The Oregonian won three first-place honors in the 2013 C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for distinguished newspaper reporting, while The Seattle Times, The Columbian of Vancouver, Wash., and The (Everett) Herald each won two.
The awards were presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) in Seattle. They are given in memory of the man who published The Seattle Times from 1915 until his death in 1941.
PNNA daily newspaper members in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia are eligible to enter the contest, which is administered independently of The Seattle Times by PNNA. Judges are news executives from daily newspapers outside the PNNA area and are not affiliated with PNNA member groups.
All entrants, regardless of circulation, compete for the special Debby Lowman Award for distinguished reporting of consumer affairs, which honors The Times consumer-affairs reporter who died of cancer in 1978.
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Distinguished Coverage of Diversity:
• Under 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, Anchorage Daily News for “The things that happen: Two boys and cancer,” by Julia O’Malley; 2nd Place, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, Mont., for “The Immigrants Among us,” by Whitney Bermes, Laura Lundquist, Gail Schontzler and Jodi Hausen.
• Over 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Oregonian with “Locked Out,” by Brad Schmidt; 2nd Place, The Oregonian with “Invisible Nations, Enduring Ills,” by Bill Graves.
• Under 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Columbian for “County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental job” by Erik Hidle; 2nd Place, Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, for “Faces from the fire” by Zach Kyle.
• Over 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Seattle Times for “Skagit River Bridge Collapse” by The Seattle Times staff; 2nd Place, The Seattle Times for “Cafe Racer” by The Seattle Times staff.
• Under 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Columbian for “CRC Fallout, Competing Political Wills Block the Way” by Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip; 2nd Place, The Daily News, Longview, Wash., for “Death of an Informant, by Tony Lystra.
• Over 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Spokesman-Review for “The New American Dream” by Becky Kramer and Kathy Plonka; 2nd Place, The Oregonian for “Suicide Bridge” by David Stabler and Beth Nakamura.
• Under 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The (Everett) Herald for “A fragile balance” by Eric Stevick; 2nd Place, The (Everett) Herald for “After cancer, a ‘canvas’ for art” by Gail Fiege.
• Over 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Oregonian for “Two Oregon teenagers, a basketball and the moment the game becomes secondary” by Anna Griffin and Rob Finch; 2nd Place, The Seattle Times for “Missing” by Maureen O’Hagan.
• Under 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The (Everett) Herald for “The collapse of Aaron Reardon” by Noah Haglund and Scott North; 2nd Place, Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho for “Blackfoot School District payout scandal” by Nate Sutherland.
• Over 50,000 circulation: 1st Place, The Oregonian for “Oregon PERS” by Ted Sickinger; 2nd Place, The Seattle Times for “Glamour Beasts: The dark side of elephant captivity” by Michael J. Berens.
Debby Lowman Award (combined divisions)
1st Place, The Seattle Times for “Why you might pay twice for one visit to doctor” by Carol Ostrom; 2nd Place, The Columbian for “Operation protect your skin” by Marissa Harshman.