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Review staff earns writing, photography honors

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The Lake Oswego Review took home eight awards at the Greater Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual awards banquet held Saturday.

Top honors went to Review staff reporter Cori Bolger, photographer Vern Uyetake and former city reporter Lee van der Voo.

Bolger received a first place in the spot news category for 'Sause sent to prison for fatal crash,' which focused on the court sentencing of Lake Oswego woman Cory Sause.

Uyetake received a first place in the category of sports photo for his photo, 'Lake Oswego's Kevin Love,' which showed Love celebrating the Lake Oswego High School 2006 state basketball championship.

Uyetake also received first place in the category of photo page for his multi-photo piece, 'A refuge for mother and child.' The photo series depicted single moms and their infants at a Lake Oswego shelter.

van der Voo - now a reporter at the Portland Tribune - received special recognition from the Bruce Baer Award committee for her story 'Beneath the surface,' which focused on pollution in Oswego Lake.

'It was good basic investigative journalism,' said Doug Yocum, a committee member. 'Her writing was well done. The underlying requirement is to show that … the publication and the reporter showed courage in doing the work.'

The award, established in 1978 in honor of the late broadcast journalist Bruce Baer, recognizes those whose work demonstrates excellence in the profession.

van der Voo is the second Review reporter to receive the special recognition honor - the first was Steve Law in 1986.

'Beneath the Surface' also took first place in the investigative reporting category. van der Voo also garnered a first place in the environmental reporting category for her story, 'Whose water is it?' And, she won a first-place award in the News Feature category for her story about Oswego Terraces condominium conversion titled 'Complex times at the complex.'

'This is the first time we've entered the SPJ contest in many years,' said Martin Forbes, Review editor. 'It speaks well for both our paper and our company that so many of our people did so well.'

This year, the Review competed against several dozen non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 8,000 and less. The contest attracted 982 entries from non-daily newspapers published in Oregon and Clark County, Wash. Contest requirements called for all entries to be published in 2006.

The Review placed in two other categories:

n Bolger received second place in the spot news category for 'Guns found near school.'

n van der Voo received third place in the environmental reporting category of 'Sewage spills into lake.'

The West Linn Tidings received three awards at the banquet:

n Second Place, News Feature: Nicole DeCosta, 'A fresh start.'

n Third Place, News Feature: DeCosta, 'Safe and stable'

n Third Place, General Feature: DeCosta, 'Local student films for a friend.'

In all, five Pamplin Media Group newspapers, including the Review and the Tidings, claimed 54 SPJ awards. The company's flagship newspaper, The Portland Tribune, took home 25 of those honors including the General Excellence Award for non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 8,000 or more.