The Dallas Morning News Names Christopher Scott and Michael Morton as Texans of the Year

 The Dallas Morning News Names Christopher Scott and Michael Morton as Texans
                                 of the Year

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DALLAS, Dec. 29, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Dallas Morning News has named
Michael Morton and Christopher Scott as the Dallas Morning News 2012 Texans of
the Year, culminating an editorial series that began on December 18. These
falsely accused Texans, who served a combined 37 years in prison for murders
they did not commit, are now using their freedom and fame to fix the flawed
justice system and to help end the state's record of wrongful convictions.

As noted in an editorial in Sunday's newspaper, "Rare is the man who emerges
from [wrongful imprisonment] without bitterness and a hunger for revenge
against those who wronged him. Then there are the temptations that come with
huge compensation checks from the state. … The opportunities for bad choices
are too many to count. Some resist all that and choose a higher path."

The full text of the editorial appears in Sunday's paper and is posted at Readers can share their thoughts by commenting on the
editorial and watch a video on why the newspaper picked Morton and Scott as
their Texans of the Year.

Sunday's editorial culminated a 10-part series that named the following
finalists: Nicole Small, the driving force behind Dallas' new Perot Museum of
Nature and Science; San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, rising political star who
led the campaign for a citywide tax for pre-K education; the 2011-2012 Baylor
Lady Bears basketball team, for its undefeated and record-setting season;
Houston public charter school YES Prep, honored with the inaugural Broad
Foundation prize for charter schools; Brett Giroir, visionary at Texas A&M who
was key to landing a new federal bio-threat center; Ted Cruz, the rising
political force and U.S. senator-elect; Cecile Richards, women's health
champion and chief executive of Planned Parenthood; Jason Roberts of Dallas,
founder of the "Better Block" demonstration project who is galvanizing
communities nationally to revive their neighborhoods; and Lance Armstrong,
disgraced cycling champion and cancer-fighting icon.

Now in its tenth year, the Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year series draws
from reader nominations to the newspaper's Editorial Board. Criteria call for
"a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact – positive or negative – over
the past year." The Editorial Board selected the finalists and winners through
an internal vote.

"The editorial board received hundreds of thought-provoking nominations this
year, and it was a challenge to select only 10," said Keven Ann Willey, vice
president and editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News. "I'm delighted
to announce this year's compelling and varied finalists, as I'm certain our
readers will agree with the merit of each."

Recent Dallas Morning News  Texans of the Year include:

  o2011: Admiral Bill McRaven (for his service as commander of the special
    operations raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden)
  o2010: Texas governor Rick Perry (for his peerless political instincts that
    led to an unprecedented third term as Texas governor and catapulted him
    onto the national stage)
  o2009: The Heroes of Fort Hood (recognizing those caught up in the terror
    of a mass shooting, extended to include all Fort Hood-based military
    people and their families)
  o2008: Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins (for his dedication to
    reversing cases of injustice)

For more information or to schedule an interview with Keven Ann Willey or
editorial writer and project editor Rodger Jones, please contact Stephanie
Hoefken at 214-891-7693 or

About The Dallas Morning News
Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News ( is Texas'
leading newspaper and the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo
Corporation. It  has received nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as
numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative
and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its portfolio of print and
digital products reaches an average daily audience of more than 1.1 million
people and includes online news and information sites; iPhone, Android and
iPad apps; Al Día (, the leading Spanish-language daily in
North Texas; neighborsgo (, a consumer-generated community
news outlet; and Briefing, the free, home-delivered quick-read. To
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