A family in costume crosses California Street during downtown Everett trick-or-treating last Oct. 31. This image was the runner-up for feature photography in the annual Society of Professional Journalists competition. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A family in costume crosses California Street during downtown Everett trick-or-treating last Oct. 31. This image was the runner-up for feature photography in the annual Society of Professional Journalists competition. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Herald wins regional journalism award for overall excellence

Five staff members also won awards in the annual Society of Professional Journalists competition.

SEATTLE — The Daily Herald was honored this week with five first-place awards, including one for overall excellence, in a five-state journalism competition for newspapers, websites, podcasts, and TV and radio stations.

The annual Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, involved 2019 content produced by news organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

For the second consecutive year, The Herald was awarded first place in the general-excellence category among medium-sized newsrooms in the region.

Four staff members also won first-place awards, and two were runners-up. The other Herald winners:

• Reporter Caleb Hutton won first place for crime and justice reporting for his coverage of the trial of William Talbot II, who was convicted in the 1987 cold-case murders of a young Canadian couple. The case was solved through the use of genetic-genealogy techniques.

• Reporter Zachariah Bryan won first place for environment and natural-disaster reporting for a story about scientists studying a receding glacier in the north Cascades.

• Sports reporter Cameron Van Til won first place in the sports-reporting category for a story about the trend in specialization among young athletes. Van Til was also the runner-up in that category for a story about a Lake Stevens High School student breaking into the sports-broadcasting business.

• News designer Jacie Landeros won first place for print page layout based on a submission of three features pages.

• Photographer Olivia Vanni was the runner-up in the feature photography category for a picture of a costumed family trick-or-treating in Everett.

The awards were announced Monday via Twitter. In normal years, they are presented at a banquet.

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