Me and Diana at the Safeco Field SPJ awards ceremony.
A piece I wrote last year, Tim Sheldon Makes No Apologies for Dual Roles, won third place in the “Government and Politics” category for the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 for 2010. The area covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. The event Saturday night was at Safeco Field, which kind of a cool idea.
The story discussed Tim Sheldon’s role as a state senator and county commissioner. I went to a county meeting he attended in Shelton in the morning, traveled to Olympia with him for a lunchtime event at the state capitol, then traveled back to Shelton.
Thanks go to Kim Rubenstein and Vince Dice for their editing, and I think the story itself was Kim’s idea. This was a fun story and video to work on. And it was certainly a story worth telling.
Five colleagues at the Kitsap Sun were also awarded.
Rachel Pritchett won first place in the Investigative Reporting category for her informative and troubling series on nursing home problems, “Cautionary Tales in the Complaint Files.” The series was quite good, and I must say winning in the investigative category is quite the plum in our business.
Jeff Graham, a sports writer, won first place in the Business Reporting category for his series on “The Business of Golf,” another victim of the recession.
Tristan Baurick won first place in the Personalities Reporting category for his amazing profile “The Anchor of Eagle Harbor.” This is the story of a guy who is a liveaboard in Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor. Tristan was not only able to get details few could, he described them beautifully. When I read the story I thought it was quite possibly the best written piece I had ever read in the Kitsap Sun, ever.
Chris Henry wrote a sweet piece on a couple celebrating 75 years of marriage, “Reaching 75th Wedding Anniversary Took ‘Hard Work and Luck,'” and won first place in the Short Feature category.
Nathan Joyce won third place in Sports Column category for his piece that discusses the realities of being a high school coach these days, “It’s Not Getting Any Easier Out There for a Coach.”
I work with a solid group of writers and editors. Even better, they’re good people. The Kitsap Sun is a fun place to work, a great place to do what I love.