The Sacramento Bee won two first-place and four second-place prizes in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's recently announced 2012 Better Newspapers Contest.
The Bee staff won first place in the special section category for its 2012 Voters Guide, which provided readers with candidate biographies, photos, ballot measure analyses and voter information for the November general election. In the local breaking news category, reporters Kim Minugh, Hudson Sangree and Cathy Locke won first place for their April 2012 account of a wild and sprawling police manhunt through Yolo and Sacramento counties of a gunman who was eventually cornered and killed in an Arden Arcade apartment.
The Bee also won two second-place awards in the Best of the West journalism contest. In growth and environment reporting, The Bee's Tom Knudson was cited for his series on the U.S. Wildlife Services' practice of killing wild animals. Brandon Loomis of the Salt Lake Tribune took first place for a project on dying forests.
In the informational graphic category, The Bee's Phillip Reese won second place for a time-lapse map that depicted the effect of the home foreclosure crisis in Sacramento. Severiano Galván of the Denver Post won top honors for an infographic on a fire that killed three people, destroyed or damaged 27 homes and burned 1,400 acres in the forest southwest of Denver.