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SPJ’s Top of the Rockies winners 2020

Print: Circulation of between 10,000 – 29,999

Category Name Award Credits Organization Entry Title
Features: Short form First Place Alex  Burness Colorado Independent After hearing Sam Mandezs story, the judge could only cry
Features: Short form Second Place Jens Gould, Luis Sánchez Saturno Santa Fe New Mexican Tales from a man camp, in 2 parts
Features: Short form Third Place Alex DeWind Highlands Ranch Herald The perfect son
A&E and Food: Single Story First Place Doug Fox Daily Herald Jason Alexander helps Utah Valley University break in new domain at Noorda Center
A&E and Food: Single Story Second Place Claire McArthur Devour When You Want to Visit Napa
A&E and Food: Single Story Third Place Niki Kottmann Wyoming Tribune Eagle A fun alternative to traditional ballet
Sports: Enterprise Reporting First Place Jeremiah Johnke Wyoming Tribune Eagle WTE Prep Football Program of the 2010s
Business: Enterprise Reporting First Place Jens Erik Gould, Luis Sánchez Saturno Santa Fe New Mexican Permian Basin oil boom
Sports: Columns First Place Dale Shrull Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Whistle while you work; Special Olympics a gather of joy; Decency strikes out
Sports Videography First Place Nathan  Fish Las Cruces Sun-News Las Cruces vs. Mayfield: A high school football rivalry like no other
News Videography First Place Nathan Fish Las Cruces Sun-News In the wake of the El Paso Walmart shooting
Legal: Enterprise Reporting First Place Julia Cardi Law Week Colorado An Outlier in Southwest Colorado
Headline Writing First Place Doug Fox Daily Herald Entertainment in 2019
Headline Writing Second Place Mitchell Byars Boulder Daily Camera Police: Man bites dog
Politics: General Reporting First Place Jens Gould, Gabriela Campos, Luis Sánchez Saturno Santa Fe New Mexican Profiles of NM Gov. Lujan Grisham and her inner circle
Politics: General Reporting Second Place John Herrick Colorado Independent Hickenlooper is pitching his climate credentials on the Senate trail. Its a tough sell.
Politics: General Reporting Third Place John  Herrick Colorado Independent Nearly half of Colorado inmates are parole eligible but still behind bars. Some lawmakers hope to change that.
Feature: Long form First Place Jens Gould, Gabriela Campos Santa Fe New Mexican “A Border on the Edge”
Feature: Long form Second Place Seth Klamann Casper Star-Tribune A Wyoming ranch hand went missing amid one of the great disasters in U.S. Army history, igniting a decadeslong effort to find him
Feature: Long form Third Place Tina Griego Colorado Independent Parked: Mobile home parks become immigrants home away from home
General Podcasting Excellence First Place Justin Martinez Las Cruces Sun-News Straight Shooter
General Podcasting Excellence Second Place Katherine Lewin Santa Fe Reporter Reported
General Podcasting Excellence Third Place Julia Cardi Law Week Colorado Hearsay by Law Week Colorado
Single Page Design First Place Jonathan Scherer Wyoming Tribune Eagle Christmas at the White House
Investigative/Enterprise Reporting First Place Susan Greene Colorado Independent Decision Dissected: What regents say they knew  and didnt  about CU presidential pick
Investigative/Enterprise Reporting Second Place Jeff  Proctor Santa Fe Reporter Case not Closed
Investigative/Enterprise Reporting Third Place Jens Gould Santa Fe New Mexican Investigation of ICE treatment of asylum seekers
Front Page Design First Place Anson Stevens-Bollen Santa Fe Reporter Sold For Sex
Front Page Design Second Place Joe Horton Law Week Colorado What’s in the Cards?
Ag and Environment: Enterprise First Place John Herrick Colorado Independent Colorados plan to avoid a water shortage needs money. Is a tax on sports betting the answer?
