OPB was recognized with six awards at the regional Society of Professional Journalists annual awards banquet held Saturday, June 2 in Seattle.

Rob Manning was recognized with a first-place award for Investigative News for his story last fall on Measure 39.

Colin Fogarty won second-place in the General News category for his story on the Sandy River flooding.

Allison Frost and the entire staff won second-place for OREGON CONSIDERED in the Newscast category.

A staff effort under the direction of Christy George took third place for the pandemic flu preparation series in the News Series category.

Kristian Foden-Vencil won third place for “Meals on Wheels — for Fido!” in the Feature News category, and April Baer scored the Honorable Mention in the same category for her story on “Music Therapy.”

The Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest is among the oldest and largest regional contests in the country. About 2,900 entries were submitted in the regional contest, which includes categories in newspapers, television, online, alternative newspapers and radio. Region 10 includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.

Professional journalists in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Utah and Texas judged the entries.

“Judges were impressed by the high caliber of journalism performed daily throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Nathan Isaacs, SPJ’s Region 10 director.

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s Television, Radio and Internet services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.