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Pamplin newspapers win top honors in regional contest

Three first-place wins and a total of seven awards for Northwest news

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Xander Perkins looks for the owner of a lost pomeranian as he carries him up the hill at Roger Tilbury Park in Beaverton. This photo won first place in lifestyle photography for a non-daily news source in the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards. Pamplin Media Group newspapers won seven awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 contest.

The five-state Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest handed out awards for participating news organizations at a Seattle ceremony Saturday.

The Portland Tribune, the Oregon media group’s flagship newspaper, brought home three awards from the non-daily category.

Tribune education and health reporter Shasta Kearns Moore won first place in general news reporting for a non-daily with “Why we know so little about abortion in Oregon,” a story detailing the lack of reliable public health data on the controversial procedure.

Tribune sportswriter and columnist Kerry Eggers won first place in sports reporting for “Raising Kaman: Blazers’ backup big man sounds off,” a profile on wild Trail Blazer backup center Chris Kaman.

Another first place went to Pamplin Media Group photographer Jonathan House, earned in the lifestyles reporting category for his portrait of a boy and a lost dog in a Beaverton park. The photo ran in the Beaverton Valley Times under the headline “Roger Tilbury’s widow says namesake park is ‘perfect.’”

The other four Pamplin Media Group awards went to:

• Second place, page designer Kate Schell, for The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood.

• Second place, sports reporting, John Denny of the Clackamas Review for “A truly amazing season.”

• Third place, health reporting, Kearns Moore for “While toys come rolling in families struggle with basic needs.”

• Third place, visuals, arts and entertainment, Pamplin Media Group photographer Jaime Valdez for “Whitford haunted house has the thrills and chills,” in the Beaverton Valley Times.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - This photo of a haunted house feature won third place for arts and entertainment photography in the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 contest. In addition, “How Cash Sent the Portland Home Market Spinning,” a story by Lee van der Voo and James Gordon of InvestigateWest won first place in the business reporting category for a non-daily. The series was later published by the Portland Tribune.

Pamplin Media Group is news partners with the EO Media Group and Oregon Public Broadcasting, which were also well-represented at the awards ceremony.

The contest accepted submissions from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

"These awards provide well-earned recognition for the excellent work that our editors, writers and photographers do every day in covering their communities," said Mark Garber, president of the Pamplin Media Group's newspaper division.

See all of the contest results

This story was amended to reflect the first-place winning photo from Jonathan House.