Moonshine Ink took home numerous news coverage and advertising awards from the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for pieces submitted from 2021. North Tahoe/Truckee’s monthly newspaper, the Ink publishes in-depth news, columns, features, and photos about local issues in the North Tahoe and Truckee regions and in Reno, South Lake Tahoe, and the western Sierra Nevada foothills. The 20-year-old newspaper is supported by advertising and membership contributions from readers.

Of the annual NNAF slate of awards, Moonshine scooped 13 editorial awards in the following categories:

An ad series created for Pass It On Thrift, a shop in downtown Tahoe City for gently used eclectic clothing, housewares, and gear, received third place.


The National Newspaper Association promotes news literacy, protects the First Amendment, and enhances the quality, role, and capabilities of community newspapers and community journalists across the U.S. Each year, the association honors the best in community journalism in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and the best in community newspaper advertising in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.


  • Laura Read

    A 32-year Lake Tahoe resident, Laura Read is a freelance writer and editor who's published essays, travel stories, and features in Moonshine Ink, the San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic Traveler, Sierra, MIT Technology Review, The Furrow, and others. She edited the Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique cookbook by Douglas Dale and copy edited Hans Burkhart's memoir, Above and Beyond - My Life Giving the World a Lift. She lives in Tahoe City.

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