Tara Servatius won first place in Columns. Judge's comments: "Because her columns kick tail, take names and make sense. The last thing a government functionary probably wants to hear in North Carolina must be "Call from Tara Servatius.'"
Tim Davis won second place in Criticism. Judge's comments: "One of those pain-in-the-ass lefty critics you want to strangle as you read one paragraph -- but then you find yourself nodding in agreement in the next."
Sam Boykin won third place in the Profiles category for "The Amazing Story of the Fabulous Moolah." Judge's comments: "A sweet story about one tough broad."
The North Carolina Working Press is a 60-year-old organization that promotes the interests of reporters, copy editors, photographers, graphic designers, editors and other editorial employees of the state's newspapers.