The Memphis Flyer is the winner of two 2006 Green Eyeshade Awards. Staff writer Chris Herrington received a first-place award in the Criticism category for a series of film reviews published in 2005, and senior editor John Branston received a third-place award in the Investigative division for his four-part series on the bizarre trial of medical examiner O.C. Smith. Security guards found Smith wrapped in barbed wire, with a bomb strapped to his chest, but after a lengthy investigation, police accused Smith of staging the whole thing.
Sponsored by the national Society of Professional Journalists, the Green Eyeshades the name derived from the green visors work by old-timey newspaper editors are an annual competition saluting the best print and broadcast journalism in 11 Southern states.
A complete list of winners will be posted later this week on the Green Eyeshades Web site.