O.C. Times Reporter Wins Award From AP


J.R. Moehringer, a reporter for The Times Orange County Edition, won a feature writing award Saturday in the Associated Press News Executives Council’s annual contest.

Moehringer’s story detailed the tragic aftermath of a drunk driving accident that took the lives of four Orange County teens.

The awards were presented at ceremonies in Napa at the annual convention of Associated Press member newspapers in California and Nevada.


Los Angeles Times reporter Ralph Vartabedian and a Contra Costa Times photographer were named sweepstakes winners--the top honor--in the contest.

Vartabedian was honored for his coverage of Boeing Co.’s $13.3-billion deal to buy McDonnell Douglas Corp.

Judges called his account a “sweeping story on a major event that combined hard reporting, strong reporting and various sources.”

Contra Costa Times photographer Larry Strong’s winning entry was a photo of a child being comforted by a counselor at a camp for young burn victims.

Los Angeles Times winners also included Lorena Iniguez for best news graphic. Iniguez was honored for her graphics in a series on the human brain.