GLENEDEN BEACH — The Oregonian/OregonLive placed first in 14 categories in the 2019 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards, announced Thursday and Friday at the organization’s annual convention.
The newsroom also won 10 second place honors, eight third place honors and the sweepstakes award for most recognition (32 awards, in all). Therese Bottomly, editor and vice president of content, also was given the Amos E. Voorhies award in recognition of overall contribution to the news industry in Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive swept two categories: best special section and lifestyles coverage. The Sunday Oregonian’s “Ghosts of Highway 20” edition took first; second went to the Sunday edition with “Targeted”; and third place went to the Medicare Guide special section. In lifestyles, the first place award went to Kaitlin Washburn for a feature on marijuana testing, Brad Schmidt and Jeff Manning took second for a look at how Nike came to dominate in Oregon high schools and third for “The Loyalty Game,” their examination of grass roots basketball.
Other first place awards went to Helen Jung and Laura Gunderson respectively for best editorial and best editorial page; John Canzano for best local column (“Pac-12”) and best sports story (“Shoe”); Tom Hallman Jr. for best writing for his story about an obituary for triplets (he also took second for “Dear Della”); Gordon Friedman and Hillary Borrud in government coverage for “Destined to Fail’; Beth Nakamura for best feature photo (”Marlene”); and Mark Graves for best news photo for election night; and Betsy Hammond in online breaking news for her coverage of the state test score release. “Ghosts of Highway 20” took first place in best multimedia element and best web project. OregonLive took first for best web design.
Additional second place awards went to Fedor Zarkhin in business for “False Comfort”; Bethany Barnes in education coverage for “Targeted”; Friedman in enterprise coverage for “Shots Not Fired”; Hallman’s “Dear Della” for best feature story; and Barnes’s “Targeted” in best feature story-personality and best story of the year; and Nakamura, best news photo, for “Marlene.”
Other third place awards went to Zarkhin for “False Comfort” in enterprise reporting; Hallman for “Little John” in best feature story-personality; and Eder Campuzano in local column for his essay on becoming a U.S. citizen.