Vice President Mike Pence came to Green Valley in 2019.

The Green Valley News advertising and newsroom staffs won several awards in the 2020 Arizona Newspapers Association contest. Winners were announced in a virtual awards ceremony Thursday.


First place: Most Effective Use of Paid Small Space, Pam Lembo, Ragazzi Trattoria

First place: Best Online Ad (static), staff, Green Valley Pools & Spa

Second place: Special Section, Discover Arizona magazine, Graham Harrington, Karen Walenga

Second place: Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section, Graham Harrington, 2019 AZ Most Influential People

Third place: Advertising General Excellence


First place: Page Design Excellence

Second place: General Excellence

Second place: Editorial Page Excellence

Second place: Best Use of Photography

Second place: Best Feature Photo Layout, Vice President Mike Pence’s visit

Second place: Investigative Reporting, Kim Smith, “A death in Sahuarita,” about a family in need that refused help

Second place: Best Column, Feature or Commentary, Dan Shearer, “Supervisors, you’re killing us!” about Pima County declining to raise the smoking age to 21.

Third place: Best Feature Photograph, Jorge Encinas, “Don’t touch ’em"

Freedom of Information Award: Dan Shearer, given to publicize efforts to preserve free speech and transparency in government.