Lodi News-Sentinel administration manager Theresa Larson received word Friday that her six-part series telling her personal story of surviving cancer has received a national journalism award.
The National Newspaper Association gave the entry a third place among feature stories and series. "My Fight for Life" ran in July and was also commended this weekend by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
"We hired Theresa in 1997 to manage our collections and human resources department, but even in the interview it was clear she was a gifted writer," said publisher Marty Weybret. "When editor Rich Hanner offered her a column, she galloped out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred."
Her fight with cancer caused Larson to reconsider her column.
"Since completing her treatment, Theresa has taken on extra management and accounting duties and expanded her area of expertise into newspaper production," said Weybret. "She came to us as a medical office manager, but she's a real newspaper woman now."
First published: Monday, July 17, 2006