Mountain Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd, photographer Max Cooper win national awards

Congratulations to Caitlin Byrd and Max Cooper, two Mountain Xpress staffers who have earned recognition from the National Newspaper Association.

Byrd, who covers health-and-wellness news, won 2nd place, Best Health Story, for her Aug. 2, 2011, cover story, Is There a Doctor in the House?.

Staff Photographer Max Cooper won 2nd place, Best Photo Essay, for the Nov. 8, 2011, cover project, Eyes on the Street.

Here’s what the judges had to say about their work:

2nd place, Best Health Story, Daily & Non‐daily Division, circulation 6,000 or more, Is There a Doctor in the House? by Caitlin Byrd. Judges’ Comments: “An excellent piece on a growing problem across the country. Good job of helping your readers understand why these puzzling health care decisions are being made.”

2nd place, Best Photo Essay, Daily & Non‐daily Division, circulation 12,000 or more, Eyes on the street: Asheville Argus aims to read between the (head) lines, Max Cooper. Judges’ Comments: “Eye‐catching! Black and white photography is great to see the insight into a person’s soul. That is what this essay did.”

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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