Winners named in 2018 C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 11:57 am

The Seattle Times won nine awards, including first and second place in Investigative Reporting, in the annual C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards contest for 2017-18.

The Oregonian in Portland picked up six awards. Both papers compete in the 50,001 and over circulation division.

Among smaller dailies (50,000 and under), The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash., and the Yakima Herald-Republic each won four awards.

This year’s contest received 153 entries from 16 newspapers.

Complete list of winners

The Times topped the Investigative Reporting category for its story "Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused foster son, child-welfare investigator found in 1984."

The category judge called the report a "superb investigation into a mayor's dark and disturbing past."

"Reporting was exhaustive, writing was crystal-clear, and every effort was made to provide balance and sensitivity," the judge wrote. "This entry, and others from the Seattle Times, show the paper continues to muster investigative reporting of the very highest quality. Bravo."

Awards plaques were shipped to PNNA-member newspapers on Monday, Dec. 10. Each package also includes a $100 check for newsrooms to celebrate the awards. PNNA also has produced house ads for winning newspapers to publish to highlight their collective work in the Pacific Northwest.

"PNNA wants to encourage all member newspapers to afford this contest and its sponsors the esteem they deserve," said PNNA President Josh O'Connor. "Let's make a point of celebrating them. Cheers to each of you and keep up the good work!"

The C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards are sponsored by The Seattle Times and administered by the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association.

The awards consist of six categories: Distinguished Coverage of Diversity, Deadline Reporting, Feature Writing, Investigative Reporting and The Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs.

Experienced journalists from outside the Pacific Northwest judge the contest.

The Blethen Awards were created in 1977 to honor one of the Northwest’s most distinguished newspapermen.

C.B. Blethen was publisher of The Seattle Times from 1915 until his death in 1941. He was known in his community and among his newspaper colleagues as one who made the ideals and standards of American journalism a way of life.

He was knowledgeable in almost all phases of the newspaper business — as a reporter, editor, advertising authority, cartoon idea man, innovator and inventor of mechanical processes.

In 1987, C.B. Blethen was inducted into the State Hall of Journalism Achievement at Washington State University for his contributions to the profession and his commitment to the belief that a newspaper’s first responsibility is to its readers and to the community.