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Record wins state honors

City reporter, sports writer, photographer named the best in Utah

Society of Professional Journalists judges rated The Park Record the No. 2 newspaper in the state among the largest nondaily papers and honored three of the paper’s news staffers with first-place finishes.

The Park Record’s first-place winners in the annual journalism contest, who were announced on Friday, were Jay Hamburger, who covers Park City, sports reporter Adia Waldburger and photographer Scott Sine.

Hamburger took top honors in the ‘Best newspaper reporter’ category, Waldburger won for a story about Stephani Victor taking a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Italy.

Sine won a first-place finish for a photo essay about disabled sledge-hockey players.

Hamburger received two second-place awards, for his coverage of minority issues and consumer issues.

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Other Record winners were Editor Nan Chalat-Noaker, who garnered second place for an editorial about immigration reform, and columnist Jay Meehan, who took a second-place award.

About Hamburger’s ‘best reporter’ award, the judges said, "Clear No. 1. Excellent enterprise — didn’t wait for stories to come to him. Interesting writing, voices, good details."

He entered a selection of articles written in 2006, including one about Statehouse candidate Laura Bonham’s unorthodox campaign donations, which included livestock meant to paint her as someone who understood rural Utah values. Bonham, a Democrat, lost the campaign to Republican Mel Brown.

Judges said Waldburger’s story about Victor was interesting and well told, Chalat-Noaker’s immigration editorial included "lots of thoughts neatly packaged" and Meehan’s column included "some brilliant writing found throughout."

Chalat-Noaker praised the Record’s news staff.

"We had a lot to celebrate on Friday. In addition to the SPJ awards, Jay Hamburger has just passed the 10-year mark reporting for The Record and Patrick Parkinson has been part of the team for five years. Their depth of knowledge about the beats and their network of sources are invaluable," she said.

Parkinson is the newspaper’s veteran Summit County reporter.

Chalat-Noaker called Sine "indispensable."

"Whether it is sports, kids or senior citizens, Sine’s images are always spectacular," she said.

She described Waldburger’s "flair for sports writing."

"She brings a personal touch to an enormous beat and her profiles about local athletes are especially well written," Chalat-Noaker said.

"Most of all, though, on Friday, the editorial staff talked about the future, about new ideas, digging deeper and using new technologies to continue growing in our profession," Chalat-Noaker said.

The Park Record publishes on Wednesdays and Saturdays and its online edition, http://www.parkrecord.com, is growing in popularity. The newspaper dates to 1880 and is owned by Denver-based MediaNews Group, one of the nation’s largest newspaper chains.