NEW ORLEANS -- Greg Thomas, real estate writer for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, receives the National Assn. of Real Estate Editors' President's Citation from NAREE president Al Heavens (The Philadelphia Inquirer) at the group's annual summit in New Orleans. Thomas was also the winner of the fifth Annual NAREE Bivins Fellowship. (Thomas is shown at right in photo.)
Thomas will use the $5,000 Fellowship to study the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the real estate market.
The NAREE Bivins Fellowship entries are judged by George Harmon, head of the Business Writing Program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
"This writer is in the midst of covering the biggest housing story ever to hit this country," Harmon said. "To decipher the destroyed market for single-family homes in New Orleans, he will work for a week alongside a real estate consultant and then visit manufacturers. The objective is to inform consumers about new codes and about prices in areas where rebuilding is partial."
Thomas, a past president of NAREE, created the clearest and most detailed Fellowship proposal among several outstanding entries, Harmon said. The award is named for NAREE past president Ralph Bivins to honor his decades of leadership to the NAREE group (shown with Thomas in photo at right; Columnist Ken Harney is seated). Bivins, an award-winning, Houston-based journalist, is editor of The Realty News Report and a NAREE honorary life member.
Greg Thomas is the hope that is the City of New Orleans.
... and the heart that is NAREE.
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