The Idaho Mountain Express is at the "pinnacle" of Idaho journalism once again.
The newspaper garnered 29 awards for excellence at the annual Idaho Press Club awards banquet Saturday, April 17, in Boise.
The Express received 28 awards in individual and group categories in the club's Best of 2009 awards contest, earning the newspaper the Pinnacle Award for overall success among non-daily publications in Idaho. The Pinnacle Award is given only to two newspapers in the state, the daily and non-daily that earn the most awards in all competitive categories combined. The Idaho Statesman won the Pinnacle Award for dailies.
The Express has won the Pinnacle Award—formerly called the Sweepstakes Award—each of the last 10 years.
The twice-weekly Express took home first place in nine categories for non-dailies, including Headlines, Editorial, Special Section, Political Reporting and Business Reporting. Express reporter Trevon Milliard received the Rookie of the Year award for the best work by a new journalist.
All awards were for work done in the 2009 calendar year.
Sun Valley Guide magazine, produced by Express Publishing, took home the General Excellence award for magazines. The quarterly magazine won 10 awards at the event, including four first-place honors for writing and production.
The Weekly Paper in Hailey won one award, a second place in the Specialty Column category.
Here is a complete list of awards won by the Express and Sun Valley Guide:
1st Boise Weekly
2nd The Star-News (McCall)
3rd Idaho Mountain Express
1st Gregory Foley—Idaho Mountain Express—"Wagon Days 2009"
2nd Gregory Foley—Idaho Mountain Express—"Christmas 2009"
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1st Trevon Milliard—Idaho Mountain Express
WEBSITE GENERAL EXCELLENCE—WEEKLY
3rd Idaho Mountain Express
GENERAL NEWS STORY
2nd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—"Fired worker wants justice"
SPOT NEWS COVERAGE
2nd Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—"The long haul begins"
3rd Trevon Milliard—Idaho Mountain Express—"An honorable man"
2nd Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—"A walk in the wild"
1st Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—"Running makes a difference in Brad Mitchell's life"
2nd Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—"Don Felder brings 'Hotel California' concert to pavilion"
1st Pat Murphy—Idaho Mountain Express—"Other Views"
1st Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express
2nd Pat Murphy—Idaho Mountain Express
3rd Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express
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1st Staff—Idaho Mountain Express
SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
2nd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—"Seasons Collide"
3rd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—"Charges Dismissed"
2nd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—"Boogie 'til the cows come home"
GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
1st Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—"Baldy Views Now Available"
2nd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—"Hundreds of Sockeye Return Home"
1st Trevon Milliard—Idaho Mountain Express—"Councilor ends term with poor attendance"
2nd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—"Percentage of Hispanics on rise at Woodside school"
1st Trevon Milliard—Idaho Mountain Express—"Was Cash for Clunkers a success?"
2nd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—"Sheriff rebuts claim of evidence tampering"
3rd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—"High court considers Hanks' home dispute"
3rd Trevon Milliard—Idaho Mountain Express—"Making hospital cuisine green"
Honorable Mention—Sabina Dana Plasse—Idaho Mountain Express—"Soldiers seek a new beginning"
1st Jennifer Tuohy & Tony Barriatua—Sun Valley Guide—Summer 2009
MAGAZINE WRITING—SERIOUS FEATURE
3rd Greg Moore—Sun Valley Guide—"Masters of the Steep"
MAGAZINE WRITING—LIGHT FEATURE
1st Jennifer Tuohy & Contributors—Sun Valley Guide—"25 Reasons We Live in Sun Valley"
2nd Jennifer Tuohy—Sun Valley Guide—"Blooming in Bellevue"
3rd Jennifer Tuohy—Sun Valley Guide --"Something Borrowed, Something Green"
1st Van Gordon Sauter—Sun Valley Guide—"The Idaho Book Shelf"
2nd Pat Murphy—Sun Valley Guide—"Last Lick"
3rd Pat Murphy—Sun Valley Guide—"Number It"
1st Tony Barriatua—Sun Valley Guide—"Summer 2009"
WEBSITE GENERAL EXCELLENCE—MAGAZINE
1st Colin McCauley—Sun Valley Guide