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Bellevue Reporter writer named Sports Writer of Year
Bellevue Reporter sports writer Josh Suman was named Sports Writer of the Year in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association's 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. He was one of several staff writers to win awards in the contest.
Suman won the top statewide sports award for, as judges put it, his "compelling collection of features," which included a piece on a wheelchair athlete and a two-part series about concussions." The story on the wheelchair athlete, "Tennis gives new life at Robinswood," also garnered a first-place award in the Best Sports Feature category.
Former Bellevue Reporter staff writer Gabrielle Nomura was awarded third place in the Best Lifestyle Feature Story category for her piece "Visitors Come face-to-face- with their worst nightmares at Beaver Lake Park." Nomura also qualified as a finalist for the statewide Feature Writer of the Year award. Judges praised Nomura for the variety and local emphasis in her portfolio, and her ability to "find and reveal the motivation of each artist."
Former staff photographer Chad Coleman also qualified as a statewide finalist, for Photographer of the Year, for his submission of a well-rounded portfolio that showcased "his excellent sense of timing," judges said.