More Plaudits for Kristen Hinman and "The Pope of Pork"

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."