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March 5, 2007


Hurricane writer Samantha Perez wins national award for her Tattoo series


The Tattoo snagged two awards in this year’s “very competitive” Suburban Newspapers of America annual contest that drew more than 2,000 entries from across the country.

Tattoo writer Samantha Perez’s “Fleeing Katrina” won top honors as the best feature to appear in the previous year in a small daily newspaper.

Perez wrote the equivalent of a small book in many special issues of The Tattoo that detailed her experience as a refugee from hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, a town just outside New Orleans.

In her Hurricane Journal, which she began writing the day Katrina slammed ashore in Louisiana in August 2005, Perez wrote of what she lost – her community as well as personal possessions – and what she gained: a new sense of strength and courage.

The Tattoo got third place in the “Best Young People’s Coverage” category, an honor it has won twice in the past.

Judging was done by the American Press Institute, according to a press release from Kim Cole, the SNA marking manager and contests coordinator.

Winners will be recognized during the group’s awards banquet in Dallas in September.

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