The Hermiston Herald earned four awards in its division at The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association 2008 Better Newspaper Contest.
Reporter Karen Hutchinson-Talaski won third place for lifestyle coverage for her story about the Prindle family and its tradition of service to the community.
Michael Kane, former Hermiston Herald editor and general manager, won first place in the best local column for his entry, "I've looked into the heart of a cold-blooded killer," about his fascination with his animals, including his two cats. He also won third place for his editorial regarding Umatilla and adult entertainment.
Former Herald reporter Luke Hegdal won third place for educational writing for his story about Hermiston School District's outdoor school, entitled "Psst! Don't tell them they're learning." Hegdal spent the day with fifth graders from Hermiston school, absorbing what they learned during their outdoor experience.
The Hermiston Herald competed against all Oregon multi-weeklies, including the Hillsboro Argus, Curry Coastal Pilot of Brookings, The Newberg Graphic, the Woodburn Independent, the News-Register of McMinnville, The Outlook of Gresham, The Siuslaw News of Florence, the Hood River News, the Central Oregonian of Prineville, and the Canby Herald.
Association officers presented the awards Friday at the organization's annual meeting at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach. Of the 88 member newspapers, 55 submitted entries in the 2008 Better Newspaper contest, and 53 won an award in one or more of the 29 categories. Members of the Colorado Press Association judged the contest.