Aztec Press reporters win major state awards

Aztec Press student reporters received two major awards in Arizona Press Club competition. The awards, announced May 4, were for stories published in 2014.

The Aztec Press competed against statewide community newspapers, rather than in a student category.

David Del Grande won first place in Community education reporting for his September 2014 investigation into Pima Community College’s use of adjunct instructors. Del Grande transferred to the University of Arizona journalism program this spring.

A judge’s comment: “Del Grande did a terrific job highlighting a major issue in higher education that has been widely overlooked by the national media.”

Andrew Paxton won third place in Community public service journalism. Paxton will graduate from PCC in May and plans to transfer to UA.

A judge’s comment: “Paxton’s coverage of Pima Community College is wide-ranging and balanced. By reporting both the good and bad news about the community college, he provided readers with valuable insight into an important community institution.”

For a complete list of Arizona Press Club winners, visit

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