TOR 2020 – 30,000 to 75,000

SPJ’s Top of the Rockies winners 2020

Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000

Radio: Small market stations, Television: Small market stations

Category NameAwardCreditsOrganizationEntry Title
Feature Page DesignFirst PlaceElena TrappColorado Springs IndependentWomxn’s Issue
Feature Page DesignSecond PlaceDustin  GlatzColorado Springs IndependentEvery last dropRegional agencies struggle to find water for a growing population
Feature Page DesignThird PlaceDustin  GlatzColorado Springs IndependentFinding the Funny
Single Page DesignFirst PlaceElena TrappColorado Springs IndependentThe Fight for Folium
Single Page DesignSecond PlaceSusan FranceBoulder WeeklyNibbles
Single Page DesignThird PlaceElena TrappColorado Springs IndependentEvent Horizon
Front Page DesignFirst PlaceDustin  GlatzColorado Springs IndependentSummer cover
Front Page DesignSecond PlaceDustin  GlatzColorado Springs IndependentEvery last drop cover
Front Page DesignThird PlaceSusan FranceBoulder WeeklyBest of Boulder 2019
Headline WritingFirst PlaceChelsea Naughton, Lee Hale, Rocio Hernandez, Erik NeumannKUERWhen Radio Goes To Print: Headlines From
Legal: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceMegan  Kamerick, Kathy Wimmer, Kevin McDonaldKNMEProposed Gun Bill: Extreme Risk Protection Order
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEric PetersonUtah Investigative Journalism ProjectAsleep at the wheel: How a secret study on Utah’s roads could be putting drivers at risk.
Sports PhotographyFirst PlaceJenny SparksLoveland Reporter-HeraldLoveland tops Berthoud
Spot News PhotographyFirst PlaceHart Van DenburgColorado Public RadioPromised Snow Snarls The Front Range, Closes State Govt And Will Certainly Mess With Your Travel Plans
Sports: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEmma AthenaBoulder WeeklyOut from below
Feature VideographyFirst PlaceRay BooneKSL-TVMy Name’s Glen
Feature VideographySecond PlaceDoug Fabrizio, Kelsie Moore KUERRadioWest Films: ‘The Gray Area’ 
Feature: Long formFirst PlaceRobert Sanchez5280The Long-Forgotten Vigilante Murders of the San Luis Valley 
Feature: Long formSecond PlaceFaith MillerColorado Springs IndependentTiny homes and tall tales? Smooth-talking Texan leaves nonprofit workers, officials scratching their heads
Feature: Long formThird PlaceStephanie EarlsColorado Springs GazetteHorseshoe Donuts
Politics: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceJoel DyerBoulder WeeklyWindows Walls and Invisible Lines
Politics: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceBente Birkeland, Megan Verlee, Chuck Murphy Colorado Public RadioCPR investigates the personnel problems plaguing a new state ethics commissioner
Politics: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceGiselle CesinBoulder WeeklyAn Insider’s View of the Venezuelan Crisis
Politics: General ReportingFirst PlaceNatasha Gardner5280State Representative Leslie Herod Has a Story to Share
Politics: General ReportingSecond PlaceJulia Rentsch, Max Levy, Pamela JohnsonLoveland Reporter-HeraldMayor vs. Council
Politics: General ReportingThird PlaceMarisa Demarco, Hannah ColtonKUNM  Public RadioZoning And Structural Racism In ABQ’s Historic Neighborhoods: ABQ City Council Race 2019
Legal: General ReportingFirst PlaceMatt CortinaBoulder WeeklyReckoning with force
Legal: General ReportingSecond PlaceLaurenz  BuschYellow Scene MagazineSex V Violence: CO’s Newest Sex Ed Laws
Legal: General ReportingThird PlaceWill BrendzaBoulder WeeklyHigh country defelonization
General Website ExcellenceFirst PlaceDave Burdick, Jim Hill, Hart Van Denburg, Francie Swidler, Alex Scoville, Alison Borden, Andrew VillegasColorado Public RadioCPR News online
General Website ExcellenceSecond PlaceErin Skarda, Jay Bouchard, Victoria Carodine, Natasha Gardner 5280Award winning 5280 Magazine’s website
General Website ExcellenceThird PlaceDoug Fabrizio, Kelsie Moore, Tyler Bingham , Travis Pitcher, David Fuchs, Cristy MeinersKUERRadioWest Films: ‘The Gray Area’ 
Spot News VideographyFirst PlaceAdam SoteloKSL-TVMonday Mishap
Sports VideographyFirst PlaceJohn WilsonKSL-TVJonny Ballgame
General Podcasting ExcellenceFirst PlaceAndrea Dukakis , Rachel  Estabrook, Nathaniel  Minor, Kevin  Dale, Jon PinnowColorado Public RadioCPR’s Since Columbine
General Podcasting ExcellenceSecond PlaceMarisa Demarco, Hannah Colton, Elaine Baumgartel, Marino Spencer, Taylor Velasquez, Bryce Dix, Celia Raney, Kaveh MowahedKUNM  Public RadioLet’s Talk New Mexico
