The Herald-Outlook won two awards in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)-Western Washington Pro Chapter's 2006 Excellence in Journalism Competition.
Editor Vera M. Chan-Pool and Erik Hansen won first place in the Editorials (Non-Daily Newspapers) category for their column "Forked Tongues, Hidden Agendas and Southwest Airlines," which ran last October in the Herald-Outlook and its associate publications.
Doug Schwartz, editor of the Capitol Hill Times, took third place in the same category for his column "These Are the Days, My Friend." The piece reflected staff photographer Bradley Enghaus' police harassment suffered while taking photos of a bank for a story.
Hansen and Rick Levin also took first place in the Social Issues category for their multiple-part series "Work Wanted: America's Unknown Labor," which appeared last fall.
The series - which focuses on the predominantly Latin American immigrant culture in Seattle that utilizes the Seattle day-labor organization CASA Latina - also recently earned a second-place Communicator of Excellence award from the Washington Press Association in the Editorial Journalism (Non-Daily Newspapers) category.
Hansen also placed third in SPJ's Social Issues category for "Black Panthers Reunion to Inspire, Instruct Youths," which ran in the Beacon Hill News/South District Journal. Hansen is the editor of that publication, and Levin is editor of the Magnolia News.
Writer-at-large Russ Zabel placed third in the Spot News category for his "Homeland Insecurity" story in the Queen Anne News. The story covered a potential terrorist threat at Queen Anne's Mecca Café.
The awards were announced at the SPJ's annual banquet on Saturday, May 20.