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Arbiter, Boise State Public Radio Win Top Prizes at Idaho Press Club Award Banquet

Arbiter staff holding their awards

The Arbiter, Boise State’s independent student news outlet, won 22 awards — including first place for General Excellence — at the Idaho Press Club’s Best of 2018 Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 27. In addition, the Boise State Public Radio news and programming departments brought home 26 awards, including 11 first-place prizes.

The Arbiter received the top prizes for print and online student work, as well as a host of individual awards for news, sports, and feature writing and reporting; column and editorial writing; and graphics, design and photography.

Arbiter winners:

Website – General Excellence – Student

First place, Ximena Bustillo –

General News Story – Student

Second place, Jordan Erb – “Students affected by health care gap could see a change”

Third place, Ximena Bustillo – “Boise State students grapple with the damages of Typhoon Yutu”

Page Design – Student

First place, Maddie Ceglecki – Selection of three
Third place, Isabel Sarhad – Selection of three

Column Writing – Student

First place, Logan Potter – “Just a thought”

Watchdog / Investigative – Student

First place, Jordan Erb – “A look into Boise State’s graduation gap”

Serious Feature – Student

First place, Jordan Erb, Taylor Munson – “Rethinking consent and communication”
Second place, Logan Potter – “Seeking identity in a diversity crisis”
Third place, Ximena Bustillo – “Boise State communities work together to address student suicides”

Light Feature – Student

First place, Blake Simony – “Boise State has an interior designer?”

Editorial – Student

First place, Zach Hill – “Bitcoin is killing the environment”
Second place, Logan Potter – “How not to be offensive on Halloween night”

Sports News Report – Student

First place, Autum Robertson – “Running through adversity”
Second place, Delaney Brassil – “Meet Boise State’s new head coaches”
Third place, Delaney Brassil – “Creating the Bronco game day atmosphere”

Photography – Student

Second place, Taylor Humby – Selection of three

Graphics – Student

First place, Wyatt Wurtenberger – “Wurtenberger Graphics”
Second place, Maddie Ceglecki – “Ceglecki Graphics”
Third place, Isabel Sarhad – “Sarhad Graphics”

Boise State Radio winners:

General Excellence – Audio

First place, Frankie Barnhill – “Wanna Know Idaho (podcast): What’s In the Fire Retardant That’s Dropped On Idaho Wildfires?”

Second place, Lacey Daley – “You Know the Place (podcast)”

Third place, Samantha Wright – “Legislative Breakdown (podcast)”

General News Report – Audio

First place, Amanda Peacher – “Trauma Piles On For Refugees in the Wake of Boise Stabbings, Family Separation”

Second place, James Dawson – “3-Year-Old Victim in Boise Stabbing Dies; Suspect Now Faces Murder Charge”

Election Report – Audio

First place, Amanda Peacher – “As Idaho And Utah Vote On Medicaid This Fall, Patient Health Options Hang In The Balance”

Second place, Matt Guilhem – “In ‘Year of the Woman,’ Idaho Will Have First Female Lt. Governor after November Elections”

Third place, James Dawson – “Brad Little Hopes to Chart a Pragmatic Course for Idaho as Governor”

Spot News Report – Audio

First place, James Dawson – “Former Idaho Lawmaker Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Multiple Girls”

Second place, Matt Guilhem – “Safety ‘A Moot Point’ As Idaho Senate Votes Down Bill To Curb Cellphone Use While Driving”

Watchdog / Investigative Report – Audio

First place, James Dawson – “Some Struggle, Others Flee, As Healthcare Gap Persists In Idaho”

Serious Feature Report – Audio

First place, Matt Guilhem – “Idaho’s Attempt to Skirt Affordable Care Act Rules Swatted Down By Feds”

Second place, Heath Druzin – “Gun Rights Groups Pressure Legislators to Expand Stand Your Ground Rules”

Light Feature Report – Audio

First place, James Dawson – “How Did Idaho’s Capital Move From Lewiston to Boise?”

Second place, Samantha Wright – “As Used Bookstores in Idaho Close, Library Friends Take up The Slack”

Third place, Matt Guilhem – “Architectural Bliss: Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Only Idaho Building”

Interview – Audio

First place, Gemma Gaudette, Samantha Wright, Rich Copeland – “Author Kelly Sundberg Talks About Escaping Abuse”

Second place, Samantha Wright – “Idaho Matters Goes To Prison: From Cats to Inmate Emotions”

News Talk Show

First place, Samantha Wright, Gemma Gaudette, Rich Copeland – “Idaho Matters: Boise Mass Stabbing Attack”

Sports News Report

Second place, Frankie Barnhill – “X Games Qualifier Swells Downtown Boise with Weekend Competition”

Public Affairs Program – Audio

Second place, Erik Jones, Andrew Fisher – “I Used to Listen to KBSU: An Origin Story”

Use of Sound – Audio

First place, Matt Guilhem – “On First Visit to Idaho, B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Madras Maiden’ Soars”

Second place, Frankie Barnhill – “Boise’s New Recycling Program Asks Consumers to Help Solve a Global Problem”

Third place, Amanda Peacher – “With Few Protections in Place, Farmland Is Gobbled Up By Subdivisions”

Best Multimedia Reporting

First place, James Dawson – “Our Changing Idaho: What Lessons Boise Can Learn From Growth Across the Country”

Photo Package

Third place, James Dawson – “Boise Stabbing Vigil”

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