TOR 2020 – 75,000 plus

SPJ’s Top of the Rockies winners 2020
Print: Circulation of more than 75,000
Radio: Large market stations, Television: Large market stations

Category Name / Award / Credits / Organization / Entry Title


Single Page Design First Place Heidi Perry Deseret News Rudy Towering
Single Page Design Second Place Jennifer Swanson Albuquerque Journal Jennifer Swanson
Single Page Design Third Place Heather Tuttle Deseret News The North Pole


Front Page Design First Place Leah Derrington Albuquerque Journal Leah Derrington
Front Page Design Second Place Heidi Perry Deseret News 150 Golden Moment
Front Page Design Third Place Todd Adams Salt Lake Tribune A1 on March 17, 2019


Feature Page Design First Place Rudy Mesicek Salt Lake Tribune “Losing her religion”
Feature Page Design Second Place Heather Tuttle Deseret News Life Cycle
Feature Page Design Third Place Heidi Perry Deseret News Galaxy’s Edge


Business: Enterprise Reporting First Place Jason Blevins Colorado Sun Backcountry.com sues anyone who uses its namesake. Is it bullying or just business?
Business: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Tamara Chuang Colorado Sun Electric vehicles
Business: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Katie McKellar Deseret News Salt Lake Chamber invite to pay $10k to talk inland port.


Multimedia Story First Place Robert Browman, Roberto E. Rosales, Angela Kocherga Albuquerque Journal 8 Hours on the Border
Multimedia Story Second Place Robert Browman, Martín Salazar, Roberto E. Rosales, Elise Kaplan, Katy Barnitz, Matthew Reisen, Cathryn Cunningham Albuquerque Journal 72 Hours – Life & Addiction in Albuquerque
Multimedia Story Third Place Lee Davidson, Jessica Miller, Tony Semerad, Brian Maffly, Suzanne Paylor, Christopher Cherrington Salt Lake Tribune How Utah has changed this decade


Spot News Photography First Place Rick Egan Salt Lake Tribune Green Ravine Fire plane
Spot News Photography Second Place Francisco Kjolseth Salt Lake Tribune Green Ravine Fire
Spot News Photography Third Place Trent Nelson Salt Lake Tribune Port protest


Sports Photography First Place Kristin Murphy Deseret News Dive
Sports Photography Second Place Scott Winterton Deseret News High Kick
Sports Photography Third Place Leah Hogsten Salt Lake Tribune Donovan’s water bottle


News Photography First Place Spenser Heaps Deseret News A Different Path
News Photography Second Place Jim Thompson Albuquerque Journal Best friend to the end
News Photography Third Place Jim Thompson Albuquerque Journal Father accused in baby’s death released


Feature Photography First Place Francisco Kjolseth Salt Lake Tribune Bison roundup
Feature Photography Second Place Kristin Murphy Deseret News New Home Revealed
Feature Photography Third Place Leah Hogsten Salt Lake Tribune Firefly

Investigative/Enterprise Reporting First Place Courtney Tanner Salt Lake Tribune How the University of Utahs police department treated female victims and officers
Investigative/Enterprise Reporting Second Place Jessica Miller Salt Lake Tribune Violence at Red Rock Canyon School
Investigative/Enterprise Reporting Third Place Christopher Osher, Jennifer Brown Colorado Sun No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows


General Reporting- Series or Package First Place Jennifer Brown, Kevin Simpson Colorado Sun Parked: Half the American Dream
General Reporting- Series or Package Second Place Edmundo Carrillo Albuquerque Journal The Gary Gregor child abuse case: ‘Justice has been served’
General Reporting- Series or Package Third Place Kevin Simpson, Shannon Mullane, Moe Clark, Anna Scott, Anna Blanco, Jackson Reed, Will Halbert Colorado Sun Gentrification


