TERRE HAUTE —
Two Tribune-Star journalists have been recognized as the “Best of the Best in Indiana Journalism” by the Society of Professional Journalism.
Chief Photographer Joseph Garza and reporter Howard Greninger were announced as 2012 contest winners.
Garza won first place in News Photography for newspaper circulation below 40,000. His photo “Prayerful moment, powerful welcome” depicted the June 1, 2012, homecoming for the body of Spc. Arronn D. Fields. The photo was taken from an observation deck of the terminal at Terre Haute International Airport.
Fields died May 22, 2012, as the result of a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan. His funeral was conducted in June in Clay County. He was the 23rd Indiana National Guardsman and the 197th Hoosier killed since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
The SPJ contest judge made the following statement about Garza’s photo: “Good shot. Sometimes stepping back tells the story better than something in your face.”
Garza has been employed at the Tribune-Star since January 2000.
"It's an honor to be recognized by my peers in the industry but more so to be able to visually tell the stories of my neighbors in the Wabash Valley,” Garza said. “I think the photo that was recognized shows the support that we have for one another in tough times."
A second-place honor was awarded to reporter Greninger in the category of Personality Profile for newspaper circulation below 40,000.
Greninger wrote about the career and upcoming retirement of Vigo County Parks Superintendent Keith Ruble, who had been in that position since 1973 and was just the third person to hold that title since the park department was formed in 1967.
In his customarily modest fashion, Greninger said that Ruble’s dedication to his community made the story enjoyable to write.
"The award is a testament to Keith Ruble, who has dedicated his career to improving county parks in Vigo County,” Greninger said. “He is a modern day pioneer, a naturalist who sought, as park superintendent, to share the outdoors with all who visit county parks."
Greninger has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star since December 1990.