'Bones' Wins Top Honors in Writing

Columns Receives Four CASE Awards

"Bones of Contention," a story about Kennewick Man that was published in the December 2000 Columns, was named the best feature article of the year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District VIII, the professional organization announced Feb. 26. The council represents university communications, alumni and fund-raising programs in five states and six Canadian provinces.

Columns Magazine December 2000 issue

The cover story in the December 2000 Columns won a Grand Gold Award from a professional organization representing universities in five states and six Canadian provinces. The article about Kennewick Man, "Bones of Contention," was written by free-lancer Brad Broberg.

Free-lance writer Brad Broberg won a 2001 Grand Gold Award in Feature Writing for his coverage of the controversy surrounding the remains of a 9,000-year-old human skeleton found on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash., and now housed at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Currently, a federal judge in Portland, Ore., is presiding over a lawsuit that would prevent the delivery of the remains to Native American leaders, who vow to bury them. Eight scientists filed the lawsuit to prevent reburial and ensure that the remains would be available for further study.

Broberg's honor is significant because Grand Gold Awards are given at the discretion of the judges. In some years, none are given in the feature writing category.

Broberg is also part of a group of writers that won CASE's 2001 Silver Award in Periodical Team Writing. Other members are Columns Associate Editor Jon Marmor for "Fatal Choices," and Columns Editor Tom Griffin for "Face to Face."

Marmor's "Fatal Choices" was a September 2000 article about two fatal shootings on or near the UW campus. In one incident, a distraught medical resident shot his faculty adviser and then himself. In the other, a pizza delivery driver shot and killed a UW student after the student walked on his car and allegedly tried to open the car door.

Griffin's "Face to Face" was an interview with UW President Richard L. McCormick printed in the June 2000 issue. The article was a reflection on the first five years of McCormick's presidency and touched on some of the significant events of that period.

Marmor also won CASE's 2001 Bronze Award in Feature Writing for "Fatal Choices." He, Griffin and Columns Art Director Ken Shafer also shared CASE's 2001 Bronze Award in Overall Magazine Production for university periodicals with a circulation greater than 20,000.

CASE District VIII covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska in the United States and British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon in Canada.

Since 1990, Columns has won 116 awards for writing, editing, design, photography and overall periodical publishing in local, regional and national competitions.

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