Caller-Times columnist Sikes hauls in accolades


David Sikes, the Caller-Times’ Outdoors columnist, won five awards at this year’s Texas Outdoor Writers Association Awards.

Sikes was honored during the annual conference held in Galveston from Feb. 14-16 for his work that appeared in the Caller-Times, including photography and feature stories.

(Photo: Caller-Times Outdoors columnist David Sikes (left) received five awards, including three first-place honors, at this year’s Texas Outdoor Writers Association awards. Also pictured are Ted Venker (center) of Tide Magazine and Kendal Hemphill, the TOWA’s awards chairman.)

Awards are given to members of the association who exhibit outstanding journalistic efforts and cash awards are given to the top two entries in most categories.

Sikes won first place in three categories: Outdoor Photography, Outdoor News Reporting and Outdoor Fiction/Humor.

“Sikes’ story brought back memories, good ones, of a more simple time,” judges said of his winning fiction/humor piece.

The award-winning column, “Griffith was a great piece of Americana,” recounts a humorous childhood test for outing Communist spies.

Sikes earned a journalism degree from the University of Houston and wrote for several small Texas newspapers before settling in Corpus Christi.

“I have newspaper ink in my veins thanks to my great-grandfather, who founded the Teche News in 1886,” Sikes said.

Sikes has been on the Caller-Times staff since 1997 and became the Outdoors columnist a year later. He is in his second term as president of TOWA.