Division Newspaper Place Category Name of Entry Writer Judge Notes
A The Idaho Statesman 3rd Enterprise Reporting Suicidal teen steps back from the ledge Zach Kyle, Darin Oswald and David Staats
A The Oregonian 3rd Distinguished Coverage of Diversity Diversity Coverage Casey Parks Important to remind people of our history moving into this similar future world. Well done. Particularly enjoyed the videos interspersed.
A The Oregonian 1st Deadline Reporting MAX stabbings The Oregonian/OregonLive staff I’m just hugely impressed by the breadth of the coverage, the main bar, the side bars telling us about the suspect and the victims, the multimedia components (video), the massive number of still photos, the way everything was tied together. You did what every media organization should do when big news happens: get all-hands on deck. I liked that you did two things other entrants did not: Wrote me an explainer on how you pulled this together and included at least one page of the printed product. I would have liked to have seen all the pages. I think it’s important to see how newspapers produce their coverage online and pivot to producing the paper. Publishing rich content via two different media on deadline is no small feat: Show us more of how you did it!
A The Oregonian 2nd Enterprise Reporting Family ripped apart Betsy Hammond
A The Oregonian 1st Feature Writing His Heart, Her Hands Tom Hallman Jr. Extraordinary story conveyed like a song.
A The Oregonian 2nd Investigative Reporting Kept in the Dark Fedor Zarkhin and Lynne Terry Rigorous reporting and good writing on an important, fixable problem
A The Oregonian 3rd Investigative Reporting Toxic Armories Rob Davis A rigorous investigation into an important problem.
A The Oregonian 1st Debby Lowman Contest for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs Kept in the Dark Fedor Zarkhin, Lynne Terry and Teresa Mahoney
A The Seattle Times 2nd Distinguished Coverage of Diversity Boeing’s difficult journey from racism to diversity Dominic Gates From a history of racism at Boeing to what appears to be continued racism there, this exploration deserves kudos.
A The Seattle Times 1st Distinguished Coverage of Diversity Transgender kids: a family quest, a medical quandary Nina Shapiro The originality of this particular diversity issue merited first place, along with meeting the other criteria for this category. Superb coverage.
A The Seattle Times 3rd Deadline Reporting Violence punctuates UW talk by Breitbart editor Milo-Yiannopoulos Staff
A The Seattle Times 2nd Deadline Reporting Cascade Mall Shooting Staff A terrific package of stories, video, stills, contextual information (such as past mass shootings in the area). The writing is clear and crisp, the presentation of related content easy to navigate through. First and second in this category was a tough call. The top entry included some background on how the paper tackled its breaking news and included a PDF of the printed product (at least one page of it, I would have liked to have seen more) that shows how the newsroom also produced the paper the night of the incident.
A The Seattle Times 1st Enterprise Reporting 50 Seattle rape, sex-abuse cases stalled for years on detective's desk Sara Jean Green
A The Seattle Times 2nd Feature Writing The Mom question: Seattle-area women share their complicated decisions Rachel Lerman
A The Seattle Times 3rd Feature Writing Seahawks Kevin Pierre-Louis opens up about his depression Jayson Jenks
A The Seattle Times 1st Investigative Reporting Quantity of Care Mike Baker Beautifully written, impeccably researched.
A The Seattle Times 2nd Debby Lowman Contest for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs How LinkedIn’s search engine may reflect a gender bias Matt Day
B Post-Register 3rd Investigative Reporting Angie Dodge murder Bryan Clark The only thing wrong with this series is that I must know whether Angie Dodge’s killer will be found. Great piece of writing and some dogged attention to detail. I was hoping Bryan turned up a “smoking gun” document or piece of evidence in his investigation but was well-pleased with the stories.
B The Chronicle 1st Investigative Reporting Turmoil at the 911 Center Natalie Johnson Great dogged reporting mixed with tips, official documents, and amazing county rules that left me flabbergasted. Good job in continuing to run this down and not letting up. I picked this as the winner because of how important this story was to public safety and how the jeopardy of those cities might have never been discovered without this piece of journalism. Congratulations.
