The Hermiston Herald was honored with two awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association during the organization’s annual convention last week in Bend.

Jade McDowell, a Hermiston-based reporter for both the East Oregonian and Hermiston Herald, placed second in the Best Spot News category for her reporting on the aftermath of a murder-suicide that rocked the community in August 2016.

Doug Sanders also placed second in the Best Front Page Design category for a selection of his front page designs for 2016.