December 4, 2022

“Monsoon water rescue” by Rick Wiley won first place for best news photograph. A woman climbs out of a Nissan pickup as Northwest Fire District firefighters position themselves for a water rescue in the Cañada del Oro Wash north of Tucson on Aug. 10, 2021.
“Rodeo prayer” by Kelly Presnell won first place for best sports photograph. Alexander McKenna, left, prays with his son Alastar after Alastar qualified for Sunday’s finals in junior rodeo steer riding at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo on Feb. 24, 2022.
Danyelle Khmara 
Rebecca Sasnett, newsroom staff, Arizona Daily Star.
Ellice Lueders, food writer for This is Tucson.
Rick Wiley 
Cat rescue by Kelly Presnell won second place for best news photograph. A resident gives Thor the cat a kiss after Tucson Fire Department personnel rescued him out of a single family structure fire on Aug. 26, 2021. No one was home at the time of the fire except Thor and a second cat who was outside at the time.
“Hair-raising experience” by Kelly Presnell won third place for best news photograph. It takes two stylists from Sports Clips to cut the 15 inches of hair from the head of Candyce Pardee at the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation  fundraiser at Mountain View High School on March 4, 2022. Participants volunteer to have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer treatment and cure research.
“Water Bubbles” by Kelly Presnell won third place for best feature photograph. Fairgoers take a turn trying the Water Bubbles, one of the attractions on the opening day of the Pima County Fair in Tucson on April 21, 2022.
The Arizona Daily Star won top 2022 honors in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s annual Better Newspapers Contest.
The Star, under publisher John D’Orlando and editor Jill Jorden Spitz, earned Arizona Newspaper of the Year and finished first in general excellence among newspapers with a circulation of over 25,000.
The Star’s Kelly Presnell won a fifth consecutive award as ANA Photographer of the Year.
Star reporter Tony Davis placed second for Journalist of the Year.
The Star also earned first places in reporting and newswriting excellence; news and copy editing excellence; editorial page excellence; newspaper website for www.tucson.com; best newsletter for #ThisIsTucson newsletters; and best newspaper innovation for NewsVu QR codes.
In addition, Star journalists received:
Caitlin Schmidt, first place, community service/journalistic achievement, for “Serving Tucson with Solutions coverage.”
Curt Prendergast and Alex Devoid, first place, best sustained coverage or series, for “A crisis deepens in the desert.”
Tim Steller, first place, best column, feature or commentary, for “Tucson fails to ‘live mas’.”
Emily Bregel, first place, investigative reporting, for “Beach paradise beloved by Arizonans soiled by bubbling sewage.”
Danyelle Khmara, first place, best use of data journalism, for “Misleading tally: Border crossers counted more than once.”
Caitlin Schmidt, Edward Celaya and Rebecca Sasnett, first place, online coverage of breaking news, for “Deadly rampage on Tucson’s south side.”
Bruce Pascoe, first place, best team, sport or sports beat coverage, for college basketball beat coverage.
Ellice Lueders, first place, best feature story, for “La Estrella Bakery just expanded — here’s what you missed at the grand opening.”
Rick Wiley, first place, best news photograph, for “Monsoon water rescue.”
Kelly Presnell, first place, best sports photograph, for “Rodeo prayer.”
Patty Machelor, second place, best news story, for “Saving each other.”
Henry Brean, second place, best feature story, for “It’s not borrowed time. It’s everything.”
Kathryn Palmer, second place, enterprise reporting, for “UA has resources to help hungry students. Is it enough?
Nicole Ludden, second place, online coverage of breaking news, for “Tucson mandates vaccines for employees.”
Kelly Presnell, second place, best news photograph, for “Cat rescue.”
Mamta Popat, second place, best feature photograph, for “Splash pad.”
Kelly Presnell, second place, best sports photograph, for “Dunks and leaps.”
Curt Prendergast and Alex Devoid, third place, best use of data journalism, for “A crisis deepens in the desert.”
Michael Lev, third place, best sports story, for “Showman, savior … or both?”
Kelly Presnell, third place, best news photograph, for “Hair-raising experience.”
Rebecca Sasnett, third place, best sports photograph, for “Great landing.”
Kelly Presnell, third place, best feature photograph, for “Water Bubbles.”
Missy Davis, first place, best ad under 1/2 page, for “Unleased Boudoir.”
Ben Brown, first place, best ad 1/2 page or larger, for “Tucson Rodeo Parade — Route.”
Alexis Walters, first place, best online ad, for “This is Tucson – School and Camp Fair.”
David Montemayor, first place, best online ad (animated), for “Readers Choice Online.”
Missy Davis, first place, best classified section, for “Sept. 12th Sunday Classifieds.”
Jay Walsh, first place, best advertising video, for “Account Executives.”
Alexis Walters, first place, best newsletter/eblast, for “Pima County Fair.”
Jay Walsh (video) and David Montemayor (display), first place, best event, for “2021 Readers Choice.”
Ben Brown, second place, best newspaper promotion ad, series or section, for “Amplified Digital – Arizona Daily Star.”
Kelly Presnell, Photographer of the Year
Tony Davis
Caitlin Schmidt
Curt Prendergast
Alex Devoid
Tim Steller
Emily Bregel
Bruce Pascoe 
Edward Celaya 
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In the past year, the Arizona Daily Star’s solutions beat has covered topics including public safety, education, housing, homelessness, criminal justice, health, politics, mental wellness and more.

