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Honors from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association include Best Writing, Best Feature Story and Best Spot News Coverage.

News-Times editors, reporters and photographers brought home a handful of awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association earlier this month.

The News-Times, along with its sister publication, the Hillsboro Tribune — which share several reporters and photographers — won a total of nine awards for writing and photography.

STEPHANIE HAUGENThe papers were judged as part of the 2017 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper Contest and Associate Member contest.

Individual honors for the News-Times, which were announced July 13-14 during the ONPA's summer convention in Bend, included best general feature, best spot news, best educational coverage, best lifestyle coverage, best writing, best feature photo and best spot news photo.

The Tribune's individual honors included best breaking news coverage, best writing, best profiles on community members and best photography.

Reporter Stephanie Haugen took first place in the General Feature category for her story about the Forest Grove police chief opening up about being sexually assaulted.

Haugen and Associate Editor Jill Smith took first place in Spot News for their #StandUpFG coverage of last spring's racial tensions and walkout at Forest Grove High.

Smith and Haugen's stories 'Prejudice problems spill out of high school' and Racial slur aimed at teacher ignites firestorm brought home awards for both Best Educational Coverage and a first place for Best Writing.

Haugen won third place in Best Personality Feature for her profile of Ron Dains, "Once upon a time," whose service as a Forest Grove Library volunteer took him from grief and depression to a better life, and third place in Best Lifestyle Coverage for "To serve and recruit," a story about the changing face of service organizations like Rotary and the Elks.

Former photographer Chase Allgood won second place in the Feature Photo category for his photo of a jumping frog and former reporter Travis Loose won third place in the Best News Photo category for his image of a flag-carrying student protester during the FGHS walkout. JILL SMITH

For the Hillsboro Tribune, Associate Editor Geoff Pursinger took home first place in the coveted Best Writing category for stories on Laika animation studio. He also won awards for stories about layoffs at Intel and local winemakers.

"The ONPA awards tell us the work we do is respected by our professional peers, and that's rewarding," said Managing Editor Nancy Townsley. "But even more important is realizing how much our stories and photos mean to the communities we cover. What we do week in and week out matters, and these accolades confirm and underscore that fact."

The News-Times' parent company, Pamplin Media Group, brought home nearly 100 awards, including General Excellence nods for the Gresham Outlook, Sandy Post, South County Spotlight and West Linn Tidings. This year's contest was judged by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

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