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Times wins 45 awards in regional excellence contest

The Seattle Times won more than 45 awards in the 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest, which is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and honors the region’s best in journalism.


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The Seattle Times won more than 45 awards in the 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest, which is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and honors the region’s best journalism.

Winning entries were chosen from more than 1,800 submissions from 269 news outlets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.

Judges chose winners in more than 160 categories for daily newspapers, alternative newsweeklies, magazines, television stations, radio, freelance journalists and websites. The Seattle Times won awards in the categories for daily newspapers with a circulation of more than 65,000.

In addition to the Excellence in Journalism contest awards, Seattle Times news columnist Danny Westneat was named the Western Washington SPJ Chapter’s Journalist of the Year.

Winners were honored on May 17 at ceremonies in Seattle and Portland.

Comprehensive coverage:

• 2nd place, Brian M. Rosenthal, DUI Law coverage

Investigative reporting:

• 1st place, Michael Berens, “Pharma’s Windfall”

• 3rd place, Emily Heffter, “Homeless group’s tough tactics draw criticism”

Crime and justice reporting:

• 2nd place, Christine Clarridge, “The Faces of Human Trafficking”

Government and politics reporting:

• 2nd place, Erik Lacitis, “Lake Burien: the public lake you can’t use”

Education reporting:

• 3rd place, Claudia Rowe, “Teachers jump-start turnaround at White Center Heights Elementary”

Health reporting:

• 1st place, Brian M. Rosenthal, “Forcibly detained to be treated, forced to wait for treatment”

• 3rd place, Carol M. Ostrom

Business reporting:

• 3rd place, Sanjay Bhatt, “Inside lending at Westsound Bank”

Personalities reporting:

• 1st place, Ron Judd, “50 years after Everest ascent, Whittaker reflects”

• 2nd place, Tyrone Beason, “In making art, Haida culture is revived,” Robert Davidson profile

• 3rd place, Mónica Guzman, “4,000 and counting: The handwritten letters of Shoreline’s Charles Morrison”

Lifestyles reporting:

• 1st place, Erik Lacitis, “Beneath soothing lavender, a tiff in Sequim”

• 2nd place, Tan Vinh, “Graying hiking club holds secrets of the woods”

• 3rd place, Tan Vinh, “Established restaurants, too, hitting streets with food trucks”

Short feature story:

• 1st place, Tan Vinh, “Hitch a ride on the wind in a kite boat”

• 2nd place, Nancy Bartley, “Clothesline crusaders call laundry flap overblown”

• 3rd place, Erik Lacitis, “Hero with a $20,000 heart: Walmart worker honored for returning cash left in cart”

Arts reporting:

• 1st place, Bill Reader, “The buskers’ life: The street’s their stage, our attention their reward”

Sports reporting:

• 1st place, Geoff Baker, “Dysfunction at the top: Eric Wedge, others point to trouble in Mariners front office”

• 3rd place, Bud Withers, “Gonzaga’s Bulldogs voted No. 1 in both major college polls”

Sports feature story:

• 1st place, Jerry Brewer, “Seattle’s Jamal Crawford is a flashy, humble dreamer”

• 2nd place, Jerry Brewer, collection of five columns

Editorial and commentary:

• 1st place, Lance Dickie, editorial columns

General column

• 1st place, Mónica Guzman, “Living with tech in the Northwest”

• 2nd place, Danny Westneat, news column

Page design:

• 3rd place, David Miller

Headlines (based on collection of six):

• 1st place, Bill Kossen, “When it comes to cursing, we have a heck of a time”

• 2nd place, Bill Kossen, “Is Seafair sinking?”

Feature photography:

• 1st place, Alan Berner, “Now, she’s a citizen”

• 3rd place, Lindsey Wasson, “The Best Air Show”

Photo page story or essay:

• 1st place, Erika Schultz, “As India gains strength, so does its coffee”

• 2nd place, Erika Schultz, “Heemsah Memorial Wild Horse Race”

• 3rd place, Erika Schultz, “Indian girls plant strength of hope in gardens, land rights”

Photo portfolio:

• 2nd place, Erika Schultz

Portrait photography:

• 1st place, Alan Berner, “Mark Dobransky, homeless”

• 2nd place, Ellen Banner, “Broken Hearts”

• 3rd place, Erika Schultz, “Ratna and Shanti”

Science and health reporting:

• 1st place, Carol Ostrom, “The dialysis dilemma: urgent need vs. overtaxed system”

Leisure and lifestyle reporting:

• 3rd place, Tyrone Beason, “The front porch: Friendly yet protected, safe harbor and common ground”

Gallery/slideshow:

• 1st place, Steve Ringman, “Sea Change: The Pacific’s perilous turn” — photo gallery

Interactive graphic or resource:

• 1st place, Seattle Times staff, Seattle Mayoral Guide 2013

Best Web design:

• 2nd place, Katrina Barlow, “Sea Change: The Pacific’s perilous turn”

Best online community engagement

• 2nd place, Evan Bush

Best website, general news:

• 3rd place, Seattle Times staff

Paige Cornwell: 206-464-2530 or pcornwell@seattletimes.com



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