Marijuana Enterprise Reporting First Place Mike Gallagher Albuquerque Journal Legal pot or not? A New Mexico debate
Marijuana Enterprise Reporting Second Place Ben Winslow KSTU FOX 13 Utah’s state-run medical cannabis system makes government workers drug dealers
Marijuana Enterprise Reporting Third Place Ben Winslow, Mike Reidel, Eric Weseman, Todd Gilbert, Todd Tanner KSTU FOX 13 Utah doctors can recommend medical cannabis, but patients struggle to find those willing to


A&E and Food: Single Story First Place Herb Scribner Deseret News “Joker” coverage
A&E and Food: Single Story Second Place Court Mann Deseret News Utah’s Gateway Mall
A&E and Food: Single Story Third Place Scott D. Pierce Salt Lake Tribune Asian representation in the arts


Feature: Long form First Place Jesse Paul Colorado Sun A slain deputy. A political brawl. A school shooting: How Sheriff Tony Spurlock is handling years of turmoil
Feature: Long form Second Place Gillian Friedman Deseret News What really happened to Lauren McCluskey
Feature: Long form Third Place Courtney Tanner Salt Lake Tribune How a Utah coach responded after two boys on his lacrosse team died by suicide


Feature Videography First Place Rex Warner, Adrienne St. Clair, Court Mann Deseret News How ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ became Hollywood’s template for Middle America


Ag and Environment: General Reporting First Place Nancy Lofholm Colorado Sun In the age of go back where you came from, Palisade carries on tradition of thanking orchard workers before they leave
Ag and Environment: General Reporting Second Place Lois M Collins Deseret News America’s tree crisis


Sports: Columns First Place Gordon Monson Salt Lake Tribune Gordon Monson columns
Sports: Columns Second Place Brad Rock Deseret News Brad Rock columns
Sports: Columns Third Place Amy Donaldson Deseret News Amy Donaldson


News Videography First Place Spenser Heaps, Rex Warner, Adrienne St. Clair, Gillian Friedman Deseret News He was sexually abused as a child. Now this Orthodox rabbi tells his story.
News Videography Second Place Spenser Heaps, Rex Warner, Jesse Hyde, Adrienne St. Clair Deseret News Can the vision of an American nun save the Amazon?
News Videography Third Place Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Rex Warner, Spenser Heaps, Jeffrey Allred Deseret News Americans will soon have a $5 billion wild horse problem


General Podcasting Excellence First Place Xoel Cardenas, Yvette Cruz KSL.com KSL Cafecito
General Podcasting Excellence Second Place Peggy Fletcher Stack, David Noyce, Sara Weber Salt Lake Tribune “Mormon Land”
General Podcasting Excellence Third Place Ben Winslow KSTU Fox 13 Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast


Legal: Enterprise Reporting First Place Erica Evans Deseret News Sexual harassment and Title IX at USU
Legal: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Jessica Miller Salt Lake Tribune Captive customers
Legal: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Jennifer Graham Deseret News Most states protect seniors in debt from losing their possessions


Breaking News Story First Place Peggy Fletcher Stack, Benjamin Wood, Robert Kirby Salt Lake Tribune LDS Church dumps its controversial LGBTQ policy
Breaking News Story Second Place Courtney Tanner , Erin Alberty Salt Lake Tribune Students walk out of West High
Breaking News Story Third Place Jennifer Brown, Jesse Paul Colorado Sun STEM School shooting


Education: General Reporting First Place Courtney Tanner, Jessica Miller , Erin Alberty Salt Lake Tribune New criticisms – and changes – for BYU’s Honor Code
Education: General Reporting Second Place Erin Alberty Salt Lake Tribune Is this school’s mascot racist or does it honor Native Americans?
Education: General Reporting Third Place Gretel Kauffman Deseret News Guns in class


Public Service First Place John Frank, Jesse Paul, Brian Eason, Sandra Fish Colorado Sun Capitol Sunlight Project
Public Service Second Place Erica Meltzer, Melanie Asmar, Yesenia Robles, Ann Schimke , Eric Gorski, Philissa Cramer Chalkbeat Colorado Denver Public Schools Strike Coverage
Public Service Third Place Courtney Tanner Salt Lake Tribune The murder of Lauren McCluskey


