Courtesy KBTC.

Tom Layson, Managing Editor of KBTC Public Television, was recently honored with a prestigious award for his multi-media work on Emmy-award winning public affairs program Northwest Now. He was the first-place winner for region 10 — comprised of Washington, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, and Montana — in the General News Reporting category in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual competition.

The episode that earned him the award was The Casket Maker, which follows the unique and profound trajectory of a craftsman on Vashon Island. Not only did Layson write the program — he also shot, narrated, and edited it.

“I am so gratified to win this award as a multi-media journalist, where the entire production rests on my shoulders,” Layson said. “It’s an honor to be recognized by people who appreciate longer story arcs, and the effort that went into shooting something that required detailed videography and story-driven editing to execute.”

KBTC’s executive director and general manager DeAnne Hamilton was thrilled that Layson was recognized for his excellent work on The Casket Maker, which is exemplary of the unique stories of western Washingtonians that KBTC strives to tell.

The Society of Professional Journalism also awarded The Casket Maker with a silver Telly award. The competition for this award included over 12,000 entries from every state and from five continents.