Vegas Seven Wins 21 State Awards

The annual Nevada Press Association Convention came to The D on Fremont Street on Sept. 21-22, and it proved to be a fruitful weekend for Vegas Seven. The magazine won 21 awards, bringing its total in less than three years of publication to 43 statewide awards (to go with 11 nominations for the prestigious regional Maggie Awards).

This year’s NPA haul included first prizes in the major writing categories for Stacy J. Willis (Best Feature) and Sean DeFrank (Best Sports Feature). Willis’ “The Vegas Wheel” (June 30, 2011, combined intensive reporting and lyrical writing in an exploration of developer Howard Bulloch’s SkyVue Ferris wheel, the small motel it replaced, and the soul of the city. DeFrank’s “Ali in Vegas” (Feb. 9, 2012, was a rollicking oral history of the long romance between The Greatest and the Fight Capital of the World. For good measure, Vegas Seven also took second prize in both categories—Bob Whitby’s “Treasure in the Dust” (Sept. 1, 2011,, a journey to the heart of the Nevada mining industry, for Best Feature, and Matt Jacob’s “Basketball Town, USA” (Nov. 3, 2011,, an in-depth report on the Valley’s explosion of top national prep talent, for Best Sports Feature.

Vegas Seven art director Christopher A. Jones took home top honors for Best Cover Design, and staff photographer Anthony Mair won firsts for both Best Photo Essay (“20 Under 20,” Nov. 17, 2011, and Best Portrait for his shot of King Ruck (“The Graffiti Artist,” Sept. 15, 2011,

The magazine also excelled in the general excellence categories, with a first place for Advertising General Excellence and a second for overall General Excellence. Our sister website,, also took second for General Excellence.

The recognition was gratifying—and also an inspiration to work even harder in the year ahead to provide the state’s best writing, photography and design.

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