Examiner staff earn top honors in statewide newspaper contest

The Whidbey Examiner earned Third Place honors for General Excellence in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest.

The Examiner also earned First Place for special sections for the Whidbey Island 2011 Farm Guide.

In individual writing awards, Editor Kasia Pierzga earned First Place in the Best News Story (Short) category for “Tool-wielding Lions thwart poster thief.”

Harry Anderson won Third Place for business writing for “Foodies love their Rockwell beans.”

Toni Grove won Second Place for education writing for “One school at a time,” while Betty Freeman earned Third Place honors in that category for “Sparks fly on students’ lighthouse project.”

In the crime coverage category, Pierzga and David Svien earned Second Place for “Bike crash sends teen to surgery,” while Freeman earned Third Place for “Port replaces bird-proofing after vandalism.”

Svien also won Third Place for personality profiles for “Local artist turns handicap into advantage.”

Toni Grove won Third Place for topical columns for “Sowin’ in the Trowel.”

In photography awards, Pierzga won Third Place honors for “Winter weather huddle.”

The awards were announced at WNPA’s annual convention, Sept. 27through 29 in Yakima.

Sound Publishing newspapers, including the Examiner, won a total of 218 awards in the contest, including eight for General Excellence and one for Community Service.


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