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Record inks 11 WNPA awards

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - Snoqualmie Valley Record staff members won several awards at this year's Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) annual convention, which was recently held in Portland.

The event took place in conjunction with the National Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show, with awards being announced Saturday, Sept. 14.

Valley Record staffers received a total of 11 awards for writing, photography and newspaper design, including five first-place honors. The newspaper competed against other WNPA newspapers in Group II, which have circulations between 2,601 and 5,000, and Group I, with circulations under 2,600.

Editions published between March 31, 2001, and April 1 of this year were eligible for the competition. Members of the Tennessee Press Association served as judges.

Valley Record Editor Barry Rochford won first place for Best General News Story with "Tribe stakes future on gaming" (Nov. 22, 2001). He also received first-place honors for Best Health/Medical Story with "Cancer: A couple's story" (Aug. 2, 2001). He won third place for Best Environmental Story with "A local plan to protect salmon" (Feb. 21). And he combined with General Manager Jim McKiernan to take second place for Best Overall Design for groups I and II.

Freelance writer Nina Gilcrist won second place for Best General Feature Story for "Fighting for her life" (May 31, 2001).

Former staff writer Michelle Gisi won first place for Best Education Story with "North Bend Elementary teacher learns a lot during her first year" (June 28, 2001). She received second place for Best Spot News Story for "Six-hour armed standoff in Fall City ends in arrest" (July 19, 2001).

Becky Christopherson, a former sports writer for the newspaper, won second place for Best Sports Feature with "Track star has sweet success in Hershey" (Aug. 23, 2001).

Former staff photographer Bruce Savadow was awarded first place for Best Color Feature Photo with "Fighting for her life" (May 31, 2001) for groups I and II. He also earned first place for Best Black-and-White Photo Essay with "Crafting a community" (Aug. 23, 2001). Savadow received third-place honors in Best Black-and-White Scenic Photo with "Ladybug on sunflower" (Oct. 18, 2001) for groups I and II.

"We are very excited that the Valley's newspaper has grown in its presentation of news and sports. The efforts Barry put in on the redesign of the newspaper paid off in recognition by our peers in Tennessee," McKiernan said.

"I think our readers appreciate the redesign as well, as our circulation continues to grow. The awards we received for various news and feature stories also shows our quality of writing is among the best of the smaller weekly newspapers in the state," he said.

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