At the April 2009 Nebraska Press Association awards banquet in Kearney, the Eagle picked up 12 awards in the NPA's Better Newspaper Contest. The Eagle took first place in five different categories, a total higher than previous years. Eagle editor Nathan Arneal also took home first and second places in the sports writing category.
First place: Sports writing (Silver Surprise), News writing (Democracy Inaction), Newspaper promotion (This is the Eagle campaign), Single retail advertising idea, Spot news photography
Second place: Sports writing (Renter jumps for gold), Sports action photo, Classified section, Signature page
Third place: Spot news writing (May flood), Sports column writing, Sports feature photo
Eagle publisher Nathan Arneal, left, accepts the NSEA's Education Advocate award.
At its annual convention on April 26, 2008, the Nebraska State Education Association named the North Bend Eagle the winner of its Education Advocate Award for its outstanding coverage of the local school system.
At the 2008 Nebraska Press Association awards banquet in April, the Eagle garnered a total of 15 awards in the NPA's Better Newspaper Contest, including first place in four categories. Included in its awards, the Eagle won two of the top three spots in the advertising campaign category, the second consecutive year it has done so. Overall, the Eagle place third in its classification, Class B, and won third place in the general excellence category. Awards won include:
First place: Sports page; Column writing; Newspaper promotion; Use of computer graphics
Second place: Sports action photo; Sports feature photo; Spot news writing; Feature series; Sports writing; Advertising campaign; Agricultural advertisement
Third place: General excellence; Photo page; Sports column writing; Advertising campaign
The Eagle picked up 18 individual awards at the 2007 Nebraska Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The Eagle was second overall among Class A weekly newspapers, the smallest circulation classification. Among the big winners was the Eagle's June 21 issue commemorating North Bend's 150th birthday, which picked up five awards itself. Awards won include:
First place: Sports column writing; Advertising campaign; Spot news writing; Community promotional advertisement
Second place: Reader interaction; In-depth writing; Single feature story; Sports writing; Advertising campaign; Use of in-house computer graphics;
Third place: General excellence; Reader contest; News photography; Feature photography; Column writing; Special edition; Use of in-house computer graphics
In 1989, under the direction of publisher Lois Lambley, the Eagle won the Cramer Award as the state's best weekly newspaper in the Nebraska Press Association's annual contest.