S-R, Russell win awards for Idaho coverage
The Spokesman-Review and its Boise-based state capitol reporter, Betsy Z. Russell, won several awards from the Idaho Press Association for coverage of Idaho government and politics in 2012.
In the general news category, Russell’s coverage of the failed lobbying efforts by Avista Co. to oust two incumbent North Idaho legislators in last year’s GOP primary earned first place in the political reporting category. She also earned a first-place prize for her coverage of the city of Sandpoint’s push to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Russell earned a second-place award for watchdog/investigative reporting for her examination of Idaho’s contract to provide laptops to all schoolchildren. She also won a third-place award in the political reporting category for her coverage of the out-of-state money flowing into the ballot campaigns for last year’s school reforms, and a third-place award in the First Amendment category for coverage of the state’s execution procedures.
The awards were announced Saturday in Boise.