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The Daily Herald wins annual journalism competition awards

SEATTLE — The Daily Herald received three first-place awards last week in a five-state journalism contest for newspapers, websites, podcasts, and television and radio stations. The Herald was a finalist in three other categories, including overall excellence among newsrooms of similar size.

The annual Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, involved 2021 content produced by news outlets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

“I want to thank SPJ for this recognition,” said editor Phillip O’Connor. “I am extremely proud of these well-deserved winners and of the hard work done every day by all the Daily Herald reporters.”

Among those recognized:

• Local news editor Caleb Hutton won first place in the feature writing category for his story about a Snohomish martial arts trainer and high school wrestling coach with a history of domestic violence.

• Journalist Jake Goldstein-Street received first place in the crime and law enforcement reporting category for his story about how signing bonuses and disgruntlement prompted a wave of Seattle police officers to accept jobs in Snohomish County.

• Sports editor Chad Davis and sportswriters Zac Hereth and Cameron Van Til won first place in the sports reporting category for their story examining whether blowouts in high school sports cross the line.

• Van Til also won second place in the sports reporting category for his story about a local man who ran 24 straight hours to bring attention to mental health and suicide prevention.

Marvin Shelby comforts his wife, Shawtue Shelby, during a memorial for their son Devin Shelby at Eagle Falls in Index on July 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

• Chief Photographer Kevin Clark won second place in the General News Photography category for his image of a grieving mother on the banks of the Skykomish River at a memorial for his son who drowned in proximity.

• Freelance writer Julie Titone won second place in the Health and Science Reporting category for her article on the worsening health effects of wildfire smoke.

The awards were announced Thursday via Twitter. A full list can be found at https://www.spjwash.org/announcing-spj-nw-excellence-in-journalism-contest-winners/

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