Sun reporter Hopkins wins three awards

May 04, 2006

Sun business reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins has been honored with three of the top individual awards in the National Association of Real Estate Editors' annual contest for her coverage of the regional housing market throughout 2005.

Hopkins was honored for the best overall individual entry and for the best serial in any medium - the latter for her four-part series in March 2005 showing where the Baltimore area's housing boom had taken hold and why. She also received an award as the top journalist under the age of 30.

The awards were announced at the group's annual conference in Charlotte, N.C.

Awards judges lauded Hopkins for her mastery of computer-assisted data analysis and old-fashioned interviewing, saying she "provided riveting examples of flight from Washington to Baltimore in search of cheap housing."

Hopkins, 28, writes for The Sun on a array of topics that contribute to the larger regional economy, including employment and housing trends. She is a Columbia native and valedictorian of the class of 1998 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and came to The Sun in November 1999. Hopkins' real estate coverage has received numerous regional and state awards in the past year.

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