Statesman-Examiner staff wins numerous awards

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Staff Writer

The Statesman-Examiner staff brought home numerous awards Friday from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The newspaper’s classified advertising/circulation specialist, Laura Martin, brought home the biggest honor — the prestitious Pinnacle Award — from the gala celebration at Red Lion.
The award, a transparent teardrop-shaped trophy, recognizes statewide advertising sales.
Martin sold more 2-column by 2-inch ads into publications around the state than any other member newspaper employee.
The honor also came with a $1,000 prize.
Staff advertising specialist Shannon Chapman accepted the award during a luncheon at the Red Lion Yakima on behalf of Martin.
Martin wasn’t the only one to win an award, however.
The staff won several other advertising awards, as well as news and photography honors.
The newspaper was recognized as having the second-best web page from among all member newspapers in the state.
Afton Corbett and Chapman teamed up to win the first place award for Groups 1-2 in for a half-page or larger ad for a single advertiser. The award-wining advertisement was on CannaFest.
The two also teamed up with Bonni Haskell to win third-place for a multiple-advertiser promotion larger than one page.
Mel Anderson grabbed a second-place for Groups 1&2 general interest column writing.
Former reporter Katie Leithead brought home three awards for her efforts. She won third place for short news story and social issue reporting. And grabbed third place for color sports action in Group 2.
Meanwhile, former Publisher Jesse Mullen also grabbed a second for color feature photography.
Two new members of the Statesman-Examiner team were also recognized for their work last year at other publications.
Political cartoonist Brad Skiff took first- and second-place for his renditions depicting issues in Washington state.
Skiff draws on behalf of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, but his political cartoons have become a mainstay on the Statesman-Examiner Opinion page in the last month.
Outside of his political drawings, Skiff is an art teacher at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport.
New Publisher Roger Harnack racked up several awards for reporting, design and photography for his work at The Daily Sun in Sunnyside.
Harnack and his team received first place for special section cover design and front page design.
He took second place for breaking news coverage.
Harnack also won first place for color sports action, breaking news and color sports feature photogaphy.
He closed out the gala after being named Photographer of the Year among all member newspapers.
Brandon Hansen of the Chewelah Independent was second runner-up for that award.
Hansen also won several other writing and photography awards, as did Chris Thew of Republic, formerly of The Chronicle.