Religion General Reporting First Place Colleen Heild Albuquerque Journal Victim hopes child sex abuse conviction of priest leads to healing
Religion General Reporting Second Place Kelsey Dallas Deseret News Can America’s religious freedom ambassador save the world?
Religion General Reporting Third Place Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune Polygamy lives on in LDS temples


Info Graphic First Place Christopher Cherrington Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City goes vertical
Info Graphic Second Place Christopher Cherrington Salt Lake Tribune Fatal courthouse shooting
Info Graphic Third Place Mary Archbold Deseret News 175th Anniversary of Martyrdom


Ag and Environment: Enterprise First Place Erica Evans Deseret News Do you know where your paper and plastic go?
Ag and Environment: Enterprise Second Place Erica Evans Deseret News Climate change converts
Ag and Environment: Enterprise Third Place Jason Blevins Colorado Sun This Colorado ranch-made-lab is turning beetle-kill trees into lumber in the name of forest health


Editorials First Place D’Val Westphal Albuquerque Journal Westphal Editorials
Editorials Second Place The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune
Editorials Third Place Christian Sagers Deseret News Christian Sagers’ editorials


General Website Excellence First Place Eric Lubbers, Jesse Paul, Colorado Sun Staff Colorado Sun The Colorado Sun
General Website Excellence Second Place Staff Deseret News Deseret News
General Website Excellence Third Place staff Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune


Headline Writing First Place Matthew Reisen Albuquerque Journal Matthew Reisen
Headline Writing Second Place Greg Peretti Albuquerque Journal Greg Peretti
Headline Writing Third Place Helen Taylor Albuquerque Journal Helen Taylor


Special Section First Place Kelsey Dallas, Erica Evans, Lois M. Collins Deseret News The American Family Survey
Special Section Second Place Carter Williams, Katie Workman, Jacob Klopfenstein, Graham Dudley, Liesl Nielsen, Lauren Bennett KSL.com Into the Voting Booth
Special Section Third Place Lois M. Collins, Kelsey Dallas, Erica Evans, Gillian Friedman, Sofia Jeremias Deseret News 1000 days of President Donald Trump


Marijuana General Reporting First Place Bethany Rodgers Salt Lake Tribune Utah hemp farmers find success and struggles in their first year of growing
Marijuana General Reporting Second Place Ben Winslow KSTU FOX 31 Utah’s state-run medical cannabis system makes government workers drug dealers
Marijuana General Reporting Third Place Dan Boyd Albuquerque Journal Medical users struggle with costs


Politics: Enterprise Reporting First Place John Frank, Jesse Paul, Sandra Fish, John Ingold, Eric Lubbers Colorado Sun Democratic Takeover
Politics: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Sara Israelsen-Hartley Deseret News The power broker
Politics: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Zak Podmore Salt Lake Tribune Heres how San Juan County reached this historic moment and why the tension in southeast Utah wont end anytime soon


Business: General Reporting First Place Tony Semerad Salt Lake Tribune Mayor Biskupskis deal to sell Utah Theater irked those who want to save it. Heres how it got to this point.
Business: General Reporting Second Place Art Raymond Deseret News What is blockchain and can it keep our elections more secure?
Business: General Reporting Third Place Art Raymond Deseret News Why Utah has a “once in a generation” opportunity


Column Personal/Humor First Place Joline Gutierrez Krueger Albuquerque Journal Joline Gutierrez Krueger
Column Personal/Humor Second Place Savannah Hopkinson Deseret News Savannah Hopkinson columns
Column Personal/Humor Third Place Christian Sagers Deseret News Christian Sagers’ personal columns


Best Solutions Journalism First Place Jessica Dyer Albuquerque Journal Sheltering the Homeless
Best Solutions Journalism Second Place Shelby Perea Albuquerque Journal Extended learning time brings hurdles


