2013 C.B. Blethen Memorial and Debby Lowman Awards presented
The 2013 C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting were presented today to writers from 12 daily newspapers in the region. The awards were established in 1977 in honor of C.B. Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times for 26 years from 1915 to 1941. Ryan Blethen, Director of New Product Strategies and Associate Publisher at The Seattle Times, presented this year’s awards at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) in Seattle, Washington. The first- and second-place winners in each category received plaques provided by The Seattle Times.
PNNA daily newspaper members in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia are eligible to enter the contest, which is administered completely independent from The Seattle Times by PNNA. Judges are top news executives from respected daily newspapers outside the PNNA area and are not affiliated with PNNA member groups.
The awards honor reporters from newspapers in two circulation divisions (over 50,000 circulation and under 50,000 circulation). There are five regular award categories: deadline reporting, feature writing, enterprise reporting, investigative reporting, and distinguished coverage of diversity issues.
In the competition for the special Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs, all entrants compete together, regardless of circulation. This award honors Debby Lowman, a Seattle Times consumer reporter who died of cancer in 1978.
Recipients of the 2013 Awards are listed below:
Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) is an association of daily newspapers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia advancing the newspaper industry through information, education and service. The PNNA Foundation sponsors contests for PNNA-member newspapers, provides institutional grants to college journalism programs and supports training events for newspaper professionals in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) corporation, is supported by an endowment created through donations from members. To learn more, contact our Executive Director Tom Newton at (888) 344-7662.