Herald-Outlook wins SPJ writing awards

North Seattle Herald-Outlook guest columnist Matthew Wilemski won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) Excellence in Journalism contest on Saturday, May 31.Wilemski, a Wallingford resident, took the prize for "Thou Shall Not View Naked Marble Buttocks," in the Humorous Writing category (Non-Daily Newspapers division). The column ran on Dec. 28, 2007.Editor Vera M. Chan-Pool took second place for Headlines (Non-Daily Newspapers division).Other Pacific Publishing Co. Inc. winners include:*Herald-Outlook writer-at-large Russ Zabel, who took first place for Spot News (Non-Daily Newspapers division) for his story "State Suspends Casanova Chiropractor's License" in the Queen Anne News/Magnolia News. *Doug Schwartz, who took second place in the same category for "What Was Lost Has Now Been Found," which ran in the Capitol Hill Times.Wilemski also received an honorable mention in the 2007 Washington Press Association's Communicator of Excellence Award in the Column/Non-Daily category. He won for his columns "Down the Cancer Road," "Notice of Proposed Word-Use Action" and "Former Enemies Among Us," all of which appeared in the Herald-Outlook. The columns are available on-line at www.northseattleherald-outlook.com.[[In-content Ad]]