News Tribune reporter wins state press award

The News TribuneApril 28, 2014 

News Tribune reporter Kate Martin was honored Saturday with the Communicator of Excellence Sweepstakes Award by the Washington Press Association.

The awards were announced at the association’s yearly banquet. The Sweepstakes Award goes to the year’s top performer based on a points system for his or her winning entries.

Martin, who came to The News Tribune in September from the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon and now covers the city of Tacoma, was cited for a body of work that included two first-place nods in the Daily Newspapers category for stories she wrote for The News Tribune in 2013:

 • General news: “Amtrak station could bring major alterations,” from December.

 • Consumer affairs: “Charities claim issues with organizer of beer festivals,” from November.

Martin also earned eight awards — three first place, four second place and one honorable mention — for pieces she wrote for other publications.

News Tribune columnist Bill Virgin earned a second-place award Saturday in the business columns category for “What’s rolling around inside the governor’s head about Boeing,” which appeared in May.

Staff report

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