Awards

First place, Spot News — Society of Professional Journalists Utah Headliners Chapter

2017
Our staff won this statewide award for our coverage of a tornado striking down in Northern Utah. I was the editor who managed the staff members involved and directed our coverage when the tornado hit.

Second Place, Online Breaking News — Utah, Idaho, Spokane Associated Press Association (UISAPA)

2017
When a rare tornado struck down in Weber County, I managed, directed and contributed to the breaking news coverage that won this award.

First place, Breaking News Story — Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies

2017
When a rare tornado struck down in Weber County, I managed, directed and contributed to the breaking news coverage that won this award. Our newsroom won the award while pitted against news organizations from four states — Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming

Innovator of the Year — The Standard-Examiner

2017
I was honored with this companywide award for my work developing digital strategies, engaging audiences and growing audience as news editor at The Standard-Examiner.

First place, Best Multimedia Storytelling — Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors contest

2016
Managed and oversaw the digital presentation of a package of stories about life in an area of Elkhart that's challenged by poverty and violence, but filled with people invested in the neighborhood they love. The project, which I edited along with others, also took first place in Indiana APME's Best Enterprise Reporting category. Note: A change in ownership at The Elkhart Truth resulted in all stories published prior to 2016 being removed from the news organization's website.

Second place, Best Blog Initiative — Local Media Association

2015
I won this award for the section of The Elkhart Truth's website I managed — Community Blogs. The initiative invites community members and nonprofit organizations to write blogs hosted on the Truth's site. When I took over the section, there were five bloggers. After a year running the section, I brought the site's pool of bloggers up to about 70. Note: A change in ownership at The Elkhart Truth resulted in all stories published prior to 2016 being removed from the news organizations website.

Third place, Best Local Community Initiative — Local Media Association

2015
A project I created and managed called Ask the Truth won the award. Ask the Truth invites readers to send in questions about the community. Then, each week, community members vote for the question they find most interesting and a reporter writes a story answering it. Note: A change in ownership at The Elkhart Truth resulted in all stories published prior to 2016 being removed from the news organization's website.

Third place, Best Community Website — Local Media Association

2015
I was part of a digital team that received the award for our work running The Elkhart Truth's website.