Herald earns 3 regional journalism awards

The Herald won three regional journalism awards Thursday for its coverage of the 2006 Election Day floods, the worldwide Boeing 787 assembly line and the story of a man who once lived in Mukilteo’s Japanese Gulch.

The 2007 C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting were presented at the Seattle meeting of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association.

The Herald’s news staff won first place in deadline reporting for its comprehensive coverage of last year’s November floods.

Herald writer Yoshiaki Nohara won second place in the feature writing category for “A Place of Happiness and Peace,” a two-part narrative about Mas Odoi and the largely forgotten history of Japanese immigrants who settled near Mukilteo in the early 20th century.

An explanatory story about Boeing’s worldwide assembly line by then-Herald business writer Bryan Corliss won second place in the enterprise reporting category.

Thursday’s meeting marked the 31st year the awards have been given in memory of the man who published The Seattle Times from 1915 until his death in 1941.

Daily newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, British Columbia and Alberta were eligible for the contest.

The Herald won the most awards in its circulation division, which included newspapers with circulation of less than 50,000.

Around the region, The Seattle Times won four of the awards for papers with a circulation of more than 50,000.

The News Tribune in Tacoma and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer each won two awards in that circulation category.

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