Staff and news service reportsThe Oregon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Saturday night recognized the editorial achievements of the Catholic Sentinel during the organization's annual dinner.
Peter Prengaman, Kristen Hannum and Ed Langlois were singled out for praise for stories they wrote last year.
The announcements were made during a dinner attended by more than 300 journalists. The dinner featured Rich Read, recent Pulitzer prize-winner from the Oregonian, as guest speaker.
Prengaman, 23, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Bob Chandler Rookie of the Year award. The award honors Bob Chandler, legendary newspaper man who bought the Bend Bulletin in 1953 and then turned it into one of the best small-market daily newspapers in the country, while providing a start for many of today's Oregon journalists. The Rookie award recognizes the achievements of one journalist in the state who has shown the most potential in less than two years in the profession.
Prengaman also received an honorable mention in the news feature category for his story 'Guatemalan family fights for survival' and third place for his story 'Hogar Elisa Margarita: a place of peace for girls in crisis' in the category of social issues. Separately, the Hogar Elisa Margarita story, written about a group of nuns in Mexico City who house battered street girls, also won first place in the National Propagation of the Faith's Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara Award for mission reporting. The award honors the late Archbishop O'Meara, former national director of the Propagation of the Faith.
Kristen Hannum received second place in the category of personalities for her story 'Oregonian's crazy conservative stands up for family values,' a profile about Dave Reinhardt, Oregonian columnist and editorial writer.
Ed Langlois took home two second-place prizes, one in the sports feature category for his story 'For two athletes getting gray, sports still make life sweet,' and the other in the category of religion and values for his story 'Christians join in land-use debate.'
In other awards, Terry Brosh received honorable mention from the Oregon Press Women for her coverage of the Thurston High School shooting a year ago last May.
Sentinel publisher John Limb said he is gratified by the work performed by the newspaper's team.