The Keizertimes won 10 awards presented by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association via a video presentation. The awards included five first place honors.
First place honors were awarded for:
• Best educational coverage to Associate Editor Matt Rawlings for a Keizer has a reading problem, a story about surprisingly low reading skills for incoming freshmen at McNary High School,
• Best enterprise reporting to Managing Editor Eric A. Howald for his series about problems Keizer residents mobile experience at manufactured home parks;
• Best graphics to Production Manager Andrew Jackson for an illustration accompanying a story about the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes possibly leaving the city;
• Best feature photo to Howald for his photo of Caesar the No Drama Llama nuzzling an admirer at Whiteaker Middle School.
• Best special section or issue for the 2019 Holiday Event and Gift Guide, to the staff.
Second place honors for best special section/issue were awarded to community reporter Lauren Murphy for her No Adults Allowed special section for kids; and, for best coverage of business and economic issues to Howald for What to expect when you’re expecting In-N-Out.
Third place honors were presented for best educational coverage to Keizertimes intern Brooklyn Flint for a series of advice articles for teens and best feature photo to Howald for a photo of the old Keizer school bell being placed atop the a story pole outside the Keizer Civic Center.
The Keizertimes also won third place in the general excellence category.