The staff of the Idaho Mountain Express collected 49 awards for excellence in journalism Saturday night at the Idaho Press Club’s annual awards banquet in Boise, including the top award for overall excellence among non-daily newspapers in the state.

The club—the primary press association in Idaho—awarded the Express first place in the General Excellence category, which judges newspapers on facets including writing, originality, viewer interest and enterprise.

The Express also won the Pinnacle Award for non-daily newspapers. The Pinnacle Award is given to newspapers and television stations that have the highest number of winning entries in their respective category.

The club’s Best of 2018 awards recognized excellence in print, television, periodical, public relations and radio journalism done throughout the state in 2018. Express staff members earned awards for news reporting, feature writing, editorial writing, photography, columns, page design, special sections, sports reporting, arts reporting, graphics and the newspaper website.

“We’re proud of the strong showing by the entire Express team,” said Editor Greg Foley. “These and other awards the staff have earned are a testament to their commitment to high-quality journalism.”

Here is a complete list of newspaper and other awards won by entrants from the Wood River Valley:

Weekly Newspaper

GENERAL EXCELLENCE—WEEKLY PRINT

1st       Idaho Mountain Express

2nd       Sandpoint Reader

3rd        Teton Valley News


PINNACLE AWARD

(Highest number of winning entries—Best of 2018.)

WEEKLY—Idaho Mountain Express


GENERAL NEWS STORY—WEEKLY PRINT

1st Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“This is North Fork”

3rd Peter Jensen—Idaho Mountain Express—“Residents seek a return to normal following Sharps Fire”


SPOT NEWS COVERAGE—WEEKLY PRINT

1st Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“One month after Parkland, students demand to be heard”

2nd Joshua Murdock, Greg Foley—Idaho Mountain Express—“Sharps Fire exceeds 50,000 acres”

3rd Peter Jensen, Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Fire ravages Warm Springs Lodge”


WATCHDOG/INVESTIGATIVE REPORT—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Joshua Murdock, Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Blaine County follows controversial immigration policy”

2nd       Peter Jensen—Idaho Mountain Express—“After 415K in investment, KIC plans major revamp”


SERIOUS FEATURE REPORT—WEEKLY PRINT  

1st        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Everything I have is here”

2nd       Greg Moore—Idaho Mountain Express—“Road deicing increases safety at a cost to car owners”


LIGHT FEATURE REPORT—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Sorry, we’re (still) open’’

2nd       Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“From wags to riches”


SERIES—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Recycling in Blaine County”

2nd       Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—“Valley boaters tackle the great Blue Nile”


SPORTS NEWS COVERAGE—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Suns seize command early”

2nd       Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Knight’s goal starts off team USA”

3rd        Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Chase Josey makes Olympic halfpipe final”


SPORTS FEATURE STORY—WEEKLY PRINT

2nd       Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Cycling’s long road appeals to Sara Youmans”

3rd        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Back in the saddle, again”


SPORTS PREP STORY

2nd       Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“3 peaks, all in a day”

3rd        Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Cutthroat boys streak to state”


GENERAL COLUMN—WEEKLY PRINT

2nd       Peter Jensen—Idaho Mountain Express—“Historical Reflections”


SPECIALTY COLUMN—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—“Valley People”


EDITORIAL—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express—“Let ’em rot”

2nd       Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express—“You’re on your own”

3rd        Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express—“The Secesh 29”


HEADLINES—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Dreamers, ‘deferred’; Buy hard: Willis sells Hailey home; Build it up, Buttercup? Neighbor says no”

2nd       Alejandra Buitrago—Idaho Mountain Express—“Dog-diving competition to deliver king canine in Ketchum”


PAGE DESIGN—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Tony Barriatua—Idaho Mountain Express—“Snow”

2nd       Tony Barriatua—Idaho Mountain Express—“Arts”

3rd        Erik Elison—Idaho Mountain Express—“John Kerry PDF”


GRAPHICS—WEEKLY PRINT

1st       Kristen Kaiser—Idaho Mountain Express—“Wagon Days 2018”

2nd       Kristen Kaiser—Idaho Mountain Express—“Alpine Championships”


ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Joshua Murdock—Idaho Mountain Express—“Warren Miller’s free spirit defines annual film”


POLITICAL REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

2nd       Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—“High-cost housing and low wages highlight ‘state of cities’ meeting”


ELECTION REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Peter Jensen—Idaho Mountain Express—“Idaho candidates debate action on climate change”


EDUCATION REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Idaho is last in pre-K participation”


BUSINESS REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“With name tags and name drops, Allen & Co. takes over Sun Valley”

2nd       Peter Jensen—Idaho Mountain Express—“Visit Sun Valley to roll out new branding”


AGRICULTURE REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

2nd       Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“There’s something in all of this”

RELIGION REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

2nd       Joshua Murdock—Idaho Mountain Express—“Valley faithful carry holidays’ goodwill all year”


ENVIRONMENT REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Greg Moore—Idaho Mountain Express—“Wolf killed by Wildlife Services in September”


HEALTH/MEDICAL REPORTING—WEEKLY PRINT

2nd       Mark Dee—Idaho Mountain Express—“Schools scramble to battle vaping”


SPECIAL SECTION—WEEKLY PRINT

3rd        Gregory Foley—Idaho Mountain Express—“Sun Valley Film Festival 2018”


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—WEEKLY PRINT

1st        Alejandra Buitrago—Idaho Mountain Express


WEBSITE—GENERAL EXCELLENCE—WEEKLY

1st        Gregory Foley—Idaho Mountain Express—mtexpress.com.


SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

3rd        William Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—“Fish Get a Health Checkup”


NEWS PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

1st        Joshua Murdock—Idaho Mountain Express—“Mark Inouye Portrait”


These people with connections to the Wood River Valley also earned awards: Patti Murphy (Periodical Writing), Shea Andersen (Opinion Writing—PR and Newsletter—External—PR), and Delaney Brassil (Sports News Report—Student).

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