- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The Oregonian is the winner of the 2015 Ted Natt First Amendment Award for its commitment to fighting for access to public records and the principles of open government.

The award presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association honored the paper for its defense of the First Amendment and deep reporting on a wide range of issues.

The 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.

The Oregonian leveraged public records, FOIA requests, and deep reporting to cover topics including the spraying of workers with herbicides, the distribution of untested rape kits, and irregularities in the deployment of a state health exchange. The newspaper also investigated an influence-peddling scandal involving former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned in February.

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