The Issaquah Press is the best in the Northwest
May 21, 2011
NEW — 10:15 p.m. May 21, 2011
The Issaquah Press is the best nondaily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest — again.
The regional Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced the paper’s general excellence award at a Safeco Field ceremony Saturday night. The newspaper competed against publications in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
The 111-year-old publication earned the top award in the general excellence category last year, too.
The annual contest honored more than 200 journalists Saturday for accomplishments in print, online, radio and television media.
The Press and sister publications Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star claimed awards in numerous other categories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual contest, including a sweep in the environmental reporting category.
Reporter Laura Geggel clinched the top spot in the category for a report about windy weather in the Snoqualmie Valley. Review Editor Ari Cetron came in second for a glimpse at a local man’s invention assisting cleanup crews during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Reporter Warren Kagarise earned third place for a look at how Issaquah restaurants prepared to address a landmark polystyrene ban.
Geggel also earned second place in the education reporting category for a piece about auto crash safety at Mount Si High School.
Reporter David Hayes clinched second place in the health reporting category for coverage of a pioneering heart procedure at Swedish Medical Center.
Kagarise earned second place in the government and politics reporting category for a piece about election battlegrounds on the Eastside.
Kagarise also earned third place in the spot news reporting category for coverage of the Lake Sammamish State Park shootings last July.
Star Editor Dan Catchpole took third place in the government and politics reporting category for a piece about King County Sheriff’s Office deputy salaries, a subject of intense focus amid cuts last fall.
Cetron earned third place in the editorial and commentary category for urging a state senator with poor attendance to show up more often for votes.