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Congratulations to our 2012 SPJ Gala Award winners!

The Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has selected the winners of our annual Gala Awards, including two brand new awards designed to honor the year’s standout journalists.

All will be honored at the May 18 SPJ Awards Gala along with the winners of the Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. Come celebrate excellence in our craft with drinks, dinner and great company. (Today is the last day to purchase early bird tickets! Get them here.)

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to all who submitted dozens of inspiring nominations from around the region! Learn more about the award categories in our previous post.

June Anderson Almquist Award for lifetime achievement

  • Joel Connelly,

After four decades of reporting, writing and examining, Joel still uses his carefully chosen words to check those in power and to give documented reason for change. He offers a take on politics and environmental issues that is unique and valuable.

Journalist of the Year

  • Lewis Kamb, The Tacoma News-Tribune

“As his work in 2012 attests, he deftly balances his important duties covering public affairs as a city hall beat reporter, with thoughtful and meaningful investigative work that packs a punch and fosters change.”

New Journalist of the Year

  • Brian Rosenthal, The Seattle Times

“2012 was Brian’s first full year at The Seattle Times and he made a huge mark. We gave him one big assignment after another, and he completely owned every one of them.”

  • Natalie St. John, The Daily News of Longview

“Natalie joined our newspaper staff a little over a year ago. In that short time, her resourcefulness, curiosity and drive have enabled her to produce solid reports on issues that had been in the news for some time but had escaped many other reporters’ scrutiny.”

  • Lynsi Burton, The Skagit Valley Herald

“Lynsi has worked at the Skagit Valley Herald for a little over two years.  In that time, she has reported on the seedy underbelly of Skagit County’s crime scene. She cares deeply about the community and shows readers how crime impacts their lives every day.”


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