Herald’s Cogger recognized for sports coverage

Uinta County Herald Sports Editor Don Cogger, pictured above, was recently awarded for two entries into a national contest.

EVANSTON — The Uinta County Herald was recognized recently when winners of the 2022 National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest were announced, naming Herald Sports Editor Don Cogger as the recipient of two nationwide awards.

Cogger was recognized in the Best Sports Photo category, earning third place, as well as Best Sports Story, where he earned an honorable mention.

Cogger’s winning photo was of EHS swimmer Allyssa Sepos, her head emerging from the water while practicing the breaststroke. His winning sports story, titled “Red Devils outlast Ben Lomond, 14-13,” focused on Evanston’s impressive defensive stand to hammer the nail in the coffin against the Utah team and begin the season 1-0.

Herald publisher Mark Tesoro sang Cogger’s praises.

“Don has been fantastic for the Herald,” he said. “His dedicated sports coverage has been great and his coverage of kids is the highlight for many readers of the local paper. Two national awards for our hometown reporter speaks volumes of his talent.”

Newspapers across the country submit their best work for the NNA contest each year. Winners from the 1,333 entries were announced on July 5 by NNA president Lynne Lance and will be honored at the NNA’s 136th annual convention on Oct. 8, in San Francisco.

This year’s contest saw 92 newspapers from 40 states earn a total of 586 awards.

Wyoming newspapers have done very well in recent years and this year was no exception. The Cheyenne Tribune Eagle took this year’s top award for General Excellence. Second place went to the Sioux City Journal of Sioux City, Iowa; while third went to the Farmington Daily Times of Farmington, California.

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