For Star subscribers: The big new development at the northeast gateway to the University of Gateway is a Taco Bell. It’s replacing an old Taco Bell. A city-approved 20-story tower remains unrealized. 

People living near Guaymas sewage leaks plagued by vomiting, stomach distress, sore throats, headaches, and stinging or infected eyes.

While the number of migrant crossings of the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2021 was high, it likely did not set a new record — due to a high percentage of people crossing more than once and fewer people crossing undetected.

The series revives a rivalry made famous by former coaches Lute Olson and Mike Krzyzewski.

La Estrella Bakery opened their third location in Barrio Hollywood this weekend. The west-side location was once El Rio Bakery, where La Estrella’s founders, the Franco family, got their start making Tucson’s favorite pan dulce.

“Monsoon water rescue” by Rick Wiley won first place for best news photograph. A woman climbs out of a Nissan pickup as Northwest Fire District firefighters position themselves for a water rescue in the Cañada del Oro Wash north of Tucson on Aug. 10, 2021.
“Rodeo prayer” by Kelly Presnell won first place for best sports photograph. Alexander McKenna, left, prays with his son Alastar after Alastar qualified for Sunday’s finals in junior rodeo steer riding at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo on Feb. 24, 2022.
Danyelle Khmara 
Rebecca Sasnett, newsroom staff, Arizona Daily Star.
Ellice Lueders, food writer for This is Tucson.
Rick Wiley 
Cat rescue by Kelly Presnell won second place for best news photograph. A resident gives Thor the cat a kiss after Tucson Fire Department personnel rescued him out of a single family structure fire on Aug. 26, 2021. No one was home at the time of the fire except Thor and a second cat who was outside at the time.
“Hair-raising experience” by Kelly Presnell won third place for best news photograph. It takes two stylists from Sports Clips to cut the 15 inches of hair from the head of Candyce Pardee at the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation  fundraiser at Mountain View High School on March 4, 2022. Participants volunteer to have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer treatment and cure research.
“Water Bubbles” by Kelly Presnell won third place for best feature photograph. Fairgoers take a turn trying the Water Bubbles, one of the attractions on the opening day of the Pima County Fair in Tucson on April 21, 2022.
Kelly Presnell, Photographer of the Year
Tony Davis
Caitlin Schmidt
Curt Prendergast
Alex Devoid
Tim Steller
Emily Bregel
Bruce Pascoe 
Edward Celaya 
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