"SF Weekly contributor and general hell-raiser Peter Byrne took first place
business reporting category (National Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award) for his story "The Great Bank Thievery," an
in-depth look at allegations that Bank of America cheated California
governments out of hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars. The
judges for the category -- who work at The New Republic, Forbes, The
NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, the Left Business Observer, and other
way-important news organizations -- said Byrne "tells the story well, and makes
what could be a lot of obscure financial arcana clear to the civilian reader."