By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Last Saturday night, the Dallas Observer and its staff took home eight Katie Awards -- the most in the newspaper's 19-year history -- including one for best non-daily newspaper. The Katie Awards are presented by the Dallas Press Club in recognition of excellence in journalism and mass communications throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Four of the Observer's Katie Awards came in the major market daily newspapers division, which contains entries from the five-state area's biggest papers, including The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Austin American-Statesman.
Robert Wilonsky took home the arts feature story award for "Odd man out," about the late Texas-born author Terry Southern and his estate. Wilonsky also won Katies in the sports column category with his column "Balls" and in the sports feature story category with "The spring of our discontent," which followed the Texas Rangers through spring training.
The Observer also won four Katie Awards in the non-daily or special-interest newspaper division.