The Issaquah Press named best in the Northwest
May 25, 2010
The Issaquah Press has been named the No. 1 nondaily newspaper in the Northwest.
The regional Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced the general excellence award May 23. The Press competed against publications in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
The competition in the general excellence category included a sister publication, Sammamish Review. The paper earned third place in the category. Puget Sound Business Journal came in second.
“Our entire staff at both our newspapers are over-the-moon excited about this recognition!” Publisher Debbie Berto said. “It takes a commitment to excellent journalism and to our communities to continue to publish award-winning newspapers in a tough economy, but editors Kathleen Merrill and Ari Cetron and their reporters have been diligent about not letting down our readers.”
Issaquah Press staffers also earned individual awards at the Meydenbauer Center ceremony.
Reporter David Hayes took 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 three-man team behind Sammamish 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 third-place 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.
Cetron earned first place for Editorial & Commentary, based on a submission of three editorials.
Laura Geggel — a reporter for SnoValley Star, another sister publication — garnered a second-place award for education reporting. Her 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. Entries from 2009 were judged.