Daily Herald reporters win five Blethen journalism awards

Topics covered included teen suicide, a prison death and an account of the Everett Massacre.

EVERETT — Reporters from The Daily Herald won five awards in a prestigious contest for Pacific Northwest newspapers.

Herald staff writers were honored in this year’s C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for distinguished journalism for their coverage of teen suicide, a prison death, the deadly shootings at a Mukilteo house party, women veterans and an account of the Everett Massacre 100 years later.

Kari Bray and Sharon Salyer won first place in the Debby Lowman Contest for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs for reporting on teenage suicide in Snohomish County, “Hold On, Pain Ends.”

Eric Stevick won second place for Distinguished Investigative Reporting for a story detailing how people working at the Monroe Correctional Complex failed to prevent an inmate’s death at the hands of a violent, mentally ill man.

Stevick, Rikki King, Salyer and others on staff earned third place honors for Deadline Reporting for stories after the July 2016 killings of young people at a party in Mukilteo.

Stevick also joined Julie Muhlstein in third-place feature writing honors for a story that revisited the Everett Massacre on its 100th anniversary, and unveiled revelations from newly discovered records.

Melissa Slager also took third place for Distinguished Coverage of Diversity for “The Invisible Veterans,” a story exploring the contributions made by women who volunteered in support of U.S. forces during World War II.

All of The Herald’s Blethen awards were in the category for newspapers with circulations of 50,000 or less. The contest also recognizes larger-circulation papers.

The awards, sponsored by The Seattle Times, are administered by the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association and judged by jurors from outside the region. Results were announced Thursday.

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