Capital Press reporter wins national award

Capital Press staff writer Cookson Beecher has won a second-place award in a national journalism contest for a photograph she took of a young girl running through the tulips during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

The National Federation of Press Women selected the entry for the award in the “feature photograph” category of the non-daily division.

Earlier this year, the same photo won a first-place award in the Washington Press Association competition, which qualified the photograph to be entered in the national contest. In the national contest, first-place entries in state contests compete against other first-place entries.

Beecher also won the runner-up sweepstakes award in the Washington Press Association’s Communicator of Excellence competition. Besides the first-place photo award, she won another photo award, as well as awards in the “news,” “editorial daily” and “series” categories.

Beecher has worked for Capital Press for 12 years.

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