The Bainbridge Island Review took first and the North Kitsap Herald second in General Excellence in their respective circulation categories at the recent Washington Newspaper Publishers Association online convention.
The Review took first in the smallest circulation category Group 1 with then-staffers Brian Kelly and Luciano Marano. Judges said: “This is a beautiful newspaper. Page layouts are clean, compelling, colorful, inviting. Paper is chock full of fabulous local advertising – gorgeous. Local content is comprehensive and presented well. It is wonderful to see a great newspaper.”
The Herald was second in the second-largest circulation category Group 3 with current staffers Ken Park, Tyler Shuey and Mark Krulish, along with ex-staffer Nick Tweitmeyer.
Steve Powell, current interim editor, took first place as editor of The Marysville Globe in the largest circulation category Group 4.
Krulish took an individual first place award in Sports Profile for “Cancer won’t stop youngster,” and Powell took one in Sports Features. Kelly won one in General News Photo for “Grace in Isolation.”
The Port Orchard Independent took second in Special Sections with Bob Smith, Twietmeyer, Kelly, Raquee Rivera and Bryon Kempf.
Earning second-place honors were: Marano for Feature Writer of the Year, Kelly for Front Page Design and Smith in Lifetyle Feature with “Artist keeping art form alive.”
Powell took a third place in Sports News for the Arlington Times.
The Sound Publishing newspapers in Kitsap County also excelled in the many different advertising categories, led by Rivera.
She teamed with Brittany Tatro for first place for an ad on Marie Bennett of Sotheby’s and another on Claudia Powers of Sotheby’s. They combined for a second for an ad on Barb McKenzie of Coldwell Banker. And the pair teamed up for a third-place award on Powers.
Rivera teamed with Marlene Martinez for a first-place award on Ace Hardware. They also paired up for a third place for an ad on the Edible Garden Tour.
She also teamed with Brenda Jorgens for a third on Saint Antony’s.