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Pamplins radio station, KPAM, takes home 4 first-place awards for its news coverage

Portland radio station KPAM (860 AM) has received high honors for its news coverage, winning four first-place awards from the Oregon Associated Press Broadcasters Association at its weekend convention in Newport.

KPAM's 10-member news staff was honored with top awards for breaking news coverage, best continuing coverage, best newscast and overall excellence.

The station also was recognized for its traffic and sports reporting.

'Our news reporters thrive on providing KPAM 860's listeners with the highest-quality news product. It's great to see them receive recognition for their dedication and outstanding efforts,' said Paul Clithero, the station's general manager.

First-, second-, and third-place awards in breaking news all went to KPAM, the first Oregon radio station to sweep that category in many years.

Stories that earned the breaking news honors included 'Three Days of Arson,' in which several cars were torched in Southeast Portland over a series of mornings last May; 'Bear Hunt,' which featured the chase and capture of a wayward black bear in a Vancouver, Wash., neighborhood; and 'Greasy Dad,' the story of two boys abandoned by their father in a Salem neighborhood in July.

The first-place award in best continuing coverage also went to 'Three Days of Arson.' 'Street Fight,' KPAM's coverage of the Interstate Avenue/ César E. Chávez Boulevard controversy in Portland, also won best continuing coverage honors.

The award for overall excellence is given to only one station each year. It reflects a station news team's leadership, dedication to immediate coverage of breaking news, live reporting from the scene, and in-depth coverage of local, regional, and national news.

'Portland deserves nothing but the best radio news coverage. The awards earned by our large group of pros show Portlanders get that kind of excellence when they listen to KPAM 860,' said Rick Belcher, KPAM's program director.

KPAM is run by Pamplin Media Group, which also owns the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers, which includes the Lake Oswego Review. Lake Oswego resident Robert Pamplin launched Pamplin Media Group.