Science and Technology: General Reporting First Place Tamara Chuang Colorado Sun Understanding AI through Holly, the fast-food bot taking breakfast orders at Good Times
Science and Technology: General Reporting Second Place Wendy Leonard Deseret News Gamma knife
Science and Technology: General Reporting Third Place Michael Booth Colorado Sun Paging Dr. Algorithm: How AI and other new tech are changing care in Colorado hospitals


Science and Technology: Enterprise Reporting First Place Tamara Chuang Colorado Sun Colorado’s Digital Divide
Science and Technology: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Kelsey Dallas Deseret News Does facial recognition software belong at church?
Science and Technology: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Liesl Nielsen KSL.com How a $1.8B acquisition 10 years ago turned the Point of the Mountain into what it is today


Health: General Reporting First Place Jennifer Brown Colorado Sun This miracle drug was designed and manufactured for just one person a 9-year-old Boulder girl
Health: General Reporting Second Place Ashley Imlay Deseret News Insulin gray market
Health: General Reporting Third Place Markian Hawryluk Kaiser Health News Return To Sender: A Single Undeliverable Letter Can Mean Losing Medicaid


Legal: General Reporting First Place Jessica Miller Salt Lake Tribune A day in the life of a Utah public defender a whole bunch of cases and not enough time
Legal: General Reporting Second Place Jesse Paul, John Ingold, Kevin Simpson Colorado Sun Death penalty
Legal: General Reporting Third Place Jessica Miller Salt Lake Tribune How do you get justice? Sex accusations are dropped, but this Utah man remains ostracized in his rural town.


Health: Enterprise Reporting First Place Kevin Simpson Colorado Sun His wife was first to use Colorados aid-in-dying law. His advocacy made him an accidental resource for others.
Health: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Colleen Heild Albuquerque Journal Feeling the Pain
Health: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Jennifer Brown, Sandra Fish Colorado Sun Abortion


A&E and Food: Criticism First Place Scott D. Pierce Salt Lake Tribune Columns by Scott D. Pierce
A&E and Food: Criticism Second Place
Lottie Elizabeth Johnson Deseret News Lottie E. Johnson’s A&E columns
A&E and Food: Criticism Third Place Josh Terry Deseret News Josh Terry A&E Columns


Sports: General Reporting First Place Jennifer Graham Deseret News Inside the mind of the man who keeps Tom Brady in the game
Sports: General Reporting Second Place Dale Strode Colorado Sun The fastest kids in America are running hills and chilling in creeks around Crested Butte
Sports: General Reporting Third Place Ethan Bauer Deseret News A resort town, a team and a dream: Park City scripts its own Friday Night Lights


Sports: Enterprise Reporting First Place Amy Donaldson Deseret News In conservative Hildale, Water Canyon wrestlers are challenging traditional roles
Sports: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Jeff Call Deseret News A different path
Sports: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Andy Larsen, Christopher Kamrani Salt Lake Tribune Utah Jazz fans have a reputation for crossing the line, including into racist taunts. Heres what the team is trying to do about it.


Politics: General Reporting First Place John Frank, Brian Eason, Sandra Fish Colorado Sun The 2019 Election
Politics: General Reporting Second Place Ben Winslow KTSU FOX 13 Utah’s governor proposes revised rule to ban conversion therapy on LGBTQ children
Politics: General Reporting Third Place Katie McKellar Deseret News Salt Lake Chamber scraps plans


News Reporting- Single Story First Place John Ingold Colorado Sun He survived the Aurora Chuck E. Cheese shooting 25 years ago. A possible death penalty repeal is bringing it all back up.
News Reporting- Single Story Second Place Nate Carlisle Salt Lake Tribune Suicides are taking a toll in and out of a Utah polygamous sect
News Reporting- Single Story Third Place Elise Kaplan Albuquerque Journal Teen Dies in Santa Fe juvenile lockup; DA: Referring cases to federal court a crime-fighting strategy


