Honors

I’ve individually highlighted two accomplishments — being profiled on NPR and having a photo in the Smithsonian — on the cover of this blog. They were fairly recent but, more than that, symbolize how I remade myself as a digital entrepreneur and multimedia journalist. I’ve also recently won a couple photography competitions and had an image run full page in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. I’m also proud that I founded HoopGurlz.com, which I sold to ESPN, and was a co-founder of Scout.com, which we sold to FOXSports.

Though I can be a bit shy about admitting success, I realize these days that it’s important to brand. Potential clients, employers and subjects also are curious about accomplishments. I don’t keep track carefully enough to offer a lot of details, though I do remember being the first sportswriter ever at The Seattle Times to win a national writing award, I think, in 1988. I’m also very proud of our first place for best website, specialized subject, in 2011 by SPJ and our being named finalist for an Online Journalism Award in 2007. The latter put HoopGurlz on the map because we were a staff of one full- and one part-timer, had been in existence just a few months and were up against major media and foundation websites, without regard to specific subject matter (so not a sports-only award; neither was the SPJ, for that matter).

Here’s a list, as best as I can remember, including where I was when I won them (I never counted the non-first-place awards in SPJ):

First Place, Food Category (Independent), Exposed: Japantown Photography Competition
Special Mention (Independent), Exposed: Japantown Photography Competition
Top 100 (3x), Exposed: Japantown Photography Competition
Winner, Parks and Monuments Assignment, Outdoor Photographer Magazine
First Place, Online Sports (HoopGurlz), Society of Professional Journalists
First Place, Best Website (HoopGurlz), Specialized Subject, Society of Professional Journalists
First Place, Online Special Report/Enterprise (HoopGurlz), Society of Professional Journalists
Nine Regional Awards for Online Journalism (HoopGurlz), Society of Professional Journalist
Finalist, Specialty Journalism (HoopGurlz), Online Journalism Award (by ONA)
Winner, Website Design (HoopGurlz), Golden Web Award
Winner, Content and Creativity (HoopGurlz), Golden Web Award
Silver Medal of Excellence (HoopGurlz), website design, Sunset Surfers
Silver Medal of Excellence (HoopGurlz), content, Sunset Surfers
Outstanding Achievement (HoopGurlz), Interactive Media Awards
Primary author, “Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA,” (Rosen Publishing, 2002)
Third Place, Features (Seattle Times), Associated Press Sports Editors
Honorable Mention, Features (Seattle Times), Associated Press Sports Editors
Honorable Mention, Features (Seattle Times), Associated Press Sports Editors
First Place, Features (Seattle Times), Professional Basketball Writers of America
First Place, Features (Seattle Times), Professional Basketball Writers of America
Second Place, Columns (Seattle Times), Professional Basketball Writers of America
Third Place, Features (Seattle Times), Professional Basketball Writers of America
First Place, Series (Seattle Times), American Power Boat Association
Published, Best Sportswriting (Houghton-Mifflin)
Published, Best Sports Stories (The Sporting News)
Numerous Writing Awards (Seattle Times, Beacon Hill News), Society of Professional Journalists

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