Star-Bulletin reporterStar-Bulletin Staff
wins Headliner Award
Rob Perez, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin business reporter, has been named a first-place winner by the National Headliner Awards for his two-part series, "What Price Paradise?"
The special report, which ran Sept. 1 and 2, compared prices between major retail chains on the West Coast and Hawaii.
"Rob is a superior reporter who much deserved this award. His ground-breaking series challenged the basis of the "paradise tax' in a methodical, comprehensive and highly effective manner -- much to the benefit of our readers," said Dave Shapiro, Star-Bulletin managing editor.
Perez's entry won in the category of "News Beat Coverage, circulation up to 75,000."
He will pick up his National Headliner Silver Medallion at the 66th annual awards banquet May 6 at Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
"It's ironic that this ran two weeks before the planned shutdown" of the Star-Bulletin was announced by its owner, Perez said.
"It's gratifying to receive something like this even at a time when our owner says it's not worth it to keep the paper publishing," he said.