The Camas-Washougal Post-Record won 13 statewide journalism awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2022 “Better Newspaper Contest” awards ceremony held Oct. 8 in Bellingham, Washington.
Editor Kelly Moyer won second place in WNPA’s annual “News Writer of the Year” category. Other awards included six first place awards, five second place awards and one third place award.
First place reporting awards included:
- Business News Article – for “Upping al fresco,” an article exploring a Camas business’s efforts to expand its outdoor dining after hitting roadblocks with the town of Camas, by Kelly Moyer;
- Full Coverage (Single Writer) – for Moyer’s coverage of Discover Recovery, a drug treatment and rehabilitation center that encountered fierce community opposition when its owners applied for a conditional use permit for a site in the Prune Hill neighborhood of Camas near Dorothy Fox Elementary School;
- COVID-19 coverage – for “Safety is the Most Important Thing,” an article detailing teachers’ views on returning to full-time classrooms, by Kelly Moyer;
- Environmental Story – for “Teenagers Tackle Toxic Algae,” an article about Camas teenagers who developed an algae-eating device to help clean the water in Lake Camas, by Kelly Moyer;
- Sports Reporting – for ‘Football Helps Teenage Camas Cope With Mental Health Diagnoses’, a story featuring teenage Camas’ quest to find balance and health after being diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar depression, by Doug Flanagan; and
- Sports Personality Profile – for “The Comeback Kid,” a feature on Washougal basketball player McKenna Jackson and her rebound from injury, by Doug Flanagan.
Second place reporting awards included:
- Business Reporting – for ‘Washougal Couple Embrace Full-Time Farm Life’, on Andra and John Spencer’s efforts to build Get To-Gather Farm in Washougal, by Doug Flanagan;
- Full Coverage (Single Writer) – for Kelly Moyer’s coverage of a Washougal medical assistant whose medical license was suspended after he openly opposed public health rules during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegedly prescribes unproven drugs to treat critically ill COVID-positive patients;
- Election History – for “Far Beyond Typical Politics,” a story by Kelly Moyer, which describes far-right attempts to derail then-Washougal School Board member Donna Sinclair in the 2021 general election;
- General Reporting (Long) — for Doug Flanagan’s story, “Making a more beautiful Washougal”, which describes the efforts of Washougal art students to beautify a bustling corner of the city’s commercial street on “E” Street ; and
- Government History – for “‘Unsustainable’ Firefighter Merger”, a story by Kelly Moyer detailing the disputes between the towns of Camas and Washougal over the future of the joint Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
Post-Record reporter Doug Flanagan also won a “sports personality profile” award for third place for an article about Cassie Templer, the only member of the 2020-21 Camas girls’ bowling team.