Robbins, Yaeger Earn Top Journalism Honors


Voice staff writers Lynn Yaeger and Tom Robbins have recently been recognized with major journalism awards.

Yaeger won first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ humor category for papers with a circulation over 100,000, beating out big-city daily columnists from all over the country. Read a few of her winning columns and try not to laugh: Water Torture, Shopping for a bathing suit is hell; Purse Snatching, What’s a girl got to do to get a fake Louis Vuitton around here?; Off the Road, Hey, Jack Kerouac, I know you dressed like a bum, but a shop in Soho is selling your boots for $475.

Meanwhile, metro columnist Tom Robbins was recognized for reporting that only upended the murder trial of a former FBI agent accused of getting too close to the mobsters he handled.

Robbins snagged the New York Press Club’s “Continuing Coverage: Newspaper” award for “Tall Tales of a Mafia Mistress,” his October 2007 story about a key prosecution witness in the murder trial of ex-FBI agent Lin DeVecchio. In winning that category, Robbins beat the New York dailies at their own game.

A Voice press release, touting Robbins’ award, described it thusly:

It was a column that exploded like bomb in the murder trial of former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio: Robbins showed that Linda Schiro, a key prosecution witness against DeVecchio, had told Robbins ten years earlier in taped conversations that DeVecchio wasn’t responsible for the crimes Schiro was now accusing him of on the witness stand. The credibility of its main witness ruined, the prosecution had to give up its case, derailing one of the city’s most important trials of the year. Robbins, who said his decision to reveal the existence of the tapes was one of the toughest he’s ever had to make as a journalist, said he couldn’t stand by and watch a man be convicted of murder on tainted testimony.

Robbins described the story behind the tapes (listen to them here) in a follow-up “Tale of the Tape.”