News Tribune awarded for distinguished reporting

The News Tribune last week received two Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting.

First place in enterprise reporting went to Kari Plog for her story about the eight people who mistakenly drove their cars down the boat launch and into the water at the Narrows Marina in Tacoma. The accidents over the past 17 years resulted in four deaths.

The News Tribune staff was awarded second place in the breaking news category for coverage of the house fire last year on Fox Island that killed Dr. Tom Babson and his 8-year-old daughter, Allie. Stacia Glenn reported from the scene throughout that day with assistance from reporters Adam Lynn and Debbie Cafazzo. Photographers Dean Koepfler, Lui Kit Wong and Lee Giles III shot photos and video.

The Blethen Awards are named for C.B. Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times from 1915 to 1941. The contest is open to daily newspapers from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia. The News Tribune competes in the large newspaper category.