Thursday, May 24, 2007
DeBerry receives recognition
Jarvis DeBerry, a Holly Springs native who began his journalism career at The South Reporter, won first place in a writing competition that included newspapers in two states.
DeBerry, a columnist and editorial writer for The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, was given the award by the Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Louisiana and Mississippi for a series of columns he wrote in 2006. The columns chronicled life in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
DeBerry, who worked at The South Reporter between 1993 and 1996, began writing for The Times-Picayune in 1997.
The New Orleans newspaper has won numerous awards for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, most notably The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006. Twenty pieces comprised the newspaper’s Public Service entry. DeBerry wrote three.
In October, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association awarded DeBerry and three other writers on the newspaper’s editorial board first place in the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize for editorials the judges described as “hard-hitting” and “heartfelt.”
DeBerry attended Holly Springs High School and graduated from The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus in 1993. He majored in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the son of Melvin and Pennie DeBerry and the grandson of Willie Mae DeBerry and the late Roy Lee DeBerry, Sr.
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