The Issaquah Press honored for community service

October 5, 2010

By Staff

The Issaquah Press has received statewide recognition for its community service efforts to raise awareness about the Tent City 4 homeless encampment in Issaquah.

The newspaper 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 in 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 Press, alongside sister publications Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star, received 29 journalism and service awards Oct. 1 at the association’s annual conference in Wenatchee. The awards reflect a broad range of coverage by the publications.

Reporter Warren Kagarise and former reporter Chantelle Lusebrink also placed second in the Comprehensive Coverage category for spending a night at Tent City 4 and documenting the experience in the paper and online. Editorials outlining ways for people to donate to the encampment complemented the coverage.

Kagarise also clinched first place in the Investigative Reporting category for a series about the 1968 disappearance on Tiger Mountain of 8-year-old David Adams.

“Well researched and very well written,” the judges remarked. “A good job of weaving archival and fresh material into a single fascinating story.”

Kagarise also earned first place in the Best Topical Columns category for a collection of restaurant reviews.

Reporter David Hayes placed first in the Best Health or Medical Story category for a piece about ovarian cancer. Lusebrink won first-place for Best Education Story for an article about school technology.

Kagarise and Lusebrink shared a second place award for Best Government Reporting. Kagarise earned second place awards for Best Personality Profile and Best News Story.

Former photography intern Adam Eschbach earned third place in the Best Color Feature Photo category.

The annual Parents Guide, dedicated to health and social resources in the area, earned first place in a category for special sections.

The newspaper association also honored the Review as the No. 3 newspaper among the largest-circulation community newspapers in Washington. SnoValley Star received awards for education and news coverage.

J.B. Wogan, a former Review reporter, earned the News Writer of the Year title, a top honor among more than 75 other publications. Wogan often contributed to The Press. Kagarise was a finalist for the award.

The honors marked another milestone for The Press. In May, the regional Society of Professional Journalists named the publication the best nondaily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest and the Review as the No. 3 paper.

What to know

The Issaquah Press earned several honors from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association last week.




  • Adam Eschbach, Best Color Feature Photo

News Writer of the Year

  • J.B. Wogan, winner
  • Warren Kagarise, finalist
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