WENATCHEE Current and former Daily Sun staffers brought home numerous small-newspaper awards Friday night for their work last year.
Production Manager Job Wise, graphic artist Ileana Martinez and office manager Debbie Guerrero each brought home a first-place award from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association conference and gala at Red Lion Hotel.
The Daily Sun’s entire current news and graphics arts teams all won awards.
“I’m extremely proud of the effort by all our staff,” said Publisher Roger Harnack, who himself won a first-place and other awards. “Our graphic artists showed they are among the best of the best in the state, offering great designs for our advertising customers and readers.
“And it’s rare for a newspaper’s entire reporting and editing staff to come home with an award.”
Martinez and Guerrero combined efforts to win the award for best promotion of a newspaper with their 20th anniversary special.
Wise took first place for his food drive program in conjunction with Grand Cinema of Sunnyside. He also took first for the best use of clip art in his “Bowling with Seahawks” ad featuring Valley Lanes.
He shared a second-place topical/non-tourism section award with Julia Hart and Daily Sun staff for their “A Salute to Veterans” project last November.
“A beautiful cover and a really nice tribute to our military and veterans,” contest judges commented. “The newspaper staff did its homework on the community.”
In the same category, Wise shared third place for “A Salute to Dairies” with former Publisher Tim Graff and former Managing Editor Bob Story.
Harnack won several awards for his work at both the Daily Sun and The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, sister publications within Eagle Newspapers, Inc.
Harnack was named as the state’s best columnist for his weekly “On the Hot Seat” column which has appeared in both newspapers. He was named runner-up as Photographer of the Year among all newspapers for work that was published in both Sunnyside and Omak.
He won third place for sports page design while at the Daily Sun. And for previous work at The Chronicle, he won second place in government reporting and shared second place honors for “Ring of Fire,”a photo essay that also featured the work of Chronicle Sports Editor Al Camp of Okanogan, rancher Nicole Kuchenbuch of Conconully and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The photo essay showed images of “Hellstorm” 2015, the series of wildfires that destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry and Stevens counties.
Camp’s sports photography also appears several times a year in the Daily Sun. Camp won the top sports action photo award as well as the first-place business news writing award.
Artist Brad Skiff, an art teacher at Bridgeport High School who draws for both The Chronicle and Daily Sun, took both first- and second places among all newspapers for his political cartoons.
Wise, Martinez, Skiff and graphic artist Elaine Schneider also shared first place for the most original idea for an advertisement.
Other Daily Sun staffers recognized Friday night include:
• Managing Editor John Fannin – Second place, editorial writing, for “Wanted: State leaders who lead.”
• Reporter Jennie McGhan – Second place, business feature writing, for “Winery by Experimentation.”
• Schneider – Third-place awards for best branding ad for Smith Funeral Home and best youth-oriented content with “Hop on down and visit the Easter Bunny.”
• Former advertising representative Kim Taylor Morris' – second place for humor in advertising for “Back to School” and third place for best use of color for “Stay and Play.”
The awards were presented Friday night during the three-day newspaper conference, co-sponsored by the Daily Sun and The Chronicle.
The conference featured training and informational sessions for writers, photographers, editors, advertising and other newspaper employees stated-wide.
Daily Sun publisher Harnack was among the presenters, leading the program on new ideas Saturday.