The Hermiston Herald won four awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers’ Better Newspaper Contest announced today at the organization’s summer convention at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort at Gleneden Beach south of Lincoln City.
Former Herald editor Jessica Keller won a first place award for best editorial writing for a collection of three opinion pieces: Blame ordinances, not commissioners, for strip club, A questionable decision, and Now the fun begins.
Former Herald reporter Maegan Murray won a third place award for Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues for a story headlined It’s all in the Ingredients about Walker’s Farm Kitchen making a name for itself for its food using fresh local ingredients.
Murray also placed third in the Best Lifestyle Coverage category for three stories that were part of a five-part series on the homeless in Hermiston: Christmas just another day for homeless man; Out on the streets; and Hermiston Warming Station safe house for homeless.
Herald sports writer Sam Barbee placed third in the Best Sports Story category for the story Playing with the boys about female quarterback Madison Feigum of the fifth/sixth grad 49ers Grid Kids Football team in Hermiston.
The fill list of winners in all sizes and divisions is available on the Oregon Newspaper Publishers website.