SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News netted more first-place journalism awards than any other media outlet in Utah's Society of Professional Journalists contest.

The annual competition put on by the society's Utah Headliners chapter is the biggest contest in the state, judging the best local journalism on all platforms. This year's contest drew more than 850 entries, with Deseret News taking first place in 18 Division A categories.

Also honored by the Utah Headliners this year were three leaders in the Deseret News and KSL newsroom: Deseret News Managing Editor Richard D. Hall received the Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award, KSL General Manager Tanya Vea received the Josephine Zimmerman Pioneer in Journalism Award, and KSL Newsradio News Director Sheryl Worsley received the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award.

Deseret News winners

Government Reporting: 1st place, McKenzie Romero, Enoch: 45 years without a tax increase; 2nd place, Lisa Riley Roche, Will Utah Democrats' focus shift?; 3rd place, Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Striking a balance in Moab

Business/Consumer Reporting: 1st place, Jasen Lee, What Trey Burke can teach you about money management; 3rd place, Lois M.Collins, Healthcare is no game

Multimedia Journalist: 1st place, Emilee Bench

Best Newspaper Reporter: 2nd place, Amy Joi O'Donoghue; 3rd place, Lois M. Collins

Editorial: 1st place, Jay Evensen, Utah gun law that canceled USU speech is an embarrassment

General News: 1st place, McKenzie Romero, When is a runaway in danger?; 2nd place, Lois M. Collins and Marjorie Cortez, When the growing gets tough

Military Reporting: 1st place, Lois M. Collins, Life and Liberty; 3rd place, Lane Anderson, Mom goes to war

Minority Issues Reporting: 1st place, Marjorie Cortez, Little Emmanuel's journey; 2nd place, Marjorie Cortez, Obama: Deport felons, not families

General Feature: 1st place, Morgan Jacobsen, 19 Promises

Criminal Justice Reporting: 1st place, Whitney Evans, Protecting children; 3rd place, McKenzie Romero, Bountiful man speaks out

Best news-oriented website: 1st place,

Best Newspaper: 2nd place, Deseret News

Series: 2nd place, Amy Joi O'Donoghue, The Water Question; 3rd place, Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Crude Reality

Spot News: 2nd place, Dennis Romboy, Lisa Riley Roche and Pat Reavy, Shurtleff, Swallow face felony charges

Humor/Lifestyle Column: 2nd place, Lee Benson, He rolls up his sleeves and votes

Page Design, Feature Page: 2nd place, Heidi Perry, The Catalysts

Religion/Values Reporting: 3rd place, Whitney Evans, Navigating interfaith marriage

Arts and Entertainment: 2nd place, Erica Palmer, The changing definition of TV

Review/Criticism: 3rd place, Rachel Brutsch, 'Joseph'

Sports Column 1st place, Brad Rock, Jazz finally get Sloan to take a bow

Sports, Deadline Reporting: 1st place, Dirk Facer, No.5 overpowers Utah

Sports, Non-Deadline: 2nd place, Mike Sorensen, Ex-Ute gets gift of life

Art/Illustration: 2nd place, Aaron Thorup, LDS Temples of the World

Best multimedia online: 2nd place, Jeffrey D. Allred, Lois M. Collins, Christian P. Ross, Matthew Montgomery, Life and Liberty

Best Photographer: 1st place, Jeffrey D. Allred

General News Photo: 1st place, Tom Smart, Mother's Goodbye; 2nd place, Hugh Carey, Girl who lost mother; Honorable mention, Laura Seitz, New Citizen; Honorable mention, Hugh Carey, Remembering her son

Photo Essay: 2nd place, Jeffrey D. Allred, Funeral for Brylee; 3rd place, Jeffrey D. Allred, Inmate trained dogs

Sports Action Photo: 1st place, Scott G Winterton, Volleyball dive; 3rd place, Hugh Carey, Bracing for impact; Honorable mention, Scott G Winterton, Jazz Win

Sports Feature Photo 1st place, Hugh Carey, Champions; Honorable mention, Jeffrey D. Allred, Swim Bubble; Honorable mention, Ravell Call, At the net

Spot News Photo: 1st place, Scott G Winterton, Chopper crash

Feature photo: 3rd place, Laura Seitz, Ballerina

Videography feature: 1st place, Jeffrey D. Allred, Brain injury tests faith