Hacks, flacks and assorted members of the chattering classes gathered April 25 at The Owyhee for the Idaho Press Club Best of 2014 Annual Awards banquet, and Boise Weekly came home with a hefty pile of accolades in the weekly newspaper category:
- General News Story: "You Have the Right to Remain Silent (Don't You?)," first place, News Editor George Prentice.
- Watchdog/Investigative Report: "Idaho's Unfinished Quilt of LGBT Protections," first place, Staff Writer Harrison Berry and Editor-in-Chief Zach Hagadone.
- Watchdog/Investigative Report: "Big Iron: Police Departments Are Grabbing Up Free Military Hardware. Here's how (and why) they're using it," second place, Harrison Berry.
- Serious Feature Report: "Finding Lucius: Inside the search for a friend," first place, Staff Writer Jessica Murri
- Outdoor Feature: "Inspiring on the Payette: Blind Surfer Derek Rabelo competes alongside athletes from all over the word," first place, Jessica Murri.
- Health/Medical Reporting: "Half-Life: How an accident at INL changed a family," first place, Jessica Murri.
- Arts and Entertainment Reporting: "A Seed of Anxiety: Seeing what's 'Down in the River' with Ryan Blacketter," first place, Associate Editor Amy Atkins.
- Arts and Entertainment Reporting: "Roots, Branches, Sprouts and Seeds: A look at Treefort's impact on Boise's music scene," second place, freelance writer Ben Schultz.
- Arts and Entertainment Reporting: "Man of Mystery: Barry 'Konrad' Konarik on his 1982/2014 album," third place, Amy Atkins
- Political Reporting: "Feeding the Beast: How bill mills and national partisan groups have fueled the 2014 Legislature," first place, Zach Hagadone.
- Business Reporting: "Bust or Boom: Soul searching in North Idaho after the closure of Coldwater Creek," first place, Zach Hagadone
- Special Section: Annual Manual 2014, third place, staff.
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