The staff of the Lake Oswego Review took home 12 awards in the recent Oregon Newspaper Publisher's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The contest is based on news coverage and photography from the calendar year 2007.

The contest is an opportunity for newspaper staffs to be judged against other similar size circulation newspapers from across the state of Oregon.

This year, the Review garnered four first place, four second place and four third place awards.

'I'm very proud of our entire staff,' Publisher J. Brian Monihan said. 'They work very hard to deliver a quality newspaper to the Lake Oswego community. These competitions are a nice way for them to be recognized by their peers.'

Review photographer Vern Uyetake earned first and second place awards in the Best Photo Essay category and a second place for Best Section Front. He, Matt Sherman and Bill Stewart also earned a third place award for Best Sports Page. Uyetake also earned two second place awards for the Review's sister paper, the West Linn Tidings for Best Sports Photo for a West Linn High School baseball playoff photo of two players colliding for a ball and Best Photo Essay for a series of photos about the Old Time Fair.

Sherman, Review sports editor, also earned a first place award for Best Feature story: Personality, for a story he wrote about one of the nation's best pianists, 9-year-old Adria Ye of Lake Oswego. He also took home a second place award for the Tidings for Best Sports Story. He wrote a feature about an ultimate fighter trying to make a come back after being diagnosised with a degenerative disc condition.

Martin Forbes, Review editor, won a first place award for Best Editorial Page, a second place award for Best Headline Writing, and a third place for Best Editorial.

Lee van der Voo, Review lead reporter, earned a second place award for Best Enterprise Reporting for an investigative piece she wrote regarding a number of penalties and citations filed against The Pearl in Lake Oswego.

Nicole DeCosta, Review reporter and Homes editor, took home a second place award for Best Feature Story: Personality, for a story she did on Pilar Millhollen, who grew up practicing dance in Lake Oswego and was touring with the national musical 'Chicago.' She also earned four second place awards for the Tidings: Best Writing, Best Section Front Design, Best Feature Story for a story about West Linn's Julie Resk who donated part of her liver to save her daughter's life and Best Silk Purse Story for a feature on the Dog Club of West Linn.

Former Review schools reporter, Cori Bolger, earned a third place award for Best Spot News Coverage for a story about Rebecca Recht and her mother, Laurie Recht, who were both found dead in their home of an apparent overdose days after Rebecca had sung in concert with famed musician Peter Yarrow.

Forbes and Bolger, as well as the entire Review staff, earned a third place award for Best Special Section for the paper's annual Perspective edition.

Rebecca Mayer, now the Review's education reporter, took second place for Best Special Section for the News-Times Heritage Days section for work she did at the Review's sister newspaper in Forest Grove last year.

Ten newspapers from the Pamplin Media group garnered a combined 93 awards for quality writing, photography and design in this year's competition.

The Review staff was competing against other weekly newspapers with a similar number of subscribers from the state of Oregon. The contest was judged by the Colorado Newspaper Association.

Of the 88 ONPA general member newspapers, 55 submitted entries in the 2008 Better Newspaper contest, and 53 of those won an award in one or more of the 29 categories. A total of 2,003 entries were submitted for the contest, of which 450 won awards.

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