The Bozeman Daily Chronicle won several awards, including nine first-place trophies, at the Montana Newspaper Association convention this past weekend in Big Sky.

Chronicle chief photographer Rachel Leathe led the Chronicle’s showing with first-place wins in feature, sports and portrait photography. The Chronicle was also judged to have the best website among the state’s daily newspapers.

Reporter Gail Schontzler won first place in education reporting for her story, “Relationship boundaries,” about Montana State University revisiting its policies regarding student-faculty romances. Schontzler also took second place in investigative reporting for her series about Montana’s foster care system.

City editor Michael Wright won first place in lifestyle reporting for his story, “Living with grizzlies,” and sports reporter Paul Schwedelson won first place for best sports story for his coverage of the Montana State-Montana football game.

Reporter Katheryn Houghton and former reporter Lewis Kendall took third place in best continuing coverage for their series, “Post cards from Bozeman’s future.”

In design categories, Michael Appelgate took second place for best front page, and Jon Maletz took second place for best sports page.

The Chronicle’s advertising staff won first-place trophies for best special section for the fall dining guide and best niche publication for its wedding guide. The staff also took second place in the best special section category for the At Home publication.

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