The Columbian has brought home many awards for journalism and photography throughout the years. Here in a non-comprehensive list of our more recent accolades.

C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards

September 2019

First place, Enterprise Reporting (for “Fall from Grace” series)
First place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity (for Clark County mothers fight for mentally ill children)
First place, Features Writing (for Clark Asks: So far, yacht remains a mystery)
Second place, Deadline Reporting (for Battle Ground teachers ratify contract, end strike)
Third place, Deadline Reporting (for Family: Man shot, killed by Vancouver police had schizophrenia)
Third place, Enterprise Reporting (for Zoom in on the body camera debate in Clark County)
Third place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs (for Man deported from Vancouver may get part of Motel 6 ICE settlement)
Third place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity (for The color of education)

December 2018

First place, Features Writing (for Teen suicide: The ones they left behind)
Second place, Features Writing (for Dark, dirty and deep underground adventures in Gifford Pinchot’s caves)
Second place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity (for Five Years of Love)

September 2017

First place, Enterprise Reporting (for First responders’ selfless service leaves them vulnerable to PTSD’s toll)
First place, Feature Writing (for Benton in D.C.: It’s time to change the narrative)
Second place, Enterprise Reporting (for New political movement flips the script)
Second place, Feature Writing (for Vancouver woman wins $51K on TV game show ‘Jeopardy’)
Second place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs (for Kindness key to calm politics talk over Thanksgiving)
Third place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs (for Wet wipes wipe out sewer systems)
Third place, Enterprise Reporting (for Local animal law required release of a pit bull that killed a Chihuahua)

September 2016

First place, Investigative Reporting (for 6 takeaways about housing in Clark County)
Second place, Deadline Reporting (for Tornado hits Battle Ground)
Third place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity (for Vancouver police strive for diversity, not for animosity)
Third place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs (for Blue light a special problem for eye)
Third place, Feature Writing (for Press Talk: Fear and loathing in Crazytown)

September 2015

First place, Investigative Reporting
First place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
First place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs

September 2014

First place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
Second place, Deadline Reporting
Second place, Features Writing
First place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs

September 2013

First place, Deadline Reporting
First place, Enterprise Reporting
First place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs

September 2012

First place, Enterprise Reporting
Second place, Enterprise Reporting

Associated Press Photo Awards

2020

First place, Non-metro Portrait (for Vancouver man faces murder allegation in death of 5-year-old girl)
First place, Non-metro Photo Story (for Raising Kaine)
2019 and 2020 Cowles Cup

NPPA Best of Photojournalism

2020

First place, Sports Feature (for Columbian photojournalist Nathan Howard wins national competition)
Sony Best in Show award

Society of Professional Journalists

Award for General Excellence

2018 Runner up

2015 Third place

2013 Second place

2012 Second place

2006 First place (first year for the general excellence category)

Best of the West

Prestigious competition among journalists in 14 states

2020

The Columbian has brought home many awards for journalism and photography throughout the years. Here in a non-comprehensive list of our more recent accolades.

C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards

September 2019
First place, Enterprise Reporting
First place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
First place, Features Writing
Second place, Deadline Reporting
Third place, Enterprise Reporting
Third place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
Third place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
December 2018
First place, Features Writing
Second place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
September 2017
First place, Feature Writing
Second place, Enterprise Reporting
Second place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
Third place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
September 2016
First place, Investigative Reporting
Second place, Deadline Reporting
Third place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
Third place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
Third place, Feature Writing
September 2015
First place, Investigative Reporting
First place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
First place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
September 2014
First place, Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
First place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
Second place, Deadline Reporting
Second place, Features Writing
September 2013
First place, Deadline Reporting
First place, Enterprise Reporting
First place, Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs
September 2012
First place, Enterprise Reporting
Second place, Enterprise Reporting

Associated Press Photo Awards

2020
First place, Non-metro Photo Story
2019 and 2020 Cowles Cup

NPPA Best of Photojournalism

2020
Sony Best in Show award

Society of Professional Journalists

Award for General Excellence

2019 Runner up
2018 Runner up
2015 Third place
2013 Second place
2012 Second place
2006
First place (first year for the general excellence category)

Best of the West

Prestigious competition among journalists in 14 states

2020
Second place