Sound Publishing’s Everett-based newspaper the Daily Herald recently received prestigious awards from the Associated Press, Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) and Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG).

Over the past month, the Daily Herald won the 2014 Associated Press Ted Natt First Amendment Award as well as a C.B. Blethen Memorial award for distinguished reporting.  The Ted Natt First Amendment Award recognized a series of stories that revealed abuses of county government public records and technology policies.

Two Daily Herald photographers won five awards between themselves in the 2014 Associated Press Northwest photo contest at the annual PNNA meeting.

In addition, the Daily Herald and three members of its news staff were honored with Key Awards by WCOG for reporting that led to the resignation of Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon in 2013. The awards recognize individuals or organizations that have made notable contributions to open government.