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Andrew Seamen
Bio (click to expand) Andrew is a medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York. Before coming to Reuters Health, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow at Reuters’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2011, Andrew graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied investigative journalism as a Stabile Fellow and was named “Student of the Year.” Andrew also graduated with his B.A. from Wilkes University in 2011.

He’s won numerous awards throughout his short career, including being named a 2010 Tom Bigler Scholar for ethical standards in journalism, the 2009 Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, the 2009 and the Arthur H. Barlow National Student Journalist of the Year Award.


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2001 Mark of Excellence
Region 9 Winners/Finalists

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Newspapers

Editorial Writing
Winner: Tanna Berry, Weber State University
— Second Place: James Seamon, University of Utah
— Third Place: Laura B. Weiss, University of Utah

Editorial Cartooning
No awards given

General Column Writing
Winner: Andy Morgan, Utah State University
— Second Place: Kristing Whitley, Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Zeb Carabello, Colorado State University
— Honorable Mention: Josh Hardin, Colorado State University
— Honorable Mention: Michelle Herrick, Colorado State University
— Honorable Mention: Lucas Peerman, New Mexico State University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Nicole Weiss, "Overrated or just a bad day," Colorado State University
— Second Place: James Seamon, "Requiem for NBA," University of Utah
— Third Place: Jose Carvajal, "XFL: No Thanks!" Weber State University

Spot News Reporting
Winner: Tanna Barry, Jill Halbasch and Linda Cammack, "Our Pearl Harbor," Weber State University
— Second Place: Tiffany Lewis, Gretchen Day, Jeff Oliver and Sally Stakinson, "Y grads witness disaster," Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Thomas Burr, "Guilty verdict in for Ropers," Southern Utah University

General News Reporting
Winner: Miki Meeks, "Black population in Utah increases," Brigham Young University
— Second Place (tie): Thomas Burr, "U.N. free zone," Southern Utah University
— Second Place (tie): Thomas Burr, "Parowan Burning for Torch," Southern Utah University
— Third Place: Becky Waddingham, "Heart tugging tales fuel debate"

Newspaper In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Maria Sanchez-Traynor, "The rising pay scale," Colorado State University
— Second Place: Lucas Peerman, "Uncompetitive salaries cause problems for NMSU faculty," New Mexico State University
— Third Place: Barry, Carvajal, Hiatt, Cummings and Halbasch, Sept. 11 coverage, Weber State University
Honorable Mention — Dana, LaSeur, Owen, Meek and Nash, "An Addiction, Among Us," Brigham Young University
— Honorable Mention: Kirkham, "Getting Priorities Straight," Southern Utah University

Newspaper Feature Writing
Winner: Kathryn Cowles, "Aged to perfection: New old country," University of Utah
— Second Place: Miki Meek, "Life on the streets," Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Aimee Heckel, "Guardian Angels," Colorado State University
— Honorable Mention: Laura B. Weiss, "Decoding destiny," University of Utah
— Honorable Mention: Thomas Burr, "Golden Girl," Southern Utah University
— Honorable Mention: Aimee Heckel, "Observe," Colorado State University

Sports Writing
Winner: Miki Meek, "4th down and graduation to go," Brigham Young University
— Second Place: Jamie Peterson, "Eating disorders are a growing trend among female athletes"
— Third Place (tie): Geoff Grammer, "UTEP proposal falls on deaf Aggie ears," New Mexico State Unviersity
— Third Place (tie): Tanna Berry, "Pom Poms not cream puffs," Weber State University
Honorable Mention — Eric Walden, "For all the marbles," University of Utah
— Honorable Mention: Noah Bond, "Cougar football: then and now," Brigham Young University

Newspaper Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Rocky Mountain, Colorado State University
— Second Place: The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University

Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Published 2 to 4 times per week)
Winner: The Round Up, New Mexico State University
— Second Place: The Utah Statesman, Utah State University
— Third Place: The Signpost, Weber State University

Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Published less than twice per week)
Winner: Mesa State College Criterion, Mesa State College
— Second Place: Chinook, Casper College

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Magazines

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: Patrick N. Callahan, "Heart to Heart," Mesa State College
— Second Place: Jeremy Mathews, "Sundance: Arctic's Journal," University of Utah
— Third Place: Michelle Herrick, "A Discussion on the War in Afghanistan," Colorado State University

Best Student Magazine published once a year
Winner: Western Slope Survivors, Mesa State College

Best All-Around Magazine
Winner: Red Magazine, University of Utah

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Photography

Spot News Photography
Winner: Erin Madson, "Election Results," Southern Utah State University
— Second Place: Sara-Brianna Shiells, "Case of Mistaken Identity," New Mexico State University
— Third Place: Josh Hardin, Colorado State University

General News Photography
Winner: Thomas Burr, "Qwest pay phones," Southern Utah University
— Second Place: Nathan Hembree, "Candlelight Vigil," Weber State University
— Third Place: Erin Madson, "Fuel's Brett Scallions," Southern Utah State University

Feature Photography
Winner: Josh Hardin, "Break," Colorado State University
— Second Place: Heather Callaway, "Color Sunday," Mesa State College
— Third Place: Aaron Sprecher, "40,400 pounds of food and counting," Colorado State University

Photo Illustration
Winner: Laura Grant and Elena Madrid, "Dealing with stress," New Mexico State University

Sports Photography
Winner: Laura Grant, "The one that got away," New Mexico State University
— Second Place: Aaron Sprecher, "Last-second heroics," Colorado State University
— Third Place: Thomas Burn, "Woody Bowersock," Southern Utah University

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Radio

Radio Spot News
Winner: Clark Building Fire," Marika Krause, Colorado State University

Radio Feature
Winner: Mary Baze, "The History of Riverton," Mesa State College
— Second Place: Tom Lucero, "Race For The Cure Coverage," Colorado State University

In-Depth Reporting
No award given.

