PR firm awarded in the editorial/op-ed, media relations and internal communications categories 



PORTLAND, Ore. (October 26, 2023) – A.wordsmith, a boutique communications firm specializing in public relations, marketing communications and branding, was recognized with three 2023 Spotlight Awards from Public Relations Society of America’s Oregon chapter.  

A.wordsmith took home Awards of Merit in three categories. These include: 

  • Tactics: Editorial/Op-Ed for its work with Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. A.wordsmith worked alongside CEO, Cyreena Boston Ashby, to develop and place an Op-Ed in the Oregonian titled “Opinion: Comprehensive sex education key for empowering youth in health decisions.”  
  • Tactics: Media Relations for its work with Skamania Lodge. A.wordsmith pared a proactive and multi-faceted communications strategy to reinvigorate Skamania Lodge’s brand position, increase guest awareness and media exposure, expand traveler reach and uniquely differentiate itself from other resorts in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • Campaigns: Internal Communications for its work with PARR. A.wordsmith defined and delivered a robust internal communications strategy, roadmap and guide alongside ongoing strategies to expand and improve processes for greater impact. 

“I love joining our colleagues and peers at the PRSA Spotlight Awards to celebrate the great work being done in our industry,” said Ann Smith, president and founder of A.wordsmith. “Our team is relentless in our pursuit of quality results for our clients and it’s very rewarding to be recognized in this fashion.  Thanks to PRSA Oregon for a fun night!” 

PRSA Oregon hosts their annual Spotlight Awards to celebrate communications professionals and noteworthy campaigns throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Each entry is evaluated by a panel of professionals who consider the research, planning, implementation and evaluation for each campaign. 


Founded in 2009, A.wordsmith is a boutique communications firm in Portland, Ore. The firm’s core areas of expertise are public relations, marketing communications and branding. Strategically designed and delivered, A.wordsmith’s brand of communications is a uniquely powerful tool. We challenge. We differentiate. We start relationships and enhance existing ones – with your employees, partners, clients and the media alike. And we help you drive sales with high-value customers. Clients of A.wordsmith include Tektronix, Trinity Consultants, Skamania Lodge, PARR, Certified Languages International and Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington.   

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Anna Newman