Bianca Montes, JOUR 2013, recently won the Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award for a body of work relating to law enforcement officers’ unlawful actions and police department hiring practices.
The award, sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press
Association, recognizes journalists and/or newspapers for outstanding efforts that uphold First
Amendment principles, increase public access to government and improve awareness of state
open government statutes.
Montes joined Amarillo Globe-News as its City Hall reporter in May having previously worked
as local government reporter at Victoria Advocate and as a freelance photographer at Dallas
Earlier this year, Montes was awarded first prize for feature writing by the Texas Press Association and team reporting by Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
written by Neetish Basnet (JOUR 3345)