General Podcasting ExcellenceThird PlaceMegan KamerickPeace Talks RadioCatholic Peacemaking Icons; Facing Our Fears: What’s Real & What’s Imagined; A Peace Choir and a Peace Elder/Veteran/Activist
News VideographyFirst PlaceAntony LostetterKNMEOur Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future
Breaking News StoryFirst PlaceEvan Ochsner, Olivia Prentzel, Leslie James, Jerilee Bennett, Hannah TranColorado Springs GazetteDe’Von Bailey
Breaking News StorySecond PlaceDave Burdick, Andrew Villegas, Jim Hill, Hayley  Sanchez, Natalia  Navarro, Megan Verlee, Dan Boyce, Michelle P. Fulcher, Ryan  Warner, Dan  Schneider, Kevin J.  Beaty, Donna BrysonColorado Public RadioCPR News’ coverage of the bomb cyclone
Breaking News StoryThird PlaceCaroline BallardKUERJon Krakauer Reflects On Death Of Convicted Killer Ron Lafferty
News Reporting- Single StoryFirst PlacePam ZubeckColorado Springs IndependentJail vendors make millions from inmates families on snacks and phone calls
News Reporting- Single StorySecond PlacePam  ZubeckColorado Springs IndependentNoisy neighborA neighborhood says its barely tolerating the constant buzzing from a Bitcoin mining operation
News Reporting- Single StoryThird PlaceAlex HagerAspen Public RadioVisually-Impaired Teens Find Joy And Empowerment On The Slopes
Marijuana General ReportingFirst PlaceNicole NixonKUERCannabis Confusion: Getting Treatment Without Getting In Trouble
Marijuana General ReportingSecond PlaceFaith MillerColorado Springs IndependentA secret taken to the graveStudy finds postmortem THC tests dont shed light on intoxication levels before death
General Reporting- Series or PackageFirst PlaceKate  Schimel, Jenny Brundin, John Daley, Avery Lill, Ashley DeanColorado Public RadioTeens Under Stress
General Reporting- Series or PackageSecond PlaceMarisa DemarcoKUNM  Public RadioViolence Against Women Living On The Streets: 10 Years After The Discovery Of The West Mesa Murders
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEric PetersonUtah Investigative Journalism ProjectFormer Utah deaf school aide charged with multiple counts of child rape
Business: General ReportingFirst PlaceFaith MillerColorado Springs IndependentTHE FIGHT FOR FOLIUMCBD giant battles lawsuits from former employees
Business: General ReportingSecond PlaceJon ReedKUERDespite Country’s Largest Privately Held Coal Company Filing For Bankruptcy, Utah Coal Holding On
Business: General ReportingThird PlaceCraig YoungLoveland Reporter-HeraldCoffee drive-thrus
Business: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceBen  Markus, Kevin  Dale, Rachel Estabrook, Jim HillColorado Public RadioCPR investigates businesses’ influence on Denver’s mayor’s office
Ag and Environment: General ReportingFirst PlaceMichael Elizabeth Sakas, Kelley Griffin, Jim HillColorado Public RadioIts Raining Plastic In Parts Of Colorado
Ag and Environment: General ReportingSecond PlaceJames TylerYellow Scene MagazineCrisis in Rural America: Farm Exodus
Ag and Environment: General ReportingThird PlaceSeth BosterColorado Springs GazetteThe hard search for silence in Springs
Health: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceJohn  Daley, Kate SchimelColorado Public RadioCPR’s coverage of the vaping epidemic
Health: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAngela K. EvansBoulder WeeklyA path to success
Health: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceConor McCormick-CavanaghWestwordEnd Game
Religion General ReportingFirst PlaceEric PetersonUtah Investigative Journalism ProjectKnights of the Crystal Blade: Cultists used social media to spread doomsday revelations
Religion General ReportingSecond PlaceAngela K. EvansBoulder WeeklyBringing the border to the Front Range
Religion General ReportingThird PlaceWill  BrendzaBoulder WeeklySpreading the good word of sustainability
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAnn Marie Awad, Brad Turner, Curtis Fox, Rachel  Estabrook, Kevin  DaleColorado Public RadioWeed’s Legal Hangover
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceThomas MitchellWestwordIn Random Mold Tests at 25 Denver Dispensaries, 80 Percent Fail
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceHeather  SimonsenKSL-TVTo CBD or Not to CBD? Cannabidiol oil arrives in Utah
Best Solutions JournalismFirst PlaceEmma AthenaBoulder WeeklyWelcome Home: Are residential co-ops a solution to Boulders affordability and energy goals?
