The Daily Pilot won two awards for investigative reporting over the weekend in the Best Newspaper Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.
Pilot Staff Writer Mike Reicher won first and second place, respectively, in the investigative and enterprise reporting category for his work covering questions about an Assembly candidate's address and on cell phone towers popping up along the coastline.
The Oct. 10, 2010 piece, "Nguyen's address in doubt," focused on Phu Nguyen, a candidate for the Legislature who apparently began his campaign living outside of the district he intended to represent. Nguyen lost the campaign for state Assembly to former Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor.
The July, 25, 2010, cell towers story, "Cell towers get poor reception," focused on the proliferation and litigation surrounding small cell transmitters in Crystal Cove State Park and other Orange County areas.
Reicher serves as the Pilot's projects reporter and covers Newport Beach.