The Sparks Tribune captured multiple awards at the Nevada Press Association annual banquet, with the paper honored for everything from sports coverage to the quality of its editorial pages.
The Tribune won seven first place awards in the community division, with sports editor Nathan Shoup picked as best columnist and photographer John Byrne winning for best sports photo and best feature photo. Byrne also took second place in the sports and feature photo competitions.
The Tribune also won first place for editorial pages and former editor Kent Lauer was honored for best investigative story. Advertising director Manuel Berroa also won for best ad series, along with Christine Bryner.
“We’re thrilled with the awards, especially since they were won across the board,’’ said managing editor Eric Dahlberg. “The NPA judges recognized what readers of the Sparks Tribune have in the past year. The paper is simply getting better and better and is a must read for Sparks residents.’’
In honoring the Tribune, the judges said they were impressed with Shoup’s willingness to take on controversial subjects in his sports columns. They also cited the “good mix of columnists’’ on the paper’s editorial pages.
The Tribune also won a number of second place awards, including Page 1 design and best website.
“The awards are simply a reflection on the hard working staff,’’ Dahlberg said. “Our aim every week is to put out a newspaper that Sparks can be proud of.’’
The Tribune is owned and operated by longtime Nevadans as part of the Battle Born Media chain. Battle Born also publishes the Mesquite Local News, Mineral County Independent-News, Eureka Sentinel, Ely Times and Lincoln County Record.