John Swenson has been awarded first place in the Entertainment category by the Press Club of New Orleans for the article "Every Accordionist A King" published in OffBeat magazine in 2007.
The Press Club of New Orleans celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner at Harrah's Hotel. At the event, hosted by NBC News anchor Hoda Kotb, Greg Shepperd of WDSU-TV was introduced as president of the Press Club for 2008-09. Terry Westerfield of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area served as awards chairwoman.
Three Louisiana college students received journalism scholarships at the ceremony: Lauren LaBorde and Briana Prevost of Loyola University and Kevin Sims, a student at Louisiana Tech University
Swenson also received an award for third place in the Critical Review category for "Songs of Innocence and Experience"; and an honorable mention in the Feature category for the article "The Blue Room Blues."
Here are links to the stories:
Every Accordionist A King
Songs of Innocence and Experience
Blue Room Blues