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The Times earns 15 reporting, photography, design awards

     The Times brought home four first-place awards and a top award in general excellence (second place) in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's 2013 Better Newspaper contest.

The association's awards were announced Friday during ONPA's three-day gathering in Bend.

Sports editor Dan Brood won two awards in the best sports story category — first place for "Battling to be the best" and third place for his story "A Tiger at the Series."

These aren't the first awards The Times has claimed this year. In May, many of these same stories and photos were recognized by the Society of Professional Journalist

Brood also swept the best sports photo category with three of his sports images: Sherwood girls' soccer team competing at state, Tigard hurdler Sean McGetrick's race at state , and the Bowmen winning the 2012 state championship in football.

Tigard reporter Geoff Pursinger earned first place for best educational coverage with his story "Schools boost language development with immersion programs." He also claimed third place in best spot news coverage for his article about a Tigard man stuck in Southeastern Oregon "Stranded on Steens."

Tualatin reporter Saundra Sorenson took second place in best spot news for her coverage of the Lukus Glenn trial and earned third place for best lifestyle coverage with her story about a Tualatin man reuniting with the emergency crew who revived him after he went into cardiac arrest, "A heartfelt thank you."

Staff photographer Jaime Valdez took first place for best feature photo with his image from the Tigard Festival of Balloons,which we liked so much we used it for the cover of this year's festival magazine, and photographer Jonathan House claimed second place with his photo from the Tualatin Riverkeepers' annual Discovery Day. House and Valdez teamed up to win a third-place award with their photo essay called "Festival of Fun."

Valdez won second place for his striking portrait of Jeff Keller at the patriotic memorial for his son Pfc. Andrew Keller, a Tigard soldier killed in Afghanistan. Valdez also earned second place for best photo essay with a collection of images called "Tribute to a Hero," documenting the memorial service honoring Keller's life of service, which also ran in The Times' sister publication, the Beaverton Valley Times.

Associate editor and page designer Jessie Kirk earned second place in best page one design..

In all, Pamplin Media Group’s 24 newspapers collected more than 70 awards in the contest that covered newspaper articles and photos published in 2012.

The Beaverton Valley Times, which shares the same managing editor, page designer, photographers and Living Here section with the The Times, also won a third-place top award for general excellence in its circulation category in addition to awards for best personality feature story, spot news coverage, writing, enterprise reporting, general feature story, photo essay and sports story.




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