GVG editor brings home awards

The newspaper awards season continued to be upon the Kingman Daily Miner and the Golden Valley Gazette, and the papers brought home several more awards.

Western Newspapers Inc. held its annual editorial seminar on Friday and announced the company's contest winners for 2006 - 2007. WNI owns 15 daily and non-daily newspapers, including the Kingman Daily Miner, the Golden Valley Gazette and a wide assortment of other media outlets.

Golden Valley Gazette Managing Editor/Reporter Donna Newman won two second-place honnors among the WNI's numerous non-daily newpapers for continuous coverage of the Golden Valley incorporation effort and in the Column-Opinion category for her opinion columns praising the local firefighters, the national Do Not Call list, and for her vigorous response to critics who questioned her integrity.

She also received a third place for feature photography, including Golden Valley early morning frost, a desert garden and a local author with a parrot.

Kingman Daily Miner Managing Editor Mark Borgard took first place in the Column-Opinion category for his "Kingman School Board," "Warren Jeffs" and "The homebuilders" columns.

KDM photographer JC Amberlyn placed first in two categories. Her photo "Suds and sounds," which also won first place in the Arizona Newspapers Association's 2007 Better Newspapers contest, took the Feature prize. "The Grand Canyon West Skywalk" and "Firefighters practicing" shots won her the News Photo competition.

Amberlyn also placed third in the Sports Photo category for her picture of the "2006 Andy Devine Day's Rodeo," another repeat winner from the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

Reporter Aaron Royster took second place in the Continuous Coverage category for his series of articles pertaining to "The merger of fire districts."

Golden Valley Gazette Editor/Reporter Donna Newman contributed to this article.