Since 1950, the Green Eyeshade Awards have recognized the very best journalism in the Southeastern United States. Two veterans returned from World War II, Ed Lee and Ted Pearson, proved to be two of the Mobile Press Register's most celebrated reporters who won the awards.
Both men came from the small community of Crichton, then on the western outskirts of Mobile at the bottom of Spring Hill. Lee was two years older than Pearson, having been born in 1924.
Both attended Murphy High School and both joined the Press Register as office clerks after graduation. With the onset of World War II, Lee entered the U.S. Army in December 1942 and Pearson joined the U.S. Navy in May 1944. After the war, both men rejoined the staff of the newspaper.
In November and December 1958, Lee and Pearson collaborated on a series of 40 stories that pointed out mismanagement and political influence in the operation of the Alabama State Docks during the latter part of the administration of Governor James E. Folsom.
The articles won for the two men the Green Eyeshade Award of the Atlanta Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi in 1959.