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Patrick Hruby

Hooray for Me

The Virginia Press Association honors some of my work

Truth be told, I wish the journalism business handed out fewer awards and more cash. Still, you take what you can get. Turns out my Washington Times work from 2012 won a pair of honors from the Virginia Press Association over the weekend: first place for feature writing portfolio, and third place for health, science and environmental writing (as I always tell my Georgetown students: a good journalist is an even better fake expert).

Anyway, huzzah for me and for all of the other worthy winners. Except the ones who beat me out in various categories; I hope to someday teach them the Conan (barbarian, not late night talker) definition of what is best in life. Just kidding.

If you'd like to read the pieces that were honored, here's the full list:

Feature Writing Portfolio

"Full Speed Ahead"
It's not just coffee anymore. From drinks to inhalers, the race is on to feed America's caffeine addiction

"Do It Yourself Drones"
Out of 'hobby' class, pilotless aircraft lifting off for personal, commercial use

"Even Hollywood Can't Make This Up"
'Argo' recounts the incredible CIA rescue of six Americans in Iran

Health, Science and Environmental Writing

"Chilling in Congress"
Ohio Democrat uses mindfulness stress-reduction techniques to get through day

"Baseball's Senior Phenom"
Nationals manager Johnson, 69, at top of his game

"Where No Website Has Gone Before"
Engineer boldly goes into a project to develop a real-life USS Enterprise