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The Review staff won 10 awards for writing, photography and special sections in the annual Better Newspapers Contest.

The staff at the Lake Oswego Review earned numerous awards in the 2021 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards, which were announced during a virtual ceremony Sept. 10, honored work that was published in 2020. The Review took home a total of 10 awards for writing, photography and special sections.

"As was the case for so many, 2020 was an immensely challenging year for our newsroom," editor Patrick Malee said. "Our staff dealt with layoffs, reduced hours and the challenges of pivoting to remote reporting, along with the general stress caused by the pandemic. Nonetheless, our reporters produced some fantastic journalism and it is a thrill to see it honored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association."

Reporter Clara Howell took home four awards: Best Writing (first place), Best Coverage of Business of Economic Issue (first place), Best Feature Story, Personality (second place) and Best Feature Story, General (third place). Former education reporter Asia Alvarez Zeller earned two awards for Best Educational Coverage (third place) and Best Lifestyle Coverage (second place), and sports editor Miles Vance received three awards including Best Sports Story (first place) and Best Sports Photo (first and third place).

The Review was also honored for Best Special Section or Issue (second place for the Amazing Kids section).

"2020 was a challenging year for everyone. I am so proud of our staff for their amazing work and dedication to serving our communities under some very difficult conditions. Being honored with these awards is a nice way for our staff to know that their work is appreciated," Review Publisher Brian Monihan said.

The Review also received five awards in the National Newspaper Association Foundation's 2021 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest, including third place for General Excellence. In advertising, the Review received first place awards for Best Newspaper Promotion and Best Series Ad Idea.

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