This year, we’re social distancing. Alaska Press Club Board Member Tom Hewitt dressed up and gave us a bit of an #AlaskaPressClub Celebration!

Congratulations to Ed Schoenfeld, the 2019 Alaska Press Club First Amendment Award Honoree.

We received some great feedback from our judges on the quality of entries this year. Here’s some of what they had to say:

“Judging this contest felt like a near-impossible task. Almost all of the entries could have earned first-place recognition. It’s comforting to know the residents of Alaska have such capable watchdogs holding the criminal justice system accountable.” – Judge for Best Legal Affairs Reporting

“Having judged countless competitions, I am not exaggerating in saying that viewers of television news in Alaska are the beneficiaries of some of the finest feature reporting anywhere.” – Judge for TV Best Feature

“I’ve been a contest judge for more than 15 years and in multiple states. This is the most compelling, robust environmental reporting I have ever seen. The competition this year went above and beyond anything I had hoped to watch, listen to or read as a judge. I must salute all of the journalists who submitted entries in this category. Your work goes beyond Alaska to issues about which all Americans should be informed. Really well done!” – Judge for Best Environmental Reporting

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Thank you so much to the 73 judges who took the time (many during the coronavirus outbreak) to judge our contest.

Many thanks are also due to the Atwood Foundation, Knight Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation. Our contest facilitator John Kendall, and to Williwaw, where we wish we could all be enjoying a fantastic meal with you in person — they’ve hosted us in past years and were very understanding this year as we canceled our in-person event.

Now — what you’ve been waiting for!

Alaska Press Club Awards 2019 (PDF)

(If you would like us to mail you your award certificate, click here.)

Past Awards

Click here to see the results of the 2018 and past contests.

Click here to read about the 2018 Public Service Award winner and honorable mentions.

Click here for a full list of award winners 2017 – including judges’ comments

First Amendment Award 2017: Lisa Demer

Public Service Award 2017: “The Solutions Desk” – Alaska Public Media and Anne Hillman

Questions: Any contest related questions can be sent to