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Tooting our own horn: CK Reporter wins 16 WNPA awards

WENATCHEE — The staff of the Central Kitsap Reporter collected 16 awards in this year’s Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Staff photographer Jesse Beals scored eight awards, including first place for best black and white spot news, black and white portfolio and for his portrait of Kevin Manalo. He was awarded second place in black and white best sports action, color spot news, color sports action and color feature photography. His “Homecoming on Chico Creek” placed third in the black and white scenic/pictoral category. Shooting for the Kitsap News Group, Beals won a total of 11 awards.

On the editorial side, sports editor Aaron Managhan placed second for best overall sports section, giving him his first WNPA award.

Editor Sean Lamphere placed second in the best news story category for “Unfit deal leaves CKSD with big debt,” on how the CK School District responded to losing its funding for secondary school weight room equipment. Lamphere was third in breaking news for “Poulsbo woman dies in SR 3 incident” and for best comprehensive coverage on the stories about vandals torching an inflatable duck in Silverdale.

In advertising, the Reporter’s staff won four awards, including a pair of firsts. Bruce Pritchard and Wayne Nelson were first for their “Langlois Pianos Holiday Celebration” ad in the black and white single ad 21 inches or less category. Bryon Kempf and Nelson combined for first place in the use of process color for “Lindal Cedar Homes.”

Kempf also won a second-place award for his “West Sound Wedding Expo” in the special sections cover category. Rita Nicholson and Pritchard were second in the use of clip art category for “Kitsap County Health District.”

In total, Sound Publishing Inc. won 149 WNPA awards.

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