The El Paso Times is patting itself on the back for winning an award tied to their defamatory and complete bag of shit reporting around the EPISD bond management contract.
I think the real story - which would be about the story itself - would be more interesting.
What if they were to give the entire truth? What if they laid out their plan? It would go like this.
Susie Byrd goes to ask Gafcon to support Vero's run for congress. Gafcon guy tells Susie that not only can he not give money to Byrd, but one of her opponents, Dori, has actually retained his services for advice on how to run a campaign. Susie gets uber pissed about this because you do not cross Vero.
Susie has her guy at the EP Times - Bob Moore - get ready to write a completely misleading piece about the Gafcon contract in order to put all the blame on a single member of the school board who happened to be running against Vero. But Bob Moore needs something more than just Susie's angry words. Susie provides all the documentation under the table. But Bob Moore realizes he has to get it under an open records request because what Susie did was wrong... very very wrong.
When the story is written it is made out to sound like Dori (a Jew, Bob Moore liked to point out) singlehandedly forced the bond issue on the voters who had no choice but to vote for it and then she hired Gafcon to murder innocent babies for thousands of dollars a day from that bond issue money. All of this was wrong - obviously.
The El Paso Times and Susie Byrd were more than happy to support the bond when the election was held. Byrd was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Gafcon contract. There was no problem in the world (and no secret about what was going on) until Gafcon refused to give money to Vero. The El Paso Times failed to investigate the entire board's vote on the matter. They simply pointed the finger at the evil Jewish woman who dared to run against Vero.
In the end there was no "investigation" and there were no sanctions and life went on as normal. Think about that for a second - the El Paso Times once again reported on something that was not a crime and didn't turn out to be bad at all. How do you win awards for that? Quite literally nothing happened when the whining stopped.
Makes me wonder why the Times never brought up the time Vero tried to award a $150,000,000 downtown arena contract to a couple of dudes who showed up to county commissioners meeting - with no prior conversations with anyone about any of it. Not a single eyebrow raised when she tried to strip all the recipients of the hotel/motel tax of their share without so much as a presentation. Sadly the item failed only because the other members of the court felt they needed more time to "consider the deal," which is their language for "secure bribes from the guys who want build the arena." (Note: this was the first iteration of the downtown arena that eventually died. The current one was put into a city bond issue.)
The concept of "award winning" isn't what it once was. Throwing your journalistic ethics out the window so your buddy can win an election is how things get done these days.