Dallas Morning News Watchdog Dave Lieber Wins National Columnist Award

Dave Lieber, The Dallas Morning News' watchdog columnist, has won a national award for his writing.Lieber, who focuses on consumer rights, was named the first-place winner for general interest columns in large publications by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which announced its annual contest winners Monday."Quite a few hucksters and wayward bureaucrats have felt the sharp bite of our Watchdog, deservedly so," said Mike Wilson, editor of The News. "We're pleased that this national organization recognized the important service Dave provides to our readers."Lieber was awarded the honor for two columns he wrote in 2018: one about a single mother who fought for restitution from a used car dealer in northwest Dallas and another about Marie Tippit, whose husband, Dallas police Officer J.D. Tippit, was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald minutes before his capture in 1963. Tippit said her last wish was to be buried next to her husband but that she'd been told it wasn't possible. After Lieber contacted the cemetery's owner on her behalf, the company let Tippit know that her final resting place could be beside her husband's. "J.D. was the love of my life," she said. "I'm overjoyed.""Through a lively combination of consumer advocacy and investigative reporting, Lieber's columns were models of suspenseful storytelling and public service," the organization said in its announcement.Among more than 100 columns published in 2018, Lieber delved into the workings of Grand Prairie ISD, "the wackiest school district in North Texas"; informed readers about a change in the tax law that affected charitable deductions; and warned homeowners about a garage door company whose "shady practices" he has tracked for more than a decade.Lieber previously won the columnist group's Legacy Award in 2017. The organization, which was founded in 1977, supports columnists and free-speech issues.  Continue reading...

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