County, TAC Staff Receive National Awards of Excellence

The National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) honored County and TAC staff with seven awards during its annual Awards of Excellence reception on July 21 in Fort Worth.
The Awards of Excellence program recognizes outstanding communications work from throughout the country. The competition judges entries in nine categories of communications, including annual reports, brochures, internal and external publications, writing, graphic design, audiovisual productions, computer media, special projects and photography. The top entry in each category is deemed the “Best in Class,” with other outstanding entries honored with Superior, Excellence and Meritorious designations.

Best of Class Award:


County Editor Maria Sprow earned the Best in Class award for News Writing for the magazine’s in-depth coverage of TAC’s 2012 Pre-Legislative Conference in its Sept/Oct 2012 edition. The coverage included articles previewing the 2013 Legislature, public integrity, heavy truck road damage, public pensions, jail management, water planning, health care reform, the state budget, records preservation, mental health, juvenile justice and indigent defense. 

Superior Award:

TAC Graphic Designer David Garcia for his work designing the 2012 Pre-Legislative Conference campaign materials.

​​Excellence Award:

County Contributing Writer Liz Carmack for feature writing for her “Lighting History” Historical Highlights column in the Nov/Dec 2012 of County (pages 24-26).

County Editor Maria Sprow for feature writing for her “Moore Art, Moore History” article in the July/August County (pages 48-52).

Meritorious Award:

County Editor Maria Sprow for her work writing the 2012 County Best Practices Awards video scripts.

County Editor Maria Sprow for Special Graphics for her work illustrating articles related to the 2012 County Management Institute (pages 30-42).

TAC Graphic Designer David Garcia for his work designing the 2011 Member Report.