INDY Week's 2016 North Carolina Press Association Awards / by Brian Howe

Six first places, two second places, and two third places add up to a nice haul for the INDY at the 2016 North Carolina Press Association Awards. Some of these stories cover issues as pressing as immigration, HB 2 and transphobia, the rise of Trump, and police shootings; others fill in the texture of our times through experiential journeys into the mixed martial arts scene, a rare tuba museum, and a groundbreaking Southern art exhibit. If you are unfamiliar with our paper, the progressive weekly serving the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, then these, as some of our best and most representative stories, are a perfect litmus test to find out if we're for you.

1st Place, News Feature Writing: Billy Ball, “The Invisibles”

1st Place, Feature Writing: Barry Yeoman, “The 30 Years That Brought Us HB 2

1st Place, Arts and Entertainment Reporting: Brian Howe, “The Brass Menagerie”

1st Place, Sports Feature Writing: Bryan C. Reed, “Unstoppable Force”

1st Place, Serious Columns: Bob Geary, Citizen

1st Place, Election/Political Reporting: Barry Yeoman, “The Trump Show”

2nd Place, Profile Feature: Grayson Haver Currin, “Saving Eric Bachmann”

2nd Place, Arts and Entertainment Reporting: Chris Vitiello, “Luck of the Drawl”

3rd Place, General News Reporting: Paul Blest and Jane Porter, “Four Shots on Bragg Street”

3rd Place, Profile Feature: Kenneth Fine, “Saving Grace”