Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Express, Sun Valley Guide win press awards


The Idaho Mountain Express and Sun Valley Guide won 35 awards at the annual Idaho Press Club's Best of 2008 awards ceremony in Boise Saturday. The Express brought home the "Pinnacle Award" for the newspaper that wins the most awards in the contest.

"The Express is committed to good journalism, and these awards show that," said Express Publisher Pam Morris.

The staff of the Express Web site,, won first place in the Web Site General Excellence category. The Express took second place statewide in the General Excellence category for non-daily newspapers.

In the Spot News category, reporter Jon Duval won first place for his coverage of the Whiskey Jacques' fire. Jason Kauffman won second place for his coverage of the trial of anti-wolf activist Ron Gillett in Challis.

Kauffman won third place in the Serious Feature competition for his story about archaeological research in the Sawtooth Valley.

In the Light Feature category, Terry Smith won an honorable mention for a story about the homeless in Hailey.

Kauffman also won a second-place award for his "Living With Wolves" series.

In the Outdoor Feature category, Tony Evans won first place for his story about ice fishing.

Sports Editor Jeff Cordes swept the Sports News category, winning all three awards. He also won a second place and honorable mention in the Sports Feature category.

In the Specialty Column category, Jon Duval's "Wanderlust Interrupted" won first place. Second place was taken by Gregory Foley for his "Food for Thought" column.

Idaho Mountain Express photographer Willy Cook swept the Feature Photography category. Cook also placed first in the Spot News Photography category. In the Sports Photography category, Cook won first and third place.

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Express Arts Editor Sabina Dana Plasse won second place in Arts and Entertainment Reporting for her feature on the loss of live music venues in the valley.

Plasse also won a third place in Business Reporting for her story about Blaine County entrepreneurs.

In Education Reporting, Terry Smith won first place for his story about Blaine County School District's dual-immersion program. Tony Evans won third place.

Smith also won a second place in Agriculture Reporting for a story about hemp. Dana DuGan won third place.

In Crime and Courts Reporting, Smith won first place.

Kauffman won second, third and honorable mention in the Environment Reporting category.

In Health and Medical Reporting, DuGan won second and third place.

Gregory Foley won first place for the 2008 Fourth of July special section.

The Sun Valley Guide magazine won several awards for its publications in 2008. The magazine won first place in the General Excellence category, for the summer 2008 issue.

The Sun Valley Guide swept the Serious Feature category for stories by Jason Kauffman, Van Gordon Sauter and Dean Ferguson. Kauffman's story, "Tracking A Phantom," about wolves, won first place.

Jon Duval's story "Confessions of a Cocktail Snob" won second place in the Light Feature category for magazines.

Colin McCauley won first place for General Excellence in the Magazine Web Site category.

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