Mercer Island Reporter wins 8 journalism awards

Mercer Island Reporter staff won eight awards in the 2011 Washington Better Newspaper Contest.

A total of 2,523 entries from 78 community newspapers were submitted into the statewide contest. The awards were announced at the 124th annual WNPA Convention in Everett, Wash., on Oct. 7.

Chad Coleman was named Photographer of the Year for the second consecutive year. Coleman placed first in the General News Photo (B/W or Color) category for a photo of the Blue Angels over Lake Washington and third in Color Sports Photo (Action) for “Island boys hold on to No. 2 spot.”

Megan Managan won first place for the best sports news story with “State HS playoff format is costly.”

Linda Ball placed second in News of the Weird for a story about a human skull found at an Island estate sale.

Rebecca Mar placed third in Best Personality Profile (Short) for a story about a cat, Nile, who retrieved mail and brought neighbors together.

Melanie Morgan won third place for the 2010 Spookfest ad in the Promotion of Newspaper: Single House Ad category.

The Mercer Island Reporter staff was awarded second place in Lifestyle/Culture Special Sections for “Mercer Island Living: Home Works.”

Mary L. Grady and Melanie Morgan placed second for Best Special Section Cover with “Mercer Island Living: Island Summer.”


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