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The Idaho Statesman earned a combined 56 awards during the Idaho Press Club’s annual awards banquet Saturday, collecting prizes for reporting, photography, videography and more.

Assistant editor Chadd Cripe was named print reporter of the year, and the Statesman also earned the Pinnacle award, given to the publication that earns the most total awards.

In addition, Statesman reporter Audrey Dutton earned first place for her health care reporting, reporter Katy Moeller earned the top prize for both religion and crime reporting, and photographers Katherine Jones and Darin Oswald earned second and third place, respectively, for print photographer of the year.

Read some of our award-winning coverage on business, entertainment, health care and more below. Find a full list of winners here.

General excellence, daily print: third place

Watchdog/investigative report:

Audrey Dutton, third place, for “Idaho Youth Ranch in trouble and failing to help children, say former employees”

Serious feature report:

Michael Katz, third place, for “‘Saints on Earth’: Idaho couple has recovered the bodies of 113 people who couldn’t be found”

Light Feature report:

Bill Manny, first place, for “How Spuddy Buddy and the Big Idaho Potato charmed Seattle”

Michael Deeds, third place, for “It’s Beer Can Appreciation Day. This Idaho man has 11,000 cans”

Series:

Audrey Dutton, first place, for her series on Idaho’s rural mental health care

Outdoor feature:

Chadd Cripe, first place, for “Fish and Game commissioner hunts ‘family of baboons’ in Africa, faces calls to resign”

Nicole Blanchard, third place, for “99 species and, yep, they’re still counting: This Boise Christmas tradition is for the birds”

Sports news coverage:

Dave Southorn, third place, for “Weird, sad, difficult, ‘WTF’: First Responder Bowl’s cancellation sends teams, fans reeling”

Sports feature story:

Dave Southorn, third place, for “Want to know what makes Leighton Vander Esch tick? Ask his sisters.”

Sports prep story:

Michael Lycklama, first place, for “Born deaf and a goal scorer; Boise native is on track to play for national team”

General column:

Bill Manny, first place

Katherine Jones, second place,

Michael Deeds, third place

Specialty column:

Chadd Cripe, first place

Michael Deeds, second place

Editorial:

Idaho Statesman editorial board, second place, for “‘It’s God’s will.’ Should that belief ever excuse any form of child abuse or neglect?”

Opinion:

Megan Hart, first place, for “Lockdown drills and Lockdown lollipops”

Bill Manny, second place, for “We still let abusive college athletes quietly leave town. Shame on us”

Audrey Dutton, third place, for “I thought I knew how to work the American health care system. Then I got pregnant”

Headlines

Michael Deeds, second place

Arts/entertainment reporting:

Michael Deeds, first place, for “Boise’s big breweries face declining sales. Do you drink beer? Blame yourself”

Michael Deeds, second place, for “’It’s the Venice, CA, of Boise’: New Greenbelt market plans to open on fast-growing riverfront”

Political reporting:

Nicole Blanchard, second place, for “To some a rallying cry, to others a liability, ‘Blue Girl’ stickers find new meanings”

Elections reporting:

Cynthia Sewell, second place, for “Jordan staffer left over campaign’s ‘detestable’ ties to independent tribal PAC”

Business reporting:

Sven Berg, first place, for “Want a liquor license in Boise? Better stack your cash — or settle in for a long wait”

Dave Staats, second place, for “How an executive’s hair dryer saved the memory chips — tales of Micron’s 40 years”

Agriculture reporting:

John Sowell, third place, for “Beyond potatoes: Idaho crops now mean caviar, bullfrogs and yak meat”

Crime/courts reporting:

Katy Moeller, first place, for “She took the baby and left. He showed up with a machete and killed her”

Katy Moeller and Cynthia Sewell, second place, for “Mass stabbing suspect flew under the radar in Memphis. Then, he came to Boise”

Religion reporting:

Katy Moeller, first place, for “Father Faucher’s fall from grace: Once a respected priest, now he holds Mass in jail”

Ruth Brown, second place, for “After Oregon abuse, problem priest was sent to Boise. This was his next victim”

Environment reporting:

Bill Manny, first place, for “US-placed cyanide device ignites – and a Pocatello family is changed forever”

Health/medical reporting:

Audrey Dutton, first place, for “She went to the hospital for mental illness. She ended up charged with 2 felonies.”

Audrey Dutton, third place, for “He was flown to the hospital, then got the bill: $56,800 that insurance won’t cover”

Special section:

Idaho Statesman staff, second place, for March 21 Business Insider

Periodical writing - light feature:

Dana Oland, second place, for “Could Connor Williams be the next Aaron Paul? He’s already won three best actor awards”

Periodical cover

Idaho Statesman staff, second place, for Treasure Magazine summer 2018 issue

Best blog

Michael Deeds, second place, for “Words & Deeds”

Best online-only video - news story

Katherine Jones, first place, for “Middleton High School student council makes wishes come true”

Best online-only video - feature story

Kelsey Grey, first place, for “Riggins, Idaho to America’s Team: Leighton Vander Esch reflects on his journey to the NFL”

Best audience engagement:

Idaho Statesman staff, second place, for “Curious Idaho”

General excellence, website:

Second place, www.idahostatesman.com

Feature photography - light:

Darin Oswald, third place, for “Abe Lincoln shows up at GOP election night”

General news photography:

Darin Oswald, first place, for “Priest Faces Pornography Charges”

Katherine Jones, second place, for “March for Our Lives”

Photo essay:

Darin Oswald, first place, for “Not Your Average Cat Lady”

Darin Oswald, second place, for “Stabbing at Wylie Lane Apartments”

News portrait photography:

Katherine Jones, second place, for “Hiroshima Witness”

Food photography:

Darin Oswald, first place, for “Bun bo Hue”

Sports talk show:

Dave Southorn, with Jay Tust of KTVB, first place, for “The 208. Sports. Stats. Stories.”

Reporter of the year:

Chadd Cripe, first place

Photographer of the year:

Katherine Jones, second place

Darin Oswald, third place

Special coverage:

Idaho Statesman staff, second place, for “University of Idaho botched sex assault complaint coverage”

Pinnacle Award, daily print:

Idaho Statesman

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