Oregon Eagle newspapers are contest award winners

The Hood River News, Polk County Itemizer-Observer, and The Dalles Chronicle were presented with awards as winners of the Better Newspaper Contest at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual banquet in Bend, Oregon on July 13th.


Hood River News received honors for:

1st place – Best Online Coverage for Breaking News:  Mosier train derailment 6/3/2016.  Staff – Ben Mitchell, Patrick Mulvihill and Ben McCarty,

2nd place – Best Special Section: “Savor the Gorge” Staff – team.

2nd place – Best News Photo:  Mosier train derailment fire.  Reporter, Patrick Mulvihill.

Itemizer-Observer received honors for:

1st place – Best Sports Story: “Coming back stronger” Reporter, Lukas Eggen.

1st place – (for the 10th year!)  Best Web Design:  Polkio.com.

2nd place – Best Editorial: “Prepare now for more PE”; “Looks public, acts public – is it public?”; and “Make the world a better place” Editor, Emily Mentzer.

2nd place – Best Sports Photo: “Get down” Reporter, Lukas Eggen.

2nd place – Best Lifestyle Coverage:  story on veterans fly-fishing, “Casting out” Reporter, Lukas Eggen

2nd place – Best Writing:  series of stories on the Polk County economy, “Boy lives through others,” and “Falls City helps grad heal, grow.”

3rd place – Best Local Column: “Reporter prepares self, cat for disaster,” “Emergency plan lessons learned from Hood to Coast,” and “Reporter Jolene volunteers as a guest judge,” Reporter, Jolene Guzman.

3rd place – Best Page One Design:  issues of March 9, March 16, and July 27   Staff of Itemizer


The Dalles Chronicle received honors for:

1st place – Best Lifestyle Coverage: “A life filled with secrets” Reporter, Neita Cecil.

1st place –  Best Graphics: “Big Sky” Reporter, Ray Rodriguez.

2nd place – Best Enterprising Reporting: “Marine mom goes to boot camp” Editor, Raelynn Ricarte

3rd place – Best Editorial Page: “Hawk and dove story no fairytale”; “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”; and “Elections:  Apply the Golden Rule” Editors, RaeLynn Ricardo and Make Gibson.

3rd place – Best Spot News Coverage: “TDHS grad saves lives” Reporter, Neita Cecil