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KUOW and partners honored by Society of Professional Journalists

KUOW awardees Posey Gruener, Liz Jones, Joshua McNichols, Patricia Murphy, Kate O'Connell and John Ryan.
KUOW awardees Posey Gruener, Liz Jones, Joshua McNichols, Patricia Murphy, Kate O'Connell and John Ryan.

The KUOW news team and our colleagues at Northwest News Network took home multiple awards this Saturday in Seattle at the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Award Gala, winning in radio categories that included News Reporting, Investigative Reporting, News Series, Special Report, Sports Reporting and Spot News Reporting.

Special honors go to KUOW producer Kate O’Connell for winning New Journalist of the Year Award, and to Tri-Cities correspondent Anna King, who was named Journalist of the Year in recognition of her reporting and her mentoring of aspiring journalists.

A complete list of this year’s winners is available here.

Congratulations to KUOW’s talented and award-winning news team!

General News Reporting

1st place – "Mother Agonizes As Mentally Ill Inmates Continue To Languish In Washington Jails," by Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network

2nd place – "In Auburn, 911 Wants To Know If You’re A Veteran," by Patricia Murphy, edited by Adam Hochberg

3rd place – "Using White Privilege To Fight Racism: A Young Activist's Dream," by Paul Kiefer, edited by Lila Kitaeff and Carol Smith

Investigative Reporting

3rd place – "Should Judges Lock Kids Up For Skipping School?," by Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network

News Series

2nd place – "Seattle’s Homeless: No End in Sight," by John Ryan and Jeannie Yandel, edited by Carol Smith

Special Report

1st place – "Why This Teen Stopped Hiding Her Dad's Abuse," by Noel Gasca, edited by Lila  Kitaeff and Jenny Asarnow

2nd place – "Why Is There So Much Prostitution On Aurora Avenue In Seattle?," by Posey Gruener, edited by Jim Gates

3rd place – "Daughters of Hanford," by Anna King, Northwest News Network

Sports Reporting

1st place – "The Surprising Place Where Some Seahawks Fans Gather," by Joshua McNichols, edited by Derek Wang

Spot News Reporting

1st place – Washington Wildfires, by Anna King, Northwest News Network

3rd place – "International District Mourns Shooting Victim Donald Chin," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith