GeekWire is proud to report that staff writer Taylor Soper has been selected as one of three New Journalists of the Year by the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — a well-deserved recognition for a key member of our team.
GeekWire readers know Taylor for his constant presence on the site, posting numerous stories a day on deadline, but over the past year he has also proven his ability to step back and go deep on key issues affecting the tech community.
Recent examples include Taylor’s in-depth look at Year Up’s efforts to give low-income young adults careers in the tech industry, and his report on an attempt by Seattle entrepreneurs to use technology to address homelessness.
He has also distinguished himself covering technology angles at Seattle City Hall — breaking the story about the city’s failed Gigabit Squared project, and relentlessly covering the controversy over the city’s ride-sharing rules.
Taylor was recognized as a New Journalist of the Year along with Stephanie Schendel of The Chronicle in Lewis County, Wash.; and Rikki King of The Herald of Everett. (L-R in the photo below.) Also check out the full slate of Western Washington SPJ Gala award winners.