcie Geffner, Freelance Writer, New Home Source

 

 

Category 11: Best Commercial Trade Magazine Story

Gold Award – Rich Bockmann, The Real Deal Magazine

Silver Award – Anna Spiewak, Commercial Property Executive

Bronze Award – Elaine Misonzhnik, National Real Estate Investor

Honorable Mention – Mike Ratliff, Commercial Property Executive

 

Category 12: Best Online Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story

Co-Gold Award – Deborah Nelson, Ryan McNeill and Duff Wilson, Reuters

Co-Gold Award – Michelle Conlin, Reuters

Silver Award – Andrea Brambila, Inman News

Bronze Award – Camilla McLaughlin, Freelance Writer, NewHomeSource

 

Category 13: Best Online Commercial Real Estate Story

Gold Award – Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg News

Silver Award – Randyl Drummer, CoStar News

Bronze Award – Nadja Brandt, Bloomberg News

Honorable Mention – David M. Levitt, Bloomberg News

 

Category 14: Best Blog

Gold Award – Polyana da Costa, Bankrate.com

Silver Award – Candace Evans, Candy’s Dirt

Bronze Award – Cory Weinberg, San Francisco Business Times

 

Category 15: Best Audio or Video Report—Broadcast or Online, Radio or Television

Gold Award – Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Report

Silver Award – Kiel Hauck, Angie’s List Magazine

 

Category 16: Best Breaking News Story

Gold Award – Heather Perlberg, Nadja Brandt, and David M. Levitt, Bloomberg News

Silver Award – Kimberly Miller, The Palm Beach Post

Bronze Award- Ashley Gurbal Kritzer, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Honorable Mention – Susan Lundine, Meg Ribbens, Abraham Aboraya and Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal

 

Category 17: Best Investigative Report or Investigative Series

Gold Award – Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette-Journal

Silver Award – Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Bronze Award – Kimberly Miller, The Palm Beach Post

Honorable Mention – Dan Freed, TheStreet.com

 

Category 18: Best Series

Gold Award – Willoughby Mariano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Silver Award – Kimberly Miller, The Palm Beach Post

Bronze Award – Aldo Svaldi, Steve Raabe and Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post

Honorable Mention – Teke Wiggin, Inman News

 

Category 19: Best Team Report

Gold Award – John Gittelsohn and Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg News

Silver Award – Anthony Effinger and Katherine Burton, Bloomberg News

Bronze Award – Neil Callanan and Patrick Gower, Bloomberg News

Honorable Mention – Arielle Kass and J. Scott Trubey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Category 20: Best Design, Home or Shelter Magazine

Gold Award – Gail Ravgiala, Design New England

Silver Award – Dan DiClerico, Consumer Reports

Bronze Award – Melissa C. Gillespie, Ocean Home Magazine

 

Category 21: Best Residential Trade Magazine

Co-Gold Award – Denise Dersin, Professional Builder

Co-Gold Award – Matt Power, GreenBuilder Magazine

Bronze Award – Rania Efthemes and Will McDermott, Scotsman Guide, Residential

 

Category 22: Best Commercial Trade Magazine

Gold Award – Jennifer Molloy, The Institutional Real Estate Letter – Asia Pacific

Silver Award – Matt Valley, Seniors Housing Business

Bronze Award – Elaine Misonzhnik, David Bodamer, Susan Piperato and Kathy McGilvery, National Real Estate Investor

 

Category 23: Best Newsletter

Gold Award – Heather Ogilvie and Carol Johnson Perkins, Fair Housing Coach

Silver Award – Daren Blomquist, Housing News Report

Bronze Award – Patricia Garcia, New Home Source Home of the Week

 

Category 24: Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home Section

Gold Award – Dan Beucke, Samantha Gowen, Jeff Collins, Marilyn Kalfus and Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register

Silver Award – Emily Gitter, Beth DeCarbo, Stephanie Capparell and Suein Hwang, The Wall Street Journal – Mansion

Bronze Award – Brenda Richardson, The Chicago Tribune

 

Category 25: Best Web Site

Gold Award – Matt Power, Melissa Smith, Mary Kestner, Heather Wallace and Catie O’Keefe, GreenBuilder Magazine

Silver Award – Katie Hamilton and Gene Hamilton, DIY Do it Yourself or Not – www.DIYornot.com

Bronze Award – Elaine Misonzhnik, David Bodamer, Susan Piperato and Kathy McGilvery, National Real Estate Investor

The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) is a non-profit journalism organization founded in 1929.  www.NAREE.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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