Tri-City Herald journalists won seven awards in the 2015 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Among the awards received this year are three first-place trophies for reporting and photography.
The awards were announced Saturday at a banquet in Seattle.
Herald reporter Kristin M. Kraemer, along with former Herald reporters Tyler Richardson and Geoff Folsom, and Franco Ordoñez of McClatchy’s Washington, D.C., bureau, took the top award in comprehensive coverage for their work covering the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by Pasco police in February 2015.
Former Herald photographer Andrew Jansen won first-place for feature photography in the general news reporting category for “A mother’s grief,” depicting the mother of Zambrano-Montes mourning her son’s death.
The Herald’s Annette Cary earned a first-place award in health reporting for “Irradiated: A legacy of pain, suffering,” part of a McClatchy series documenting the ailments of former nuclear workers, including those at the Hanford site. Cary also took a second place award in the category for another story in that same series, “Irradiated: Opening doors to compensation.”
Herald editor Kristina Lord won a third-place award in personalities reporting for “Two-time cancer warrior,” a story documenting the cancer battles of Richland resident Pam Frick and her co-founding of support group Warrior Sisterhood.
Former Herald sports editor Jeff Morrow won second-place in sports reporting for “Oh buoy! Oberto pulls it out,” on the win of Jimmy Shane of the U-1 Oberto at last year’s Gold Cup hydroplane boat race on the Columbia River.
Richardson also won a second-place award in the long general feature story category for “Brush with death leads to lifelong bond,” a story about the bond between a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy and the 3-year-old girl he rescued after she was thrown from the Snake River Bridge by her mother in 1966.
The Herald staff competed with newspapers of general circulation from 25,001 to 65,000 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
Other area journalists winning awards include:
▪ Andy Perdue of Great Northwest Wine won a first-place award for “Charles Smith turns Seattle into his personal playground.”
▪ Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine took second place for “Abacela discovers 140-year-old Mission grape planting” and third place for “NATO mission pulls Pittock Shouldis from Oregon wine harvest.” He won third place for “Clearwater Canyon Cellars wines have an extra dose of ‘heart’ in each bottle,” a story written for the Idaho Statesman.
▪ Anna King of Northwest News Network won Journalist of Year for her radio reports and first place in two categories for coverage of Washington wildfires and third place for “Daughters of Hanford.”
▪ KNDU-TV’s Don Granese won third place for feature reporting and second place in general news reporting.
▪ KEPR-TV’s Kathleen Jacob won second place for live breaking news coverage and Vince Sapienza won third for sports reporting.