The Spokesman-Review won 12 awards Saturday in the annual Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.
The newspaper competes with the largest-circulation newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
Spokesman.com took second for best overall Web site in the region. KING-TV, Seattle, won first and the Oregonian won third.
In overall general excellence for large newspapers, The Spokesman-Review placed third. The Seattle Times was first and the Oregonian was second.
Reporter Kevin Graman won second in watchdog reporting for “Lives Lost at Home,” a report on the suicides of veterans who came into contact with the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center and concerns that family members raised that the Spokane VA could have done more to save their sons.
Photographer Dan Pelle won second in the Photography Portfolio category for a selection of his work in 2008. Pelle also took second in an online category for arts, entertainment and lifestyle coverage, for “Flying Trikes,” his video production last September of Denny Reed of Backcounty Aerosports flying ultralight trikes in the skies over Cheney.
In the online photography and slideshows category, Pelle won third for an entry called “Pow Wow.”
Photographer Christopher Anderson won third in spot news photography for his coverage of the Joel Building fire in downtown Spokane last July.
In online spot news coverage, The Spokesman-Review won second for its coverage of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama at campaign rallies in Spokane on the same day in February 2008.
And the staff won second place for its online adaptation of “Cold Cases,” a series of special reports on unsolved crimes in the Spokane area and North Idaho.
In “Creative Use of the Medium,” Spokesman.com won third place for its personalized news feeds.
In “Comprehensive Coverage (single day),” the newspaper took third for its coverage of multiple fires that broke out July 10, 2008.
Former associate editor Jamie Tobias Neely won an honorable mention for editorial writing.
The Pacific Northwest Inlander won four awards among alternative newsweeklies in the region. That included a first place to Nicholas Deshais for “In the Weeds/Busted.”
In television, KREM won four awards, including a first place for William Pitts and Will Mueller for “Kennewick Soldier’s Fight.”
KXLY won one award.
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