Reporter Nathan Eagle and videographer Alana Eagle’s visual journey through Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, “The Last Wild Place,” which has proven wildly popular with readers, was honored for best multimedia presentation. “I just wanted to keep clicking and keep learning,” the judge said.
In the All Media competition, Civil Beat columnist Ian Lind won first place for news columns while Civil Beat columnists Chad Blair and Neal Milner were finalists. Brittany Lyte, formerly our Kauai columnist now on staff, won first place for feature columns while our Maui columnist Tad Bartimus was named as a finalist.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board, led by opinion editor Chad Blair, won first place for editorial opinion writing. the judges singled out a commentary critical of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s controversial trip to Syria as “especially good.”
Anita Hofschneider won a first-place award for best explanatory journalism for her in-depth story about sexual abuse by priests on Guam, “Faith Betrayed.”
John Hill also won the top investigative reporting award for his series of stories on the plight of Peyton Valiente, the toddler who nearly died from an assault at his daycare. The stories prompted Honolulu police to reopen that investigation plus several others and led to the resignation of an HPD officer whose wife operated the daycare where Peyton was injured.
Civil Beat wasn’t the only news outlet that took home top honors and multiple awards in this year’s contest.
Rick Daysog of Hawaii News Now took home first place in the government reporting category his piece on corruption at OHA while Michelle Broder Van Dyke of BuzzFeed won in breaking news reporting for her coverage of the Hawaii vs. Trump travel ban legal case.
Hawaii Business magazine’s Timothy Schuler won in science reporting while Steve Petranik of Hawaii Business won for data journalism.
Other top honors in the All Media competition:
Sports reporting went to Kirk Lee Aeder at Hawaii Magazine; arts/entertainment writing was won by Nate Chinen at Hana Hou!; editorial cartoon/illustration went to Meen Choi of Honolulu magazine and the award for informational graphic was won by Mae Ariola-Ordonez of Hawaii Business.
The Maui News dominated the news photography/videography category with Matthew Thayer taking the top honor and a finalist spot. Thayer also won first place in photo/video essay.
The award for feature photography/videography went to Harold Julian of Honolulu magazine while Hana Hou!’s Donald Miralle and Matt Mallams won in sports photography/videoraphy.
Judges liked Hana Hou!’s headlines and awarded first place in that category to Michael Shapiro of the Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine.
The top award for special section went to Hawaii Magazine and a project called “Hidden Kauai” by Kevin Allen, Christine Hitt and Brittany Lyte.
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Patti Epler is the Editor and General Manager of Civil Beat. She's been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Arizona. You can follow her on twitter at @PattiEpler, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 808-377-0561.