The Issaquah Press is best in Northwest

May 24, 2011

By Staff

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 May 21. The newspaper competed against similar publications in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The 111-year-old publication earned the top award for general excellence last year, too.

“To win this award two years in a row is a real high for The Press,” Publisher Debbie Berto said. “Is it possible for a publisher to be more proud? Our newspaper team, from reporters to advertising reps, is all very dedicated, and they deserve to be recognized as the very best that they are. The community should be proud to have their hometown newspaper be No. 1.”

The annual contest honored more than 200 journalists for accomplishments in print, online, radio and television media. Judges from outside of the region evaluated more than 2,500 entries.

Staffers at The Press, and sister publications Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star, also claimed individual awards in numerous other categories, including a sweep in the Environment and Science 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 earned second place for a glimpse at how a local man’s invention assisted cleanup crews during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Reporter Warren Kagarise came in third 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 nabbed 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 legislative election battlegrounds.

Kagarise also earned third place for Spot News Reporting for Lake Sammamish State Park shootings coverage.

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 year.

Cetron earned third place in the Editorial and Commentary category for urging a poor-attendance-plagued state senator to show up more often for votes.

What to know

The Issaquah Press earned several honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest last week. Read the award-winning pieces:

First place

Second place

Third place

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