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2013 C.B. BLETHEN MEMORIAL AND DEBBY LOWMAN AWARDS PRESENTED - Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association: News

2013 C.B. BLETHEN MEMORIAL AND DEBBY LOWMAN AWARDS PRESENTED

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:36 pm

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
Above 50,000

1st Place
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
"Locked Out"
By Brad Schmidt  
2nd Place
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
"Invisible Nations, Enduring Ills"
By Bill Graves  

Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
Below 50,000

1st Place
Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska
"The things that happen: Two boys and cancer"
By Julia O'Malley  
2nd Place
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, Montana
"The Immigrants Among Us"
By Whitney Bermes, Laura Lundquist, Gail Schontzler and Jodi Hausen

Deadline Reporting
Above 50,000

1st Place
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
"Skagit River Bridge Collapse"
By The Seattle Times staff  
2nd Place
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
"Cafe Racer"
By Seattle Times staff  

Deadline Reporting
Below 50,000

1st Place
The Columbian, Vancouver, Washington
"County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental job"
By Erik Hidle &  Stephanie Rice and Stevie Mathieu
2nd Place
Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho
"Faces from the fire"
By Zach Kyle  

Enterprise Reporting
Above 50,000

1st Place
The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington
"The New American Dream"
By Becky Kramer and Kathy Plonka 
2nd Place
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
"Suicide Bridge"
By David Stabler and Beth Nakamura 

Enterprise Reporting
Below 50,000

1st Place
The Columbian, Vancouver, Washington
"CRC Fallout, Competing Political Wills Block the Way" and series
By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip 
2nd Place
The Daily News, Longview, Washington
"Death of an Informant"
By Tony Lystra  

Feature Writing
Above 50,000

1st Place
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
"Two Oregon teenagers, a basketball and the moment the game became secondary"
By Anna Griffin and  Rob Finch 
2nd Place
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
"Missing"
By Maureen O'Hagan  

Feature Writing
Below 50,000

1st Place
The Daily Herald, Everett, Washington
"A fragile balance"
By Eric Stevick  
2nd Place
The Daily Herald, Everett, Washington
"After cancer, a 'canvas' for art"
By Gale Fiege  

Investigative Reporting
Above 50,000

1st Place
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
"Oregon PERS"
By Ted Sickinger  
2nd Place
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
"Glamour Beasts: The dark side of elephant captivity"
By Michael J Berens  

Investigative Reporting
Below 50,000

1st Place
The Daily Herald, Everett, Washington
"The collapse of Aaron Reardon"
By Noah Haglund and Scott North
2nd Place
Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho
"Blackfoot School District payout scandal"
By Nate Sunderland  

Debby Lowman Award

1st Place
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
"Why you might pay twice for one visit to doctor"
By Carol M Ostrom
2nd Place
The Columbian, Vancouver, Washington
"Operation protect your skin" and series
By Marissa Harshman   
 

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.