Dickerson, whose work for Phoenix New Times won him national recognition, recently left journalism to focus on his other vocation: being a pastor. "It really came down to there were not enough hours in the week to minister to people the way I wanted and to do journalism," Dickerson tells the Prescott, Ariz., Daily Courier. New Times managing editor Amy Silverman says the traits that led Dickerson to religious leadership were the same ones that made him a good reporter. "I believe it's the sincerity and goodness that led him to the clergy that make him such a terrific investigative reporter," she says.

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John Dickerson has been named the 2008 Livingston Award winner for local reporting for "The Doctor is Out," a three-part series on medical standards and regulation in Arizona. The Livingstons are limited to journalists under the age of 35 and are the largest all-media, general-reporting prizes in the country. This marks the second year in a row that an alt-weekly has won the award, which comes with a $10,000 prize. Dickerson's series is also an AltWeekly Award finalist in the investigative reporting category.

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