The Skanner News hosted the NNPA national convention in Portland June, 2014. A meet and greet was held at Portland Prime in downtown Portland. The Skanner News and The Portland Observer gave awards to local groups and individuals who have made a difference for African Americans and other communities of color in Oregon. Among the honorees: Patrick Quinton, executive director of the Portland Development Commission and the PDC board; JoAnn Hardesty and local Pastors Rev. LeRoy Haines and Rev. Allen Bethel for their leadership on police accountability, Oregon Historical Society for its work to preserve and display the state's diverse history, longtime advocates and political leaders former Sens. Margaret Carter and Avel Gordly.