Features: Short form First Place Joe Purtell Colorado Sun Acres of destruction left by Colorados historic avalanche season are also delivering climate change evidence
Features: Short form Second Place Jesse Paul Colorado Sun Colorados recall fever arrives in Idaho Springs, where leaders fear damage to their towns renaissance
Features: Short form Third Place Erin Alberty Salt Lake Tribune A Utah family tries to heal after a murder-suicide


A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting First Place Kathy Stephenson Salt Lake Tribune Why restaurants close from food to finances to family
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Herb Scribner Deseret News Movie trailers
A&E and Food: Enterprise Reporting Third Place John Frank Colorado Sun Colorado craft beer scene


Education: Enterprise Reporting First Place Shelby Perea Albuquerque Journal Elevated lead levels found at some APS schools
Education: Enterprise Reporting Second Place Jennifer Brown, Kevin Simpson, Tamara Chuang, Brian Eason Colorado Sun Four-day School Week
Education: Enterprise Reporting Third Place Christopher Osher, Jennifer Brown Colorado Sun No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows


News Column First Place Joline Gutierrez Krueger Albuquerque Journal Joline News Columns
News Column Second Place Lee Benson Deseret News Lee Benson columns
News Column Third Place Mario Nicolais Colorado Sun Mario Nicolais

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 KUER.org
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

