The Issaquah Press honored as best nondaily newspaper
May 23, 2010
NEW — 8 a.m. May 23, 2010
The Issaquah Press has been named the No. 1 nondaily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest.
The regional Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced the general excellence award Saturday night. The Press competed against publications in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Staffers also earned individual awards at the Meydenbauer Center ceremony.
Reporter David Hayes garnered second place in the arts reporting and criticism category for a piece about Jeffrey McCormack, a might-have-been member of Alice in Chains.
Reporter Warren Kagarise earned a third-place award for government reporting — for a look at how local candidates harnessed social media tools in the 2009 election season — and a second-place honor for a column about the political campaigns he covered last year.
Photographer Greg Farrar picked up a second-place award for sports photography for a shot of a relay race baton hand-off.
The competition in the general excellence category included a sister publication, the Sammamish Review. The paper earned third place in the category. Puget Sound Business Journal earned second place.
The three-man team behind the Review claimed individual first-place trophies, too.
Reporter J.B. Wogan earned first place for spot news reporting for coverage of Sammamish city employees pulling coyote pups from a sewer drain. Wogan also won a third-place award for social issues reporting for a three-part series about affordable housing.
Reporter Chris Huber picked up a first-place award for environment and science reporting for a piece about the plight of amphibians and potential impacts to the ecosystem.
Editor Ari Cetron earned first place for editorial writing. The entry included three editorials.
Laura Geggel, a reporter for the SnoValley Star, another sister publication, picked up a second-place award for education reporting. The winning piece detailed how Snoqualmie Valley students use boomerangs to learn math and science.
Journalists from states outside the Pacific Northwest judged more than 2,500 entries from broadcast, print and online journalism outlets. Contestants submitted entries from 2009.