The staff of the Mercer Island Reporter has won four awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced at the 126th annual convention in Olympia on Oct. 4. The contest was judged by the Tennessee Press Association.
Mary L. Grady, editor, won first place for the 2013 Best Editorial Pages across all WNPA member non-daily circulation categories. She also won second place for the Best Education Story, "Without sight or words, Jim Holt taught himself and others," and third place for Best Government Reporting, "Islanders at Sandy work, drive, pray."
Rebecca Mar, reporter, won third place for the Best Personality Profile - Short, "A home for Smokey Joe," about a cat rescued and adopted by Ginna Seese.
The annual contest honors excellence in news, photography, advertising, special sections and the web, among WNPA member newspapers. This year, 78 newspapers submitted nearly 1,160 entries in the news category.
Sound Publishing, Inc., which owns the Mercer Island Reporter and several other community newspapers, including the daily Everett Herald and the Seattle Weekly, won 218 total awards, including 75 first-place prizes.