Two Alt-Weekly Writers Are Livingston Award Finalists

Miami New Times staff writer Gus Garcia-Roberts and former Pacific Northwest Inlander reporter Nicholas Deshais are finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award:

Deshais was nominated on the strength of an Inlander cover story about (now former) Assistant City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi and his role in the Otto Zehm case. He is one of 41 finalists for the prize, which is given each year to three journalists under the age of 35 for local, national and international reporting across print, broadcast and online platforms …

For Garcia-Roberts, whose quixotic campaign for local office recently ended in defeat, the Livingston nomination represented a “trifecta,” writes Andy Van De Voorde:

The Livingston nod came on the heels of Garcia-Roberts being named a finalist in the IRE Awards and a winner in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Each contest recognized Garcia-Roberts for “Rotten to the Core,” his investigative report on corruption within the State of Florida’s McKay scholarship program.

The Livingston Award winners will be announced on June 6.

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