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Chronicle nets 11 awards

The Dalles Chronicle took home two top awards in design categories, and 11 awards overall, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual conference this week in Sunriver.

Sports Editor Ray Rodriguez captured a first-place award for best graphics with “Big Sky’s Best” and Managing Editor Kathy Ursprung nabbed a first-place for page one design.

“Design is another way newspapers communicate to their readers,” Ursprung said. “Our staff at The Chronicle works hard to produce stories for our readers that are relevant, insightful, entertaining, and well-communicated in words, images and overall appearance. It’s a big job in an area as busy as the Columbia Gorge.”

Second-place awards went to reporters Neita Cecil in the lifestyle category for “Heroin gains a foothold,” and Jade McDowell in spot news for “Families struggle in face of plea deal over deadly fight.”

The Chronicle also captured to staff-wide third-place awards for general excellence and for special section with the “In the Company of Excellence” special edition.

Reporter RaeLynn Ricarte took third for best personality feature with “Life After Combat.” Rodriguez won a third-place graphics award for “Dufur netters named all-state.” Ursprung took home thirds in business and economic coverage for “Focus on Downtown” and feature for “The Joint at Mitchell Point.”

The Hood River News, The Chronicle’s sister newspaper in the Columbia Gorge, won first-place staff awards in general excellence and lifestyle coverage, as well an individual awards for photographer Adam Lapiere for best sports photo (first) and best photo essay (third).

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