The Times received more than 35 awards overall, including an award for its Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series "Methadone: The Politics of Pain."

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The Seattle Times was judged the best large newspaper in the Northwest, both online and in print, during the 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The Times won more than 35 awards overall, more than any other large newspaper in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Times won 15 first-place awards, including for the investigative series “Methadone: The Politics of Pain,” which won Times reporters Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

The SPJ named seattletimes.com the Best Online News Site, and awarded the printed newspaper a first place for general excellence.

Other first-place awards included comprehensive coverage, spot news, health, social issues, sports reporting, business and sports columns, and several categories of photography, including feature, portrait, sports and photo portfolio, as well as page design and headline writing.

This year’s contest honored work produced or published in 2011. More than 2,100 entries from 250-plus media organizations throughout the region were submitted and then reviewed and rated by out-of-state judges. Proceeds earned from the contest go to support chapters within the region as well as the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Oregonian won first-place awards for reporting on government and politics, arts and entertainment, sports feature, lifestyle, personality and education.