At Saturday evening's annual banquet for the Society of Professional Journalists (Oklahoma chapter), OCPA research fellow Patrick B. McGuigan received a first-place award for his essay, "Immigration policy in Oklahoma: the tension between liberty and law," which appeared in The City Sentinel. The essay first appeared in the March 2008 issue of Perspective.
"McGuigan's column is thoughtful and temperate, informed by significant research," the judges commented. "It sits well, too, because he incorporates the human element, too often neglected in policy-related columns. A job well done."