B The Columbian 1st Enterprise Reporting First responders' selfless service leaves them vulnerable to PTSD's TOLL Emily Gillespie Gripping lede, interesting topic and well executed. The writer chose quotes that really elevated and advanced the story, and it flowed nicely to give readers a sense of action and understanding of why this story matters in their community.
B The Columbian 2nd Enterprise Reporting Flipping the script Lauren Dake Bright writing and creative way to tell the story using the Indivisible guide. The piece answered a lot of questions about the movement without being cheerleading, and offered precise examples and detail that would help any voter sort out what’s happening and how significant it is so far ahead of the midterms. Kudos.
B The Columbian 3rd Enterprise Reporting Mystery of Jane Jake Thomas Vivid storytelling puts you in the scene and also helps put a personal face and sentiment on an issue anyone can identify with. Was a breezy read despite its length and felt fair to all sides.
B The Columbian 1st Feature Writing Benton in D.C.: It's time to change the narrative Lauren Dake The author weaves a sophisticated narrative that includes public records and obvious deep reporting. Context and history in this profile shine.
B The Columbian 2nd Feature Writing Who is Annie Marggraf? Scott Hewitt A great human interest story with a complex backstory of a woman who turned her life around.
B The Columbian 2nd Debby Lowman Contest for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs Healthy holidays series Marissa Harshman
B The Columbian 3rd Debby Lowman Contest for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs Wet wipes wipe out sewer systems Dameon Pesanti
B The Daily Herald 3rd Distinguished Coverage of Diversity The invisible veterans Melissa Slager This was an important story to tell in the interest of documenting history that is inclusive and acknowledges that each job is valuable and crucial to the military. The writing was smooth and engaging in sharing the voice of the female veteran who still doesn’t feel worthy of patting herself on the back for her contribution. This story doesn’t need to beat you over the head to realize that this woman is an example of many who take a back seat when they are so deserving of a front seat. This was a good story to feature.
B The Daily Herald 3rd Deadline Reporting Three dead, 1 hurt in shooting Eric Stevick, Rikki King and Sharon Salyer
B The Daily Herald 3rd Feature Writing 100 years after the Everett Massacre we're still learning more Eric Stevick and Julie Muhlstein An interesting recounting of conflict in a city’s past which the writer ties in to current events. The sidebar on key figures helps the reader.
B The Daily Herald 2nd Investigative Reporting Family believes inmate's death could have been prevented Eric Stevick This was very well written — an effective narrative. It is very well sourced in some areas but I was puzzled about why it wasn’t in others. The details about the attack — “six steps” a such — where did those come from? How about some of the quotes from the inmates about how they felt about Price? Did you interview them or were they from court docs? I just wanted a little more overt citation of your sources to make this a 9 or 10.
B The Daily Herald 1st Debby Lowman Contest for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs Hold on, pain ends Sharon Salyer and Kari Bray
B Walla Walla Union-Bulletin 2nd Deadline Reporting Where's Cathy rally turns raucous Sheila Hagar and Andy Porter
B Yakima Herald-Republic 1st Distinguished Coverage of Diversity Valentine's Day just another Day for Selah couple, yet it isn't Pat Muir, Molly Rosbach and Miles Oliver This was the right choice for a Valentine’s Day cover story. It was what should be considered a loving story about a loving couple. Both the reporter and the editor who supported this coverage did an excellent job. Regardless of the fallout, it remains the right choice for story placement.
B Yakima Herald-Republic 2nd Distinguished Coverage of Diversity Yakima's homeless: Perception vs. reality Molly Rosbach, Phil Ferolito and Shawn Gust This story told through various vantage points did a thorough job of explaining the problem of homelessness in their community and served to humanize those who are homeless. It is admirable that this newspaper would make such an investment on a single but multifaceted issue. This series did a good job in deflecting the stereotype of homeless as being made up of people who just panhandle all day. This series truly provided a voice for those who are homeless and did a good job in stating the ongoing challenges of funding.
B Yakima Herald-Republic 1st Deadline Reporting Stadelman ammonia leak Staff