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Kent Reporter takes several awards in WNPA's contest
The Kent Reporter received several awards in the Washington Better Newspaper Contest presented by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) Oct. 4.
Editor Mark Klaas earned first place in the Best Sports Feature for his story on "Fighting to Help", which spotlighted Glenn Hamada's work with young fighters at the Kent East Hill Boxing Club.
Photographer Charles Cortes took second place in Color Feature Photo for his images of the Kent East Hill Boxing Club.
Staff reporter Michelle Conerly earned second place for Best Personality Profile – Short for her story, "Former prisoner turns life around, studies law at UW," which followed Lizzie Reid and her rise from ruins. Conerly also earned third place for Color Portrait (Human or Animal) with her photo of Kent firefighter Jessi Nemens.
The Kent Reporter's creative department – Julie Black, Tamie Beitinger, Marie Skoor and Natalie Routh – earned a third-place honor for its work in Topical/Non-Tourism Special Sections (Kent Senior Resource Guide). Black, Beitinger, Skoor and Publisher Polly Shepherd won a third in Special Events/Festivals Special Sections (Kent Cornucopia Days). Black, Beitinger, Skoor and Jamie Faasse took third in Best Advertising Insert (Let's Eat).
Winners and finalists were announced at an awards dinner Oct. 4 during the WNPA's 126th annual convention in Olympia. Members of the Tennessee Press Association judged the contest.
The Kent Reporter competed against other newspapers in Group IV, a circulation of 12,751 and up.