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‘Genny’s World’ honored in national contest

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Genevieve Lucchesi died on a cold February morning this year in a parking lot in midtown Sacramento. She was 77 and had been living homeless for more than 20 years. Who was Genny? And how is it an elderly woman came to live and die on the streets?
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Genevieve Lucchesi died on a cold February morning this year in a parking lot in midtown Sacramento. She was 77 and had been living homeless for more than 20 years. Who was Genny? And how is it an elderly woman came to live and die on the streets?

A Sacramento Bee story about the life and death of a mentally ill woman who lived on the streets of Sacramento’s midtown grid for 20 years has been honored in the 2016 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest.

Genny’s World,” by Bee reporter Cynthia Hubert, told the story of Genevieve Lucchesi, who died in her sleeping bag in a midtown parking lot in February 2015, at the age of 77. It will be one of six stories included in a print and e-book anthology, published by the University of North Texas Press, featuring the nation’s best long-form newspaper writing of 2015.

Washington Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen took the top prize for “An American Void,” which focuses on friends of the man charged with murdering nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina last year.

Stories by the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe finished second and third. “Genny’s World,” published in October 2015, was one of three runners-up.

The contest, co-sponsored by the University of North Texas and Dallas Morning News, was started in 2013 to encourage narrative nonfiction storytelling in U.S. newspapers.

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