Herald writers, photographers win SPJ awards

SEATTLE — Winners of the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest were announced Saturday night at banquets in Seattle and Portland, Ore. The annual contest is held by Region 10 of SPJ to honor journalism in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Daily news papers — mid-sized (circulation 25,001 to 65,000)

Spot news reporting, 3rd place: Debra Smith, Amy Daybert, Eric Stevick, Diana Hefley, Rikki King, The Daily Herald Co. for “Jayme had so much more to give us”

Government &Political Reporting, 3rd place: Staff, The Daily Herald Co. for “Need to Know”

Business Reporting, 1st place: Michelle Dunlop, The Daily Herald Co. for “New life for the mighty 767”

Social Issues Reporting, 1st place: Diana Hefley, The Daily Herald Co. for “Drug court, arts program giving kids a chance at a clean slate”

Personalities Reporting, 1st place: Sarah Weiser, The Daily Herald Co. for “The battle within: trying to find the man inside the marine”

Long Feature Story, 3rd place: Alejandro Dominguez, The Daily Herald Co. for “Faith to go forward: After terrible accident, young man finds solace”

Sports Feature Story, 1st place: Scott M. Johnson, The Daily Herald Co. for “The rise of ‘The Wildcat,’ Everett’s first sports superstar

Editorial &Commentary, 2nd place: Carol MacPherson, The Daily Herald Co.

News Photography, 3rd place: Sarah Weiser, The Daily Herald Co. for “Fatal crash”

Video, 3rd place: Mark Mulligan, Annie Mulligan, HeraldNet for “Cascade Quest: Sled dog racing”

Education Reporting, 2nd place: Katie Murdoch, The Weekly Herald for “Joan Jett: Scriber kids are rock `n roll”

Graphics &Illustrations — All Circulation Sizes Judged Together. 2nd place: Bob Kelton, The Daily Herald Co.

Leisure &Lifestyle Reporting, 3rd place: Kurt Batdorf, Snohomish County Business Journal for “Dick’s opens, and there is much rejoicing”

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