January 19, 2022

Louise Mugar, Co-Publisher and Advertising Director
(360) 332-1777

The Northern Light Newspaper Receives Record 39 Awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association's 2021 Better Newspaper Awards

Patrick Grubb, publisher of The Northern Light newspaper, and co-owner of Point Roberts Press, is pleased to announce the company received a record number of awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Fourteen of the awards were first place finishes and were awarded in editorial, photography, advertising, special publication and website categories. Contest entries are judged by an out of state newspaper association jury of its peers. 

Notably, it was awarded first prize in the state of Washington for its comprehensive Covid-19 coverage, inarguably the biggest story of the century, as well as first place for the state’s buzziest story, the Asian giant hornet. 

Our annual coastal community guide, Waterside 2021, was awarded first place in tourism while Mount Baker Experience received two awards for excellence in design. 

Digital excellence was also recognized for our websites: The Northern Light website was awarded first place in the newspaper category while the Mount Baker Experience and Waterside websites received second and third place in special interest websites. 

The Northern Light was established in 1995 and serves the communities of Blaine, Birch Bay, Semiahmoo and Custer, the second largest population cluster after Bellingham according to the 2020 census. It is delivered by the U.S. Mail and offers advertisers effective, economic and independently audited circulation directly to all homes in the 98230 zip code. Circulation 10,500 copies.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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