Awards & Recognition
2006: Duke Media Fellow. In residence during the spring semester at the Terry Stanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, Durham, N.C.
2002: Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellow. The Pulliam Fellowship is awarded to one editorial writer each year to pursue a project of his or her choosing. I used the fellowship to explore alternative border paradigms for the United States and Mexico.
2001: "Jim Lehrer Award," for the five-part series "The Texas Hill Country: Loving it to Death," an investigative report for The San Antonio Express-News
"Stanley Walker Journalism Award," presented by the Texas Institute of Letters for the year's best work of journalism, for "Loving it to Death"
"Headliner's Award," presented annually by the Austin Headliner's Club for the year's best work in a daily newspaper, for "Loving it to Death"
2000: George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award, given each year by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in recognition of the nation's best cooperative publication
1998: Carr P. Collins Award, presented annually by the Texas Institute of Letters to the year's best work of nonfiction, for My Mother's Keeper (William Morrow & Co. and Avon Books, 1997)
1997: Nominee, Teaching Excellence Award, St. Edward?s University.
1992: PEN West Literary Award for Magazine Journalism for "Voices in the Dark," Texas Monthly (June 1991)
1988: The San Diego Tribune editorial page received three first-place awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association: best editorial page in California,best individual editorial, best editorial cartoon.
1987: The San Diego Tribune editorial page received the Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials on immigration reform written by Jonathan Friedman of my staff and edited by me.
1986: SDX award for excellence in editorial writing (San Antonio Light)
1985: SDX award for excellence in editorial writing (San Antonio Light)
SDX award for excellence in column writing.
Associated Press award for excellence in editorial writing
Editor of San Diego Tribune editorial page that won the 1987 Pulitizer Prize