Five 2021 stories in the Herald won Excellence in Journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Daily Herald brings home awards from annual journalism competition

The Herald got three first place wins and three runner-up spots in SPJ’s Northwest Excellence in Journalism.

SEATTLE — The Daily Herald received three first place awards last week in a five-state journalism competition for newspapers, websites, podcasts and TV and radio stations. The Herald was a runner up in three other categories, including general excellence among similar-sized newsrooms.

The annual Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, involved 2021 content produced by news organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

“I want to thank SPJ for this recognition,” Executive Editor Phillip O’Connor said. “I’m extremely proud of these well-deserving award winners and of the hard work done every day by all of the journalists at The Daily Herald.”

Among those recognized:

• Local News Editor Caleb Hutton won first place in the hard news feature writing category for his story about a Snohomish martial arts trainer and high school wrestling coach with a history of domestic violence.

• Reporter Jake Goldstein-Street received a first place award in the crime and law enforcement reporting category for his story about how signing bonuses and discontent prompted a wave of Seattle police officers to take jobs in Snohomish County.

• Sports Editor Chad Davis and sports reporters Zac Hereth and Cameron Van Til won first in the sports feature writing category for their story examining whether blowouts in high school sports cross the line.

• Van Til also garnered a second place award in the sports reporting category for his tale about a local man who ran 24 consecutive hours to bring attention to mental health and suicide prevention.

Marvin Shelby comforts his wife, Shawtue Shelby, during a memorial for their son Devin Shelby at Eagle Falls in Index on July 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marvin Shelby comforts his wife, Shawtue Shelby, during a memorial for their son Devin Shelby at Eagle Falls in Index on July 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

• Chief Photographer Kevin Clark won second place in the general news photography category for his image of a mother grieving on the banks of the Skykomish River at a memorial for her son who’d drowned nearby.

• Freelance contributor Julie Titone won second place in the the health and science reporting category for her story on how the health effects of wildfire smoke are getting worse.

The awards were announced Thursday via Twitter. A full list can be found at https://www.spjwash.org/announcing-spj-nw-excellence-in-journalism-contest-winners/

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