The Daily Record took home 20 awards for reporting, advertising design and special sections at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual awards at Lake Chelan earlier this month.
Daily Record visuals editor Brian Myrick was named photographer of the year for the second year in a row for a portfolio of work. He also took home second and third place awards for photographs of youth baseball, bald eagles and spot news.
Daily Record sports editor Danny Schmidt won a first place award for investigative reporting for a story about ex-Central Washington University football coach Blaine Bennett, and Justin Pittman and Mike Johnston won first place for comprehensive coverage for a series of stories about the state purchase of land in the Teanaway called “Untangling the Teanaway.”
Lauren Takores won first place for lifestyle feature story for a story about reduced food stamp benefits.
Andy Matarrese won second place awards in crime reporting for coverage of heroin in Kittitas County and for business reporting for a story about marijuana’s effect on local agriculture. Matt Carstens won a second place arts coverage award for a story about a music lecturer at CWU.
Daily Record staff also were honored for work on special sections. The 2014 Central Washington Visitors Guide won a first place award for tourism and community guides, and the Hometown Holidays publication won a second place award for special event publications. Both were designed by Cait Rainsberry. Gary Peterson won a first place award for best special section cover for this year’s Spirit of the West publication.
Rainsberry, Peterson and Daniel Chiqui took home six other awards for advertising design.