The News&Guide staff was honored with a slew of awards at the 120th Wyoming Press Association conference, including the Hanway Plaque, an award for general excellence, and the Robert Warner Photography Award, an accolade bestowed upon the staff that brings in the most individual photography awards. It also brought home a plaque for Advertising Excellence and a second-place award for Typographic Excellence.
The paper falls into the category of large weeklies, competing against publications like the Buffalo Bulletin, Cody Enterprise, Douglas Budget and Powell Tribune.
“It’s nice to see the judges validating how hard our talented staff works to inform our readers through excellent journalism,” Editor Johanna Love said. “These awards reflect a fraction of the effort our reporters, photographers and editors put in at all hours of the day and night to keep readers informed of news that matters to them.”
Bradly J. Boner, the News&Guide's director of visuals, was named Photographer of the Year among large weeklies.
Boner also won firsts in Spot News, General News and Sports Action photography. He won second place in Scenic photography, an honorable mention in the Sports Action category and an honorable mention for his photo story about a 4-H family.
Photographer Ryan Dorgan won first in Feature photography, as well as an honorable mention; first and second in the Sports Feature category; first in Wildlife photography; second places in Spot News and Portrait/Personality photography and second place for his photo story on wolf monitoring.
The photography staff was awarded “Best Use of Photos” and Dorgan’s photo of an elk head in a convertible car won “Photo of the Year” among daily and weekly publications.
Deputy Editor Melissa Cassutt and reporters Allie Gross, Emily Mieure and Kylie Mohr took first place in the Public Service category for their package, “Survivors Speak,” an in-depth exploration of why sexual assault survivors come forward at different times.
“This subject is controversial and unpleasant to talk about, however it is handled tastefully in this article,” the judges wrote. “It is factual and emotional without heavy bias swinging the pendulum of the story too strongly.”
Mohr, who covers education and health, brought home several additional awards, including first place in Miscellaneous Specialty Reporting for a package of healthcare stories that “were informative in a way that didn’t offer long and technical descriptions,” according to judges. She also won second in the In-depth Reporting category for a four-part series exploring the harm of the opioid epidemic and second in Education Reporting for a package of stories on various school topics.
Reporter and copy editor Tom Hallberg received two first-place awards — a blue ribbon for his feature story “Flying to furever homes” and a first place for a package of arts and entertainment stories, including one that judges said did a “great job of turning a run-of-the-mill” press release into a “fun, informative story.”
Environmental reporter Mike Koshmrl was the first-place winner in the Outdoors/Environmental Reporting category with his package of stories on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which was praised by judges for “excellent writing, great research.” Koshmrl also received an honorable mention in In-depth Reporting for his story, “County: Club work not OK’d.”
Gross, the paper’s county reporter, won two awards for news features — a red ribbon for her story “Building houses, providing homes” — lauded as “excellent reporting on the need for affordable housing in this community” — and an honorable mention for her story “Cafe Genevieve, Sweetwater blocks for sale.”
Cassutt received two additional awards as well, an honorable mention for her feature “Searching for artifacts and ancestry,” and second place in the Sports Feature category for “A Lady Bronc’s place is on the wrestling mat,” a story about the female wrestlers on the Jackson Hole High School wrestling team.
Sports Editor Clark Forster brought home a blue ribbon in the Sports News category for his story ”Support was there when Kauf needed it most,” a story reported from Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the winter Olympics.
“This piece is beautifully written and overflowing with vivid details that pull the reader to the slopes of South Korea that day,” judges wrote.
Forster also brought home second in Sports Column Writing.
News&Guide columnists brought home several honors, including Mountainside columnist Molly Absolon who took the blue ribbon for Sports Column writing, Forster who took second in the same category for his Spitballin’ column, and Common Ground columnist Paul Hansen, a new addition to the News&Guide columnist lineup in 2018, who won first in general Column Writing.
“Strong writing backed up by factual information,” judges wrote of Hansen’s Common Ground column.
News&Guide Chief Designer Andy Edwards brought home several awards, including second place ribbons for Front Page Design, Open Page Design and Use of Graphic Elements, and an honorable mention for an Information Graphic on winemaking.
His submissions to the Front Page Design category were described by judges as “simple, but in the best way.”
Advertising design artist Taylor-Ann Smith received an honorable mention in the Best Designed Ad category.
Advertising Coordinator Maggie Gabruk won Best Brand Promotion using Social Media for promoting the company’s Hole Scroll app.
Audience Engagement Producer Sofia Jaramillo won Best Promotion of a Story Using Social Media for running the summer 2018 #jhpeakpets campaign.
The News&Guide staff received second place for Best Promotion of a Story Using Social Media for its work reporting the Roosevelt Fire. It took first for Best website.
“These awards reflect the great work of our entire Teton Media Works staff,” Associate Publisher Adam Meyer said.
“We also couldn’t serve the community without such an overwhelming base of advertising and reader support. What we do each day and week reflects our commitment to providing this critical community resource.”
—This story has been updated to correct the Photographer of the Year category awarded to News&Guide director of visuals Brad Boner.