The Kemmerer Gazette earned awards from the Wyoming Press Association at the group’s annual winter convention in Cheyenne. The Gazette competed against other small weeklies across the state for the honors.
Judging for the contest was completed by the North Dakota Newspaper Association.
The Gazette earned second place in General Excellence for small weeklies.
The judges said the newspaper had strong writing, great use of photos and a consistent, clean design.
Editor Theresa Davis was awarded first place in the Business/Energy reporting category for coverage of Westmoreland Coal Company issues. Judges said the coverage was a “good exploration of how distant decision-making can profoundly affect the local economy.”
Reporter Michelle Tibbetts earned an honorable mention award in the News Feature category for the story “From Kemmerer to Washington, D.C.: Local fossil headed to Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.” Judges said the story was interesting and had nice pacing.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our staff and our efforts to put out a quality newspaper every week throughout the year,” said Gazette publisher Mark Tesoro.