Best Solutions JournalismSecond PlaceRyan  Warner, Carl Bilek, Matt Herz, Michael Hughes, Grace Hood, Paul KarolyiColorado Public RadioClimate Change Variety Hour
Best Solutions JournalismThird PlaceCarina JuligLoveland Reporter-HeraldDomestic violence
Feature PhotographyFirst PlaceJoel DyerBoulder WeeklyWindows Walls and Invisible Lines
Feature PhotographySecond PlaceHart Van DenburgColorado Public RadioColorado Vintage Base Ball League Keeps The Old Timey Game Alive
Feature PhotographyThird PlacePaul Wedlake, Johnathen De La VacaYellow Scene MagazineForm and FUNction – Fashion
News PhotographyFirst PlaceKevin J.  BeatyColorado Public RadioFrustrated With Adults, STEM School Shooting Survivors Take Over Vigil in Highlands Ranch
News PhotographySecond PlaceKevin J.  BeatyColorado Public RadioIn Early-Morning Roundups, Denver Grabs Geese In City Parks To Kill Them And Send Meat To Hungry Families
News PhotographyThird PlaceHart Van DenburgColorado Public RadioPresidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visits Aurora to talk about gun control
News ColumnFirst PlaceDavid RamseyColorado Springs GazetteDavid Ramsey
News ColumnSecond PlaceJoel DyerBoulder WeeklyDyerTimes
Special SectionFirst PlaceAngela K.  Evans, Caitlin Rockett, Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina, Michael J.  CaseyBoulder WeeklyVote Guide 2019
Special SectionSecond PlaceEmma  Athena, Michael J.  CaseyBoulder WeeklyClimate change in Boulder
A&E and Food: Single StoryFirst PlaceStephanie  Wolf, Kelley GriffinColorado Public RadioColorado Ballet Hopes This Years Nutcracker Is The Last Held Together By Duct Tape And Glue
A&E and Food: Single StorySecond PlaceRocio HernandezKUER‘Mariachi Is For Everyone’: Peruvian Dad Passing On His Passion For Mexican Mariachi Music In Utah
A&E and Food: Single StoryThird PlaceDenise Mickelsen, Callie Sumlin,  Chloe Barrett 5280The Definitive Guide to Brunching in Denver
Info GraphicFirst PlaceElena TrappColorado Springs IndependentPink Tax
Info GraphicSecond PlaceDustin  GlatzColorado Springs IndependentBig Food
Science and Technology: General ReportingFirst PlaceAngela K.  EvansBoulder WeeklyLost in the wake
Science and Technology: General ReportingSecond PlaceMatt CortinaBoulder Weekly37 crows, a pile of West Nile virus research, and one PETA protest
Science and Technology: General ReportingThird PlaceElaine ClarkKUERGunky, Snotty Extremophiles Could Point To Life On Moon Of Jupiter
Education: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceJenny Brundin, Kate  SchimelColorado Public RadioTeens Under Stress
Education: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceRocio HernandezKUER‘Traumatizing’ Investigations: Death At UVU Leaves Faculty Seeking New Disciplinary Policy
Education: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceChristin KayAspen Public RadioReading, Writing, Cyber Civics: Schools Grapple With Creating Good Digital Citizens
A&E and Food: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceGiselle CesinBoulder WeeklyIn the name of ratings
A&E and Food: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceMark AntonationWestwordEthniche
Features: Short formFirst PlaceMolly  DoveAspen Public RadioThe Legend Of The Frying Pan Road Pumpkin Fairy
Features: Short formSecond PlaceHeather SimonsenKSL-TVOne in a Thousand
Features: Short formThird PlaceCaitlin  RockettBoulder WeeklyCollateral damage
