Qué Pasa of Charlotte won the National Association of Hispanic Publications' gold medal for general excellence among national Spanish-language newspapers.
The 2008 José Martí Award was presented at the NAHP's 24th annual convention in McAllen, Texas.
Orlando Gamboa, managing editor of the Charlotte paper, won for outstanding editorial column for his writing on Mexican border communities.
Qué Pasa in Winston-Salem also won for best series of articles about the controversial 287(g) deportation program in Wake County.
“This is a strong indicator that the Hispanic media in North Carolina has matured and is providing a relevant and credible communications medium for North Carolina's Hispanic consumers that is at par with those present in states such as California, Texas and Florida,” said José A. Isasí, chief executive of Latino Communications, which publishes Qué Pasa Newspaper.
Another local Spanish-language newspaper also brought back some prizes.
Mi Gente won a gold award for outstanding special section on election coverage.
It also won a silver award for a story on drunk-driving deaths involving Hispanic victims, written by reporter Patricia Ortiz.