Ag and Environment: Enterprise Second Place Laura Paskus New Mexico Political Report Decades after it was discovered, pollution continues migrating beneath Socorro
Ag and Environment: Enterprise Third Place John Herrick Colorado Independent In Front Range region suffering from poor air quality, oil and gas drilling hasnt slowed much
Marijuana General Reporting First Place Jessica Gibbs Highlands Ranch Herald Family fights medical marijuana policy
Marijuana General Reporting Second Place Andy Lyman New Mexico Political Report State job opportunities limited for medical cannabis patients
Marijuana General Reporting Third Place Andy Lyman New Mexico Political Report Debate over out-of-state resident eligibility for medical cannabis cards
News Column First Place Mike Littwin Colorado Independent Mike Littwin on race, politics, and another school shooting
News Column Second Place Susan  Greene Colorado Independent Greene on crime, punishment and justice
News Column Third Place Dale Shrull Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Muslims don’t feel helpless; Decency strikes out; ‘Thank you for saving my life’
Sports: General Reporting First Place Tyler Poslosky Wyoming Tribune Eagle Band of brothers
Sports: General Reporting Second Place Jeremiah Johnke Wyoming Tribune Eagle A sport of her own
Sports: General Reporting Third Place Jason Groves Las Cruces Sun-News Johnny McCants dedicates breakout sophomore season to older brother
Politics: Enterprise Reporting First Place Alex Burness Colorado Independent From rage to heartbreak: How a landmark immigration bill fell apart at the Colorado statehouse
Politics: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Mitchell Byars Boulder Daily Camera Boulder DA decries deportation of suspect
Politics: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Andy Lyman New Mexico Political Report Legal costs, impact on women often overlooked in lawsuits
Business: General Reporting First Place Camille Erickson Casper Star-Tribune Blackjewel bankruptcy
Business: General Reporting Second Place Jens Gould, Gabriela Campos Santa Fe New Mexican On the money
Business: General Reporting Third Place Mitchell Byars Boulder Daily Camera Government shutdown: Breweries and alcohol businesses feeling the effects
Public Service First Place Susan Greene, Niki  Turner Colorado Independent Through the Cracks: A stranger, a police shooting, and a rural towns silence
Public Service Second Place Susan Greene Colorado Independent GEO-run Aurora ICE Detention Center is isolating immigrants  some mentally ill  in prolonged solitary confinement
Public Service Third Place Algernon D’Ammassa Las Cruces Sun-News How Libby Leask won a 3-year fight with pension board and changed the law
Special Section First Place Morgan Hughes, Camille Erickson, Cayla Nimmo, Elysia Conner, Sally Ann Shurmur, Nick Reynolds, Seth Klamann, Chris Aadland, Shane Sanderson, Brandon Foster, Josh Wolfson Casper Star-Tribune Breaking Through: The Star-Tribune celebrates 150 years of women’s suffrage in Wyoming
Special Section Second Place WTE staff , Rachel Girt, Logan Harrison Wyoming Tribune Eagle The Renovation of the Wyoming Capitol
Special Section Third Place Darby Doyle, Anna Kaser, Carolyn Campbell, Jared Blackley, Brian Fryer, Jerre Wroble Devour Fall Foraging: Tempting fall festivals and harvest eats give you reasons to hit the road
Feature Videography First Place Nadav  Soroker Wyoming Tribune Eagle Fire Academy
Feature Videography Second Place Nathan Fish Las Cruces Sun-News How to apply sugar skull makeup
Info Graphic First Place Damien Willis Las Cruces Sun-News Ranked choice voting results: The process
Info Graphic Second Place Zack Fifer, Julia Cardi Law Week Colorado The Legislative Session from Start to Finish
Info Graphic Third Place Anson Stevens-Bollen Santa Fe Reporter Rail Runner
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting First Place Darby Doyle Devour Calling the Shots: Best advice from behind the bar
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Maya Silver Vamoose Foods of Antiquity: Being a hunter-gatherer in drought-prone Utah made for an unpredictable menu
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Merry Lycette Harrison Devour Turnaround Cafe, Gardens of Hope
General Website Excellence First Place Daily Camera Staff Boulder Daily Camera Boulder Daily Camera
General Website Excellence Second Place Staff Daily Herald Daily Herald
Spot News Photography First Place Isaac Hale Daily Herald Rollover
News Photography First Place Isaac  Hale Daily Herald Police funeral
News Photography Second Place Michael Cummo Wyoming Tribune Eagle Plane Movin’
News Photography Third Place Katherine  Lewin Santa Fe Reporter Red Sand
Sports Photography First Place Isaac Hale Daily Herald Box out
Sports Photography Second Place Michael Cummo Wyoming Tribune Eagle Hold On
Sports Photography Third Place Michael Cummo Wyoming Tribune Eagle The Defense Rejoices
Feature Photography First Place Isaac Hale Daily Herald Carnival
Feature Photography Second Place Isaac Hale Daily Herald Color run
Feature Photography Third Place Michael Cummo Wyoming Tribune Eagle Where To Start?
