Gazette-Tribune recognized for ‘General Excellence’

The “General Excellence” plaque presented to the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune newspaper at the Awards Banquet for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention.

The “General Excellence” plaque presented to the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune newspaper at the Awards Banquet for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention.

WENATCHEE – The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune was recognized by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association with a third place General Excellence Award at their annual convention, held this year in Wenatchee.

Bill Forhan, publisher of the Gazette-Tribune and the four other community newspapers in the North Central Washington Media group accepted the plaque for the weekly publication and offered congratulations to the staff. The plaque, the second one received by the Gazette-Tribune, was presented at the awards dinner on Friday, Oct. 1 at the WNPA’s 122nd Convention.

The newspaper’s staff also received several individual awards. Charlene Helm, advertising representative, took home a first place for her “Red Hot Deals” group of ads. Gary DeVon, managing editor, received a first place for Best Business Story “Heavy Haul Corridor results in more jobs for Oroville” and a first place for Color Portrait for his photo “Not just fiddling around.” Emily Hanson was awarded a third place for Best Personality Profile – Short “From POW to retiree.”

NCW Media Inc. publishes the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, Quad City Herald, Lake Chelan Mirror, Cashmere Valley Record and Leavenworth Echo. Altogether the group took home more than two dozen awards from the convention.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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