Photo courtesy of Kitsap Daily News | Bainbridge Island Review editor Brian Kelly and yours truly pose with a sampling of our awards, won this year in the Better Newspaper Contest. 

I was truly honored to be named the 2018 Feature Writer of the Year in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Thank you to all the judges and officials, it’s very gratifying to know my work resonated with people outside the Seattle area, too.

In total, the Kitsap News Group won 45 awards!

I took home seven awards myself, including first-place wins in Personality Profile (long) and Sports Personality Profile; and third-place wins for Business Feature Story, Comprehensive Coverage (single writer), Story on the Arts and News of the Weird.

Brian Kelly, the editor of the Bainbridge Island Review, and my mentor, won six awards, including first-place wins in Breaking News Story, Crime and Court Story, Front Page Design and Feature Photo (black and white).

The Review also placed second in the General Excellence category, which might have been the most exciting accolade of all!

You can read a full list of the group’s awards here (and see my short video Q&A with the regional editor. 

Thanks again to all the judges and readers. I’m so proud to be a journalist working in America today. It is a noble, important occupation.