General Reporting- Series or Package First Place Jens Gould, Ivan  Pierre Aguirre Santa Fe New Mexican “Behind the Wall”
General Reporting- Series or Package Second Place Jessica Gibbs, Alex  DeWind Highlands Ranch Herald STEM School shooting
General Reporting- Series or Package Third Place John  Herrick Colorado Independent Meet the new bosses (not like the old bosses)
News Reporting- Single Story First Place Alex Burness Colorado Independent Colorado immigrant community in panic mode
News Reporting- Single Story Second Place John Herrick Colorado Independent Locked up and in withdrawal
News Reporting- Single Story Third Place Katie Kull Wyoming Tribune Eagle Manlove may have omitted key data in court filing
Breaking News Story First Place Jessica Gibbs, Alex DeWind, David Gilbert, Ellis Arnold, Nick Puckett Highlands Ranch Herald STEM School shooting
Breaking News Story Second Place Mitchell  Byars Boulder Daily Camera Woman hospitalized, man arrested after shooting
Breaking News Story Third Place Kristina Pritchett Boulder Daily Camera Officials: Town victim of fraud
Feature Page Design First Place Derek Carlisle, Merry Lycette Harrison Devour To Infinitea and Beyond: To boldly seek the best leaves in the galaxy
Feature Page Design Second Place Tommy  Kubitsky, Reid  Neureiter, Rebecca Voll, Mark  Silverstein Greater Park Hill News Park Hill Haunting
Health: Enterprise Reporting First Place Braley Dodson Daily Herald Married with autism  communication key in neurodiverse relationships
Health: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Blake Gumprecht Las Cruces Sun-News Beware the spore: Fungus in New Mexico soils causes serious illness
Health: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Leah Cantor Santa Fe Reporter No Place to Rest
Column Personal/Humor First Place Diane Schmidt Gallup Independent Upon Waking; Your Wild and Precious Life; Driving the Night Shift, Christmas Eve
Column Personal/Humor Second Place Mike Littwin Colorado Independent Littwin: Writers write, but this one couldnt write about the most important person in his life
Column Personal/Humor Third Place Rebecca Chavez-Houck Vamoose All Aboaaard!, Elusive Desert Dwellers, Strangers in a Strange Land
Editorials First Place Quentin Young Boulder Daily Camera Gardner should resign
Editorials Second Place Brian Martin Wyoming Tribune Eagle WTE “Our View” editorials
Editorials Third Place David Martin Green River Star Green River Star editorials
A&E and Food: Criticism First Place Doug Fox Daily Herald His gift is his song: Elton John wows Utah fans in Vivint Arena farewell
Religion General Reporting First Place Matt Grubs Santa Fe Reporter Credibly Accused
Religion General Reporting Second Place Kristina Pritchett Boulder Daily Camera Family blames religious trauma
Education: Enterprise Reporting First Place Seth Klamann Casper Star-Tribune Natrona County special education instructors mocked students, shared embarrassing photo and video
Education: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Braley Dodson Daily Herald Losing the faith: BYU students undergoing faith crises torn between leaving university or staying quiet
Education: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Braley  Dodson Daily Herald BYU considered building campuses in Anaheim, Phoenix and Portland to manage growth
Science and Technology: Enterprise Reporting First Place Charlie Brennan Boulder Daily Camera Monitoring an evolving world
Science and Technology: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Charlie Brennan Boulder Daily Camera Boulder claims strong ties to first manned moon landing
Education: General Reporting First Place Amy Bounds Boulder Daily Camera BVSD decides against creating standalone program for students with autism
Education: General Reporting Second Place Claire McArthur Devour Cook Up a Career: From professionals to hobbyists, Park City Culinary Institute offers something for everyone
Education: General Reporting Third Place Jessica Gibbs Highlands Ranch Herald Public funds for private schools
Ag and Environment: General Reporting First Place John  Herrick Colorado Independent What you should know about drilling on federal land in Colorado
Ag and Environment: General Reporting Second Place Kendra Chamberlain New Mexico Political Report Tribes are leaders in wildlife management
Ag and Environment: General Reporting Third Place John Herrick Colorado Independent Night work to continue as I-70 construction takes toll on Elyria-Swansea residents