Originally published Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 10:25a.m.

There are many good things about the Navajo -Hopi Observer but one of the best things about our paper is our staff.

Every year the editorial staff receives recognition and awards from our company, Western News and Information (WNI). WNI is a family owned corporation that owns 10 papers in Arizona. During the annual editorial conference newspapers compete against one another for first, second and third place in writing and photography.

Navajo-Hopi Observer editor Katherine Locke won first place in excellence in writing and feature/specialty writing and second place in column/opinion writing.

Another publication that is published in addition to the Navajo-Hopi Observer is Williams-Grand Canyon News that covers the city of Williams and Grand Canyon.

Wendy Howell, our reporter for Williams News won first place for best video, news photography and lead writing and second place for sports writing, sports photography and excellence in writing and third place in headline writing and feature photography.

Erin Ford, our Grand Canyon News reporter won second place for creativity in writing and feature writing and third place for sports photography and news photography.

Our staff is small and we work hard to cover all of the events that are important to the communities we serve. Williams-Grand Canyon News and the Navajo-Hopi Observer is proud of the work of their reporters and editors because of the time and effort put in by them, these papers are award winning publications. There is nothing better than a staff who enjoy their work and who do it well.

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