Westword and Willamette Week Nab IRE Awards

march 29, 2006  12:20 pm
WW's Nigel Jaquiss won the Local Circulation Weeklies certificate for exposing a secret deal to sell Portland General Electric. "Jaquiss' reporting is widely credited with scuttling the deal," according to the judges' comments. L.A. Weekly, Fort Worth Weekly, and City Pages (Twin Cities) were also finalists. In the Student Work category, J. David McShane won for his undercover work that revealed U.S. Army recruiters were using improper tactics. McShane initially wrote the piece for his high school newspaper but subsequently expanded it for publication in Westword. The annual awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., recognize outstanding investigative work.