NMG members win awards from SPJ’s Pacific Northwest chapter

Several News Media Guild members received awards from the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society of Professional Jouranalists, including Spokane correspondent Nicholas K. Geranios, who won first place in the category of short feature story.

Ted Warren and Elaine Thompson showing their award-winning photos.

Ted Warren and Elaine Thompson showing their award-winning photos.

Spokane correspondent Nick Geranois

Spokane correspondent Nick Geranios

Geranios won for his story about the 20th anniversary of the standoff at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, where white supremacist Randy Weaver and his family held off federal agents for more than week before surrendering. Geranios traveled to Kalispell, Mont., to interview Weaver’s daughter, Sara.

He’s been a regular winner of the Pacific Northwest SPJ awards over the years, including two first-place honors in 2009.

Other Guild members honored in this year’s contest include: photographer Elaine Thompson, first place in feature photography and third place for her portfolio; photographer Ted Warren, second place in sports photography; and writer Donna Blankenship, third place in education reporting.

The 2013 awards were handed out May 18. Journalists in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana were eligible to compete.