By NR Staff • 

News-Register honored with 18 awards

Photographer Marcus Larson won first place for news photography for a picture of Scotty’s Playhouse and first in feature photography for a picture of students on a climbing wall at Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School’s art and science fair. He also placed second in sports photography for a picture of team members hugging their coach.

Reporter Starla Pointer won two first-place awards as well. One came in the general feature category for a story about community members’ memories of the Columbus Day Storm, and the other in education reporting for a story about kindergartners on the first day of school. She also picked up a third in feature writing for her coverage of the 100th anniversary of Westerlook, a Carlton residence.

Reporter Paul Daquilante took first-place in spot-news reporting for coverage of a murder-suicide that resulted in the death of an entire family in Dundee. He also placed third in the news feature category for a followup story about the role Facebook played in discovering the incident.

Reporter Nathalie Hardy took top honors in column writing for a selection of her “Raising the Hardy Boys” columns. She also contributed a sidebar to Daquilante’s first-place reporting on the Dundee murder-suicide.

Sports editor Ben Schorzman claimed first-place honors in the sports photography category for capturing a winning jump at a track meet.

The News-Register took first in page design for a joint effort of news editor Ossie Bladine (front page) and community editor Racheal Winter (section front).

Reporter Nicole Montesano picked up seconds in government reporting for “Council taken to task over corporate money” and consumer and lifestyle writing for “Pantry Power.” In the environmental reporting category, she picked up a second for a feature on climate change and third for a story on the growing problem of used plastics.

Business editor Molly Walker placed second in the business news category for a story about credit card companies taking users to court.

Publisher Jeb Bladine’s “Whatchamacolumn” placed third in the best column category. Bladine and Cassie Sollars, former editorial page editor, placed third in the best editorial category for a piece calling for PERS reform.

The News-Register competed in the division for non-daily papers with circulation of more than 8,000. Other papers in that category include Willamette Week, the Portland Tribune, the Portland Business Journal and the Gresham Outlook.

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