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Beaverton Valley Times' news team earns eight industry awards

Society of Professional Journalists in Oregon and Southwest Washington presented awards Saturday

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Kim Keller, left, and Marissa Jones hold each other as the bagpipes sound during a 2013 Memorial Day dedication ceremony for a new memorial circle honoring Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving his country.The Beaverton Valley Times earned eight awards Saturday for reporting and photography as well as a third-place top honor for general excellence as a staff from the Society of Professional Journalists in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Reporter Shannon O. Wells earned three second-place awards for his "Warm roaster = cool beans" business feature about Dovetail Coffee, profile of "They're finally here: Navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor" and comprehensive coverage of the Beaverton Sobriety Opportunity for Beginning Recovery diversion court program for impaired-driving offenders.

Photographer Jonathan House claimed first and third places in the photography category for images he captured at the dedication of a memorial circle for Army Pfc. Andrew Keller and an underwater photo from a synchronized swimming competition at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

Managing editor Christina Lent earned third place in the social issues reporting category for her "Healing haven unites families" story about the new Union Gospel Mission's LifeChange Center for women and children that opened in December. She also took home third in the business feature category for her article about barber Vern Stevens retiring after 46 years at the Y Barber Shop.

Journalists from Oregon and Southwest Washington celebrated their work in 2013 at the annual SPJ Oregon/SW Washington awards banquet at the Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland.

The Beaverton Valley Times' sister paper, The Times serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood, was also recognized with five awards for social issues reporting, profiles, business feature, long feature and sports photography.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Los Angeles Synchro performs in the team competion during the 2013 Synchronized Swimming Junior West Zone Championships at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.

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