The Issaquah Press is best in state; Warren Kagarise is top reporter

October 8, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 12:05 a.m. Oct. 8, 2011

The Issaquah Press earned top honors as the best community newspaper in Washington, plus more than 30 other awards for reporting, photography, social media, design and advertising at a statewide journalism conference Friday.

Overall, the newspaper and staff members received 33 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Judges named reporter Warren Kagarise as News Writer of the Year, a top honor for a community newspaper reporter in Washington.

The association honored The Press in the General Excellence category for the largest-circulation community newspapers in the Evergreen State. Sammamish Review, a sister publication, clinched the No. 3 spot in the category.

The award in the General Excellence category followed a similar honor from the regional Society of Professional Journalists chapter. In May, judges selected The Press as the best nondaily newspaper in the Northwest for a second consecutive year.

SnoValley Star, another sister publication, also earned awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention in Everett.

Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest 

General Excellence

First Place

  • The Issaquah Press

Third Place

  • Sammamish Review

News Writer of the Year

  • Warren Kagarise

News

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Photography

First Place

  • Color Feature Photo — Greg Farrar
  • Color Photo Essay — Greg Farrar

Second Place

  • Color Photo Essay — Greg Farrar

Third Place

  • Color Portrait (Human or Animal) — Greg Farrar

Design

First Place

  • Best Feature Page Design — David Hayes
  • Best Sports Page Design — David Hayes

Second Place

  • Best Sports Page Design — David Hayes

Third Place

  • Best Feature Page Design — David Hayes

Online

Second Place

Third Place

Advertising

First Place

  • Best Branding Ad — Single Ad for Single Advertiser — Dona Mokin
  • Most Effective Use of Small Space (Black & White Only) — Dona Mokin
  • Youth-Oriented Content — Breann Getty

Second Place

  • Humor in Advertising — Dona Mokin
  • Multiple-Advertiser Ad, One to Two Full Pages — Breann Getty

Third Place

  • Best Special Promotion Single Ad for Single Advertiser, Half Page or Smaller — Dona Mokin
  • Best Special Section Cover — Dona Mokin
  • Humor in Advertising — Breann Getty
  • Use of Process Color, Smaller Than Half-Page — Dona Mokin
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6 Responses to “The Issaquah Press is best in state; Warren Kagarise is top reporter”

  1. Debbie Berto on October 8th, 2011 2:05 pm

    It is a privilege to work alongside such an amazing professional, dedicated staff. I hope readers and advertisers recognize how lucky they are to have the best community newspaper in the state right here in one of the best communities in the nation!

  2. Stacy Goodman on October 8th, 2011 7:34 pm

    Congratulations to Greg, David, Dona, Warren and all of my former co-workers/friends at The Press! The awards are much deserved! Keep up the great work! Issaquah is very fortunate to have a community newspaper – let alone an award-winning one.

  3. Mark morin on October 10th, 2011 11:06 pm

    Well Deserved!!…keeping us all informed in Issaquah…

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