The Salt Lake Tribune brought home 34 awards in the annual Utah Press Association 2011 Better Newspaper Contest, more than any other entrant in the contest's large newspaper category.
The honors included UPA's community service award for The Tribune's news reporting, editorials and involvement with the Utah Media Coalition in relation to HB477, a law that if it had not been repealed would have significantly limited access to public records in Utah.
The Tribune also won the press association's general excellence award, and sltrib.com was honored as the best news website.
At its annual winter meeting March 17 in Springville, UPA honored Southern Utah News Editor Dixie Brunner with the Master Editor/Publisher Award.
Sandy Phillips, editor of the Richfield Reaper, earned UPA's Jim Cornwell Distinguished Service Award, while attorneys Frank Pignanelli and Doug Foxley, who lobbied Utah lawmakers on behalf of the Utah Media Coalition in its effort to get HB477 repealed, received the Honorary Publisher Award.
Other first-place awards earned by The Tribune included:
Best front-page design • Kimberly Worner, for "Net worth: In end Jazz had to let D-Will go"
Best feature or community lifestyle page design • Blain Hefner, for "Superheroes assemble"
Best sports story • Brian Smith, for "Sloan calls it a career"
Best feature series • Tribune staff, for "9/11, 10 years later"
Best news photograph • Scott Sommerdorf, for "Angry warriors once again home"
Best editorial • George Pyle, for "Now it's up to you"
Best investigative reporting • Heather May, for "The kids are not all right"
Best feature reporting, single story • Peggy Fletcher Stack, for "Marriage: It's no cakewalk"
Best general news reporting, single story • Heather May, for "We really, really don't want to think bad things can happen to kids"
Best sports column • Kurt Kragthorpe
Best editor's/feature column • George Pyle