The Daily Astorian earned 13 awards for news and nine for advertising in the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association annual contests.

The awards were announced at the annual ONPA convention in Bend last week and included 11 first-place trophies.

For news in the printed edition of the newspaper, The Daily Astorian earned eight first-place trophies for work published during calendar year 2012.

Editor Steve Forrester won for best editorials for a portfolio of three: on the Clatsop County Jail, a Barack Obama endorsement and a call for gun violence to be treated as a public health issues.

Forrester and Sue Cody, deputy managing editor, were honored with first place for best editorial page.

Reporter Chelsea Gorrow earned two awards. Her piece on the Flavel family won first place for general feature writing and her reporting on the wrongdoing of former Astoria Deputy Fire Chief Steve Straily placed third in the spot news reporting category.

Photographer Alex Pajunas earned first place for sports photography for his photo of muddy athletes at a cross country meet at Camp Rilea last fall.

Rebecca Sedlak earned first place in the lifestyle reporting category for her feature about the Stanovich Civil War wedding at Fort Stevens. Sedlak served a reporting internship last summer and was hired as Coast Weekend editor last fall.

Our Coast, the first edition of the newspaper's annual travel magazine, earned first place for best special section. The publication was edited by Kathleen Strecker and designed by Production Manager John Bruijn.

Managing Editor Patrick Webb earned second place in the sports writing category for his column about the origin of rugby.

Copy editor Max Charlton earned third place in headline writing for a portfolio of six.

The newspaper was honored with four awards for its website content at

Two first-place awards were for best multimedia element, a video of the Civil War re-enactments by Eric Keto, and for best web project, the website, a companion website to the Our Coast magazine.

The newspaper earned second place for best website design and third place for best overall website.


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