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Patch Wins Journalism Award

Editor Brent Champaco won first place in the online sports reporting category of the 2011 SPJ Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition.

SEATTLE-Patch took home its first SPJ Pacific Northwest journalism award Saturday night, winning first place in the online sports reporting category of the Excellence in Journalism Competition.

Editor Brent Champaco won for his stories on University Place athletes:

  • Then 9-year-old l, a track-and-field phenom who is competing against girls twice her age
  • , the Curtis-turned-WSU basketball player who led his team to the state finals before losing in the title game
  • , the Curtis football player who, before his last home game on Senior Night, used a laptop to chat with his mother, who was in the hospital.

Champaco took first, followed by ESPN HoopGurlz.com and The Seattle Times for its coverage of University of Washington basketball.

Other South Sound publications honored include The News Tribune and Tacoma KOMO.

For a full list of Saturday night's winners, click here.

Ken Campbell May 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Way to go, Brent! And, even more satisfying, the stories were about three local athletes from UP..how cool is that??
Linda Smith May 20, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Wonderful news! Congratulations Brent. How fortunate we are to have you covering our communities!
Brent Champaco May 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thanks, Ken. And yes, I was so happy when I learned it was for these stories. Tierra, DaVonte and Cornelius are some of the most amazing, humble kids around. UP is truly amazing.
Brent Champaco May 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Thanks, Linda, and I agree 100 percent. I feel honored to cover such great communities.
Christie Anderson May 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Fantastic Brent....congratulations!
Howard and Barbara Lee May 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Congratulations Brent! Nice to see that other people are finding out what we already knew, i.e. that you are a true professional journalist!!
Brent Champaco May 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Thanks Chris!
Brent Champaco May 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM
You're making me blush. Thanks Howard!
Mariza Craig May 21, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Congratulations Brent! You truly bring voice for UP. You are an important part of what makes us a great community. Keep the good stories coming!
Brent Champaco May 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Thanks Mariza! I love sharing the stories of this community...
Tricia Yue May 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Congratulations Brent on a well-deserved award! Awesome job!
Brent Champaco May 29, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Like I was telling people, Tricia, when you have an athlete as amazing as Tierra, the stuff writes itself. Thanks for letting me tell her story!

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