Jack Lessenberry, whose "Politics & Prejudices" column appears weekly in Metro Times, was named Journalist of the Year for 2001.
Staff writer Lisa M. Collins was named SPJ's Young Journalist of the Year.
Staff writer Ann Mullen also garnered three awards, two for feature writing and one for general reporting.
The citations were announced last week at the SPJ's annual banquet.
Meanwhile, in a separate competition, Metro Times arts editor George Tysh was named runner-up in the arts feature writing category by the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies. Winners in that competition, which is national in scope, were announced at AAN's recent annual convention.