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Gary NelsonThe team at HMA has been all smiles since learning that the Valley of the Sun Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced its First Amendment Award winners in recent days, recognizing outstanding work done by members of the state’s media that substantially made use of public records in 2013.

Being in business for almost 35 years, we’ve been lucky enough to work with many of them.

Here is a quick view of this year’s honorees:

Also being honored this year are media professionals who have had long and distinguished careers in Arizona, including Gary Nelson, formerly of The Arizona Republic, who will receive the chapter’s highest honor, the Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism.

And, joining this group being honored on Saturday, September 20 at the award luncheon will be new inductees to the Order of the Silver Key Society, which honors journalists who have been in the profession for at least 25 years, a significant majority of which were in Arizona, who have conspicuously contributed to the journalism profession and have inspired fellow journalists.

They are:

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  1. Well-deserved honors for these career journalists.

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