Former Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum publisher Sue Ellen Riesau celebrates her 2012 Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher Award with Gazette editor Michael Dashiell.
Former Sequim Gazette publisher Sue Ellen Riesau is the recipient of the 2012 Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher Award. The award, created by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Board of Trustees in 1993, “honors an active editor or publisher who has worked hard and unselfishly and made a significant contribution to his or her newspaper, community and state, as well as to WNPA.” Selection criteria also include service to a free press or freedom of information and to the cause of community newspapers. WNPA Executive Director Bill Will presented the award to Riesau, saying, “What truly matters is someone who values their community.” Will noted that in addition to her community service, Riesau also was an active member of the WNPA board. “She pitched in and worked hard with WNPA, just like she does with Lavender Festival and other community events in Sequim,” he said. “She’s the kind of person to have working with you.” Riesau was employed by the Gazette for 23 years, including 16 years as publisher.
Sequim Gazette reporter Matthew Nash is Washington’s Feature Writer of the Year. The awards were announced during the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention Friday, Sept. 28.
The Gazette’s advertising department also turned in a stellar performance, picking up awards in six separate categories.
They showed their creativity by earning both the first- and second-place finishes for Most Original Ad Idea. Mandy Kay Harris and Debi Lahmeyer teamed up to top the category, with their ad “Success — Make It to Your Mountaintop.”
Cathy Clark and Harmony Liebert were right behind with “An Eye on the Future.”
Robert Morris and John Huston received a second-place award for Best Ad for Single Advertiser Promoting a Sale or Event (Larger than Half Page). The two won the award for their “July Fourth Weekend Sale” ad for the Longhouse Market and Deli.
Debi Lahmeyer and Cathy Clark won third place for their Multiple Advertiser Ad, “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” The award-winning ad ran in the Gazette’s sister newspaper, the Forks Forum.
Cathy Clark, Jay Cline and Debi Lahmeyer worked together on “Fourth Annual Rainforest Run.” The ad, which also ran in the Forum, was good for a second-place finish in Ad Campaign for Single Advertiser (B/W or color).
Cathy Clark and Harmony Liebert collaborated on “Carousel of Color,” which picked up third place for Best Use of Process Color (Smaller than Half Page).
Julie Speelman and Mary Field worked together on “Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating,” which won second place for “Best Youth-Oriented Content.”