Herald writers, photographers win SPJ awards

  • Associated Press
  • Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:35pm

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.


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

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

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

Spot news reporting, third 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, third place: Staff, The Daily Herald Co. for “Need to Know”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education Reporting, second place: Katie Murdoch, The Weekly Herald for “Joan Jett: Scriber kids are rock ‘n’ roll”

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