EditorialsFirst PlaceRegan  Foster, Bryan Grossman, Mary Jo Meade, Amy Gillentine Sweet, John  WeissColorado Springs IndependentFrogs in the cauldron/Avoid the tariffs by shopping local/All officer-involved shootings should be independently investigated  
EditorialsSecond PlaceJackie HutchinsLoveland Reporter-HeraldEditorials
Column Personal/HumorFirst PlaceAlissa Smith, Brandon  Flanery, Heidi  BeedleColorado Springs IndependentQueer & There: Author Amber Cantorna; Generational Gap; Trans Community Endures
Column Personal/HumorSecond PlaceFrench DavisYellow Scene MagazineDuly Noted
Multimedia StoryFirst PlaceBen  Markus, Jim  Hill, Kevin Dale, Rachel  EstabrookColorado Public RadioCPR investigates businesses’ influence on Denver’s mayor’s office
Multimedia StorySecond PlaceNicole Nixon, Rocio Hernandez, Daysha Eaton, Judy Fahys, Chelsea NaughtonKUERThe Lesser-Told Stories Of The Golden Spike: 150 Years Later
Multimedia StoryThird PlaceSam Brasch, Kevin J. Beaty, Jim Hill, Megan  VerleeColorado Public RadioBeloved Saber-Toothed Cat At The Denver Museum Of Nature & Science Gets Dental Work, New Roars
A&E and Food: CriticismFirst PlaceCaitlin RockettBoulder WeeklyMusic criticism by Caitlin Rockett
A&E and Food: CriticismSecond PlaceAngela K.  EvansBoulder WeeklyMusic criticism by Angela K. Evans
A&E and Food: CriticismThird PlaceMichael PagliaWestwordHow Denver Trashed Legendary Architect I.M. Pei’s Legacy
Sports: General ReportingFirst PlaceVic Vela, Andrew  Villegas, Hart Van DenburgColorado Public RadioColorado Vintage Baseball League Keeps The Old Timey Game Alive
Sports: General ReportingSecond PlaceZoe  RomBoulder WeeklyAttempting a vertical ski record, amid eating disorders and depression
Sports: General ReportingThird PlaceLindsey B. King5280The Best Places to Cross-Country Ski in Colorado 
Health: General ReportingFirst PlaceJohn  Daley, Kate SchimelColorado Public RadioColorado Is A Hotbed Of Teen Vaping, But Lacks The Tools To Help Kids Quit
Health: General ReportingSecond PlaceSam Brasch, Megan Verlee, Dave  BurdickColorado Public RadioHow medical translators could slow America’s maternal mortality crisis
Health: General ReportingThird PlaceAngela K. EvansBoulder WeeklyCare delayed, care denied?
Education: General ReportingFirst PlaceRocio HernandezKUERUtah Teachers Are Seeing Their Wages Increase, But Not The Aides Who Work Alongside Them
Education: General ReportingSecond PlaceJenny Brundin, Kate SchimelColorado Public RadioAmelia’s audio diary
Education: General ReportingThird PlaceHannah ColtonKUNM  Public RadioAlbuquerque Public Schools Board Election 2019 Coverage
Public ServiceFirst Place5280 staff5280COLUMBINE: 20 YEARS LATER 
Public ServiceSecond PlaceLissa Knudsen, Rashad Mahmood, Marisa DemarcoKUNM  Public RadioIn The Dark: The Fight For Streetlights and Public Resources In Southeast ABQ
Public ServiceThird PlaceGwyneth Doland, Matt  Grubs, Kevin  McDonald, Kathy Wimmer, Aaron Sena, Benjamin Cody YazzaKNME2020 Census and Redistricting Coverage
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseFirst PlaceGrace Hood, Kate  Schimel, Allison  Herrera, Chuck  MurphyColorado Public RadioCPR investigates methane reporting in Colorado
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseSecond PlaceWill BrendzaBoulder WeeklyDrilling in an Arctic Eden
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseThird PlaceElizabeth Stewart-SeveryAspen Public RadioBeavers Work Hard For River Ecosystems