Peninsula Journalists Collect 28 Awards at Banquet

     Kenai Peninsula news organizations were well-represented Saturday at the annual Alaska Press Club banquet in Anchorage, where statewide awards are given out for excellence in journalism.

     The Homer News won 10 awards, including first place in the category “Best Reporting on Health or Science,” for a story by Hal Spence called “Invasion of the Hares.” The News also took home second place in the “Best Weekly Newspaper” category.

     The Redoubt Reporter won nine awards, including the Suzan Nightingale McKay “Best Columnist” award for Publisher Jenny Neyman. The Reporter also won first place awards for “Best Business Reporting,” “Best Education Reporting,” Best Headline Writing”and “Best General News Story.”

     The Peninsula Clarion won five awards, including first place in the category “Best Arts Coverage.”

     The Homer Tribune collected two first place awards, for “Best Series and “Best Sports Reporting.”

     KDLL Reporter Shaylon Cochran won a first place award for “Best Sports Reporting” for his story about the Homer versus Soldotna state championship football game.

     KBBI News Director Aaron Selbig took home first place in the “Best Breaking News Story” category, for a story about a fatal plane crash on Beluga Lake.

     All awards were given for work completed in 2012.