Forgive me if Gut Check sounds like a broken record, but my colleague Kristen Hinman continues to pick up award nominations for her grand-slam feature story, "The Pope of Pork."
Hinman's profile of hog farmer Russ Kremer is one of three finalists in the "Food Writing" category of the 2009 AltWeekly Awards
, sponsored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
. Her competition includes Rachel Hutton of City Pages
(Minneapolis-St. Paul) and Pulitzer-winner Jonathan Gold of L.A. Weekly
, both sister papers of the RFT
. The winners will be announced on June 26.
Earlier this month, Hinman took home a James Beard Award
-- her second -- in the category "Newspaper Feature without Recipes" for "The Pope of Pork."