Oregonian wins 2018 Natt Award

September 26, 2018 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Oregonian/OregonLive is the winner of the 2018 Ted Natt First Amendment Award for its commitment to fighting for access to public records and the principles of open government.

The award to reporter Bethany Barnes was announced Wednesday. It is in recognition of her story, “The Benefit of the Doubt,” and a series of follow-up articles that explored Portland Public Schools’ handling of allegations of sexual misconduct. This reporting led to a broader investigation of governance of Oregon’s largest school district and ultimately resulted in increased transparency and accountability.

The Natt Award is named for the former publisher of The Daily News of Longview, Wash., who died in a helicopter crash in 1999. The competition was open to newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana that are members of The Associated Press.