Issaquah Press earns regional journalism excellence awards

June 2, 2009

By Staff

The Issaquah Press won an award for General Excellence in the 2008 Western Washington Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists on May 30.The paper was named third best among all nondaily newspapers. The Peninsula Gateway and Puget Sound Business Journal came in first and second, respectively.

Press photographer Greg Farrar won first place for best photo essay for a feature called “Beatin’ the heat.”

Chantelle Lusebrink won third place in education reporting for “Time in a bottle,” a story about a family in Florida who found a message in a bottle sent by Sunset Elementary School students.

Christopher Huber and J.B. Wogan, reporters for Sammamish Review, a sister publication of Issaquah Press Inc., also won awards.

Huber won third place in the photography portfolio category for a selection of his best photographs.

Wogan won third place in the sports reporting category for his story, “The recruit,” about then-high school freshman Kasen Williams receiving national attention for his football skills.

Laura Geggel, of SnoValley Star, another IPI publication, won third place for consumer/environmental affairs reporting for “Taking out the trash,” a story about a North Bend nonprofit group and its work to clean up local trails.

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