Sports Reporting
Winner: Sean Walsh, Mike Welty, Zach Ginsberg, KCSU NCAA Volleyball Tournament Coverage, Colorado State University

Daily Newscast
No award given.

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Television

Television Spot News Reporting
Winner: Adam Atchison, "Steele's Checks Out," Colorado State University
— Second Place: Adam Atchison, "Carter Lake Fire," Colorado State University
— Third Place (tie): Staci McKay, "Anthrax," Weber State University
— Third Place (tie): Jennaca Tesch, "Old Main Waterfall," Utah State University

Television General News Reporting
Winner: Lindsay Palmer, Utah Redistricting, Brigham Young University
— Second Place: Adam Atchison, Diffusing Danger, Colorado State University
Third Place (tie)- Krista Johnson and Adrian Cruz, Kids' Art, Colorado State University
Third Place (tie)- Lindsay Palmer, After the Olympics, Brigham Young University

Television Feature
Winner: Adam Atchison, The Hidden Disease, Colorado State University
— Second Place: Joe Dana, Rockets, Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Russell Olsen, Shakespeare, Southern Utah University

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Lindsay Palmer, Utah Redistricting, Brigham Young University
— Second Place: Cameron Sawyer, Publish or Perish, Brigham Young University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Annie Gardner, Tyson Snow, and Audrey Perry, St George Marathon, Brigham
Young University

— Second Place: Joe Carter and Paul Smith, Campus Television Sports: November 5, 2001, Colorado State University
— Third Place: Tyson Snow, Heath Schroyer, Brigham Young University

Television News Photography
Winner: Robert Gaidecki, Diffusing Danger, Colorado State University
— Second Place: Robert Gaidecki, Emergency Drill, Colorado State University
— Third Place: Peter Richards, Brush Fire, Brigham Young University

Television Feature Photography
Winner: Drew Hancock, Swetsville Zoo, Colorado State University
— Second Place: Robert Gaidecki, Breast Cancer Foundation, Robert Gaidecki, Colorado State University
— Third Place: Robert Gaidecki and Drew Hancock, Corn Maze, Colorado State University

Television Sports Photography
Winner: Jon Stone, Kevin Brown, Joe Carter, and Paul Smith, CTV Monday Sports: Fresno State vs Colorado State, Colorado State University
— Second Place: Annie Gardner, Audrey Perry, and Tyson Snow, St George Marathon, Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Jeff Hertzler, Senior Night, Utah State vs. Cal Poly, Utah State University

Television Daily Newscast
Winner: KBYU News, KBYU/Newsnet, Brigham Young University

Television Non-Daily Newscast
Winner: Friday Edition, KBYU/Newsnet, Brigham Young University
— Second Place: Campus Television News, Jon Stone, Jeff Parden, Melissa Marshbanks and the CTV News Staff, Colorado State University
— Third Place: A-TV News, Department of Journalism, Utah State University

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Online

Online Spot News Reporting
Winner: Leon Paul D'Souza and Will Bettmann, "Ogden awaits word on possible Anthrax contamination," Utah State University
— Second Place: Melanie Bridge, "Two Y students face felony drug charges," Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Leon Paul D'Souza and Will Bettmann, "USU Muslims condemn terrorist attack

Online General News Reporting
Winner: Holli Gunnell, "USU student finds bacteria gene," Utah State University
— Second Place: Leon Paul D'Souza and Will Bettmann, "Terrorists who attacked," Utah State University

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Ruth Turner, "Breaking the cycle of delinquency," Utah State University
— Second Place: Marcie Young, "Night Patrol," Utah State University
— Third Place: Elizabeth Scully, "Grandpa Still Rocks," Utah State University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Kristina Whitley, "On Utah's Death Row, Fairness is Debated," Brigham Young University
— Second Place: Kristina Whitley, "Utah has the nation's chemical incinerator," Brigham Young University
— Third Place: Marcie Young, "Movies' seductive lie tells men," Utah State University

Online Sports Reporting
No awards given

Online Opinion and Commentary
Winner: Leon Paul D'Souza, Utah State University
— Second Place: Matthew Flitton, Utah State University
— Third Place: Elizabeth Scully, Utah State University

Best All-Around Online Student Newspaper
Winner: BYU Newsnet, Brigham Young University
— Second Place: The Roundup Online, New Mexico State University

Best All-Around Online Student Magazine
No awards given

Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station
Winner: Stephenson Beck, BYU Newsnet, Brigham Young University

Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Hard News Café, Utah State University

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