The Issaquah Press receives more than 25 journalism, service honors
October 2, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010
The Issaquah Press has received statewide recognition for community service efforts to raise awareness about the Tent City 4 homeless encampment.
The paper documented the camp from the relocation announcement in November 2009 to the day residents settled at Community Church of Issaquah in January until Tent City 4 departed for Kirkland in late April.
The effort earned the 110-year-old publication the top community service award in the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The award haul reflected a broad range of coverage by the publications.
Reporter Warren Kagarise and former reporter Chantelle Lusebrink also placed second in the category for Comprehensive Coverage of a Single Issue for Tent City 4 coverage. On a cold January night, they spent the night at Tent City 4. Editorials outlining ways for people to donate to the encampment complemented the coverage.
Kagarise clinched first place in the Investigative Reporting category for a three-part series about the 1968 disappearance of 8-year-old David Adams from Tiger Mountain.
Reporter David Hayes placed first in the Best Health or Medical Story category.
Lusebrink garnered a first-place award for Best Education Story.
Kagarise picked up first place in the Best Topical Columns category for a collection of restaurant reviews.
Former photography intern Adam Eschbach earned third place in the Color Feature Photo category.
Parent Guide, a fall section dedicated to parents, children and teenagers, earned first place in the Special Sections – Lifestyle/Culture category.
The publisher association also honored the Review as the No. 3 paper among the 23 largest-circulation community newspapers in Washington.
Christopher Huber, a Review reporter, picked up first place in the Best Environmental Story category. Huber clinched first and third place for Best Video Story. Huber also earned third place for Best Business Story.
J.B. Wogan, a former Review reporter, earned the News Writer of the Year title, a top honor for a community newspaper reporter in Washington. Wogan beat reporters from more than 75 other publications for the honor. (Kagarise was also a finalist in the category.)
Wogan also placed third for Best Government Reporting.
Editor Ari Cetron nabbed first place in the Best Editorial category.
The Press and Review compete in the same category.
Star staffers also earned awards. Former reporter Laura Geggel, the current education reporter for The Press, pulled in second- and third-place awards for Best Education Story. Geggel also won second place for Best General Feature Story, Short.
The paper competed against 26 other community papers of similar size.
Reporter Sebastian Moraga, the latest addition to the Star staff and a former Cashmere Valley Record reporter, earned the Feature Writer of the Year title for work at the Central Washington paper.
Moraga earned first place in the Personality Profile, Short category for a piece in the Cashmere paper. He also placed second for Best Black and White Portrait category and Color General News photo for Cashmere shots.
The ceremony marked another milestone for The Press. In May, the regional Society of Professional Journalists named the publication as the best nondaily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest. In the same category, the Review placed third.