The Tri-City Herald took home six awards Saturday in the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest for mid-size newspapers.
Sports reporter Craig Craker won second place awards in sports reporting for "Smaller moments make for big miracle," a story on the Chiawana High state football championship, and in sports features for "Tough girl," a story on Wahluke High's Maribel Torres who played basketball despite only having one hand.
Reporter Sara Schilling and Kristi Pihl won the second place for social issues reporting for a report on charity spending in the Mid-Columbia.
Reporter Ty Beaver took third place in education reporting for his look at the firing of Richland School Superintendent Jim Busey. Reporter Tyler Richardson was awarded third place in crime and justice reporting for "Sex offenders next door," a story about a Kennewick boarding house for sex offenders.
Former Herald writer and photographer Kai-Huei Yau took first place in the short feature story category for profiles of veterans on Veterans Day.