TOR2010kto19999

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

TOR 2020 – Under 10,000

SPJ’s Top of the Rockies winners 2020

Print: Circulation less than 10,000

Category NameAwardCreditsOrganizationEntry Title
General Website ExcellenceFirst PlaceDurango Herald Development TeamDurango HeraldThe Durango Herald
General Website ExcellenceSecond PlaceStaffFarmington Daily TimesThe Farmington Daily Times
General Website ExcellenceThird PlaceStaffAlbuquerque Business FirstAlbuquerque Business First website
A&E and Food: Single StoryFirst PlaceBilly Arnold, Allie GrossJackson Hole News&GuideThe Metal Mentality
A&E and Food: Single StorySecond PlaceStuart MellingGastronomic Salt Lake CityA seemingly fishy story  sushi in the desert
A&E and Food: Single StoryThird PlaceCollin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business FirstWhy choosing a name could make or break your brew game
BlogFirst PlaceJeff RobertsColorado Freedom of Information CoalitionFreedom of Information articles and columns
A&E and Food: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceStaffAlbuquerque Business FirstMeow Wolf could become New Mexico’s biggest startup story ever
A&E and Food: CriticismFirst PlaceCarolyn DunmireFour Corners Free PressJust follow the directions; the insta-cooker revolution; responsible food-sharing
Breaking News StoryFirst PlaceAllie Gross, Emily MieureJackson Hole News&GuideBlaze damages Genevieve building
Breaking News StorySecond PlaceJohn C. Ensslin, Ernest Luning, Conrad Swanson, Andy  ColwellColorado PoliticsDenver Runoff 2019
Breaking News StoryThird PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldHardrock 100 canceled
Sports: ColumnsFirst PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldSurviving life with Mom and the Rockies
Features: Short formFirst PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldThe man who killed Colorado’s last grizzly bear
Features: Short formSecond PlaceJohn SpinaLongmont Times-CallBartender’s liver saves child’s life
Features: Short formThird PlaceBret HauffDurango HeraldA woodcutter’s bliss
Spot News VideographyFirst PlaceJoseph WithamSt. George NewsWidespread fighting at St. George youth facility results in multiple injuries
News VideographyFirst PlaceTrennie CollinsThe Southern Ute DrumBack to School Round Dance
Legal: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEmily Mieure, Allie GrossJackson Hole News&GuideGroping victim feels let down by cops, prosecutors, courts
Legal: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAndrew Graham WyofilePower play: Big investment firm escapes Blackjewel ‘unscathed’
Legal: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceMike Easterling Farmington Daily TimesLack of mental health resources a major worry
Feature VideographyFirst PlaceTrennie CollinsThe Southern Ute Drum45th Annual Denver March Powwow
General Podcasting ExcellenceFirst PlaceAnythink Innovations , The Studio , Anythink Wright FarmsSPARKThe Kitchen Table
General Podcasting ExcellenceSecond PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldLiving Sports by John Livingston Episode 13: Professional soccer player Lauren Milliet
General Podcasting ExcellenceThird PlaceBret Hauff, Katie Chicklinski-CahillDurango HeraldThe Durango Herald in your Ear by Bret Hauff and Katie Chicklinski-Cahill: Eps. 2: Aliens, ninjas and adoptions, Eps. 3: Voters, and early Christmas and wolf rescues, Eps. 4: Tiny homes, Santa v. Krampus death match and teaching young’uns
Single Page DesignFirst PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideWondering if you should pet that dog?
Single Page DesignSecond PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldFeature page design David Buck 2
Single Page DesignThird PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldFeature page design David Buck 4
Front Page DesignFirst PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideSpark sets butte ablaze
Front Page DesignSecond PlaceMelissa EdwardsColorado Springs Business JournalCo$t of a data breach
Front Page DesignThird PlaceMichael HicksClear Creek CourantA dog-gone good time
Info GraphicFirst PlaceRachel Baca, Juliana VadnaisAlbuquerque Business FirstSo you want to see New Mexico like a visitor would
Info GraphicSecond PlaceSamantha NockJackson Hole News&GuideBudget 2020
Info GraphicThird PlaceRachel Baca, Juliana VadnaisAlbuquerque Business FirstEquality is good for your business
Marijuana General ReportingFirst PlaceJeanne DavantColorado Springs Business JournalWant weed with that?
Marijuana General ReportingSecond PlaceJeanne  DavantColorado Springs Business JournalNew law could end cannabis clubs legal limbo
Special SectionFirst PlaceStaffAlbuquerque Business FirstLegislative Preview
Special SectionSecond PlaceMichael Hicks, Deb Hurley Brobst, Deborah Swearingen, Corinne Westeman, Alissa Noe, Sara Hertwig, Page  HatcherCanyon CourierKids who will change the world
Special SectionThird PlaceMike Koshmrl, Andy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideHeadwaters
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceMikayla ShoupSt. George NewsWeeding out employees: How will medical marijuana legalization affect workplace drug testing?
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingSecond PlacePatrick ArmijoDurango HeraldA mission of uncertainty
Health: General ReportingFirst PlaceMikayla ShoupSt. George NewsOpioid addiction clinic closes with short notice; staff, patients scramble for alternatives
Health: General ReportingSecond PlaceMary ShinnDurango HeraldEnding the cycle of ER visits
Politics: General ReportingFirst PlaceZak PodmoreFour Corners Free PressWinning a seat at the table
Politics: General ReportingSecond PlaceRyann RichardsonSt. George NewsTax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force Coverage (Series)
Politics: General ReportingThird PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofile2019 Wyoming legislative session coverage
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew Graham , Seth KlamannWyofileTrustees quietly investigated Nichols before unexplained dismissal/Nichols: Any investigation was unfair, but keep it hidden either way
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileSeries: Coal company’s bankruptcy ripples across Wyoming
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceAllie Gross, Melodie EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideInjured at work, some go unaided
Politics: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileWyo politicians respond to Blackjewel and coals black times
Politics: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceMikayla ShoupSt. George NewsSurviving the shutdown; How Zion and its park rangers are making do
Politics: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceLucas Peerman, John  Moses, Algernon  D’Ammassa, Hannah  Grover, Josh  Kellogg, Nathan Fish, Damien  Willis, Sam RibakoffFarmington Daily TimesDonald Trump Rally coverage, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Best Solutions JournalismFirst PlaceTom HallbergJackson Hole News&GuideColorado family planning sets high standard
Best Solutions JournalismSecond PlaceAlayna AlvarezColorado PoliticsDenver Police co-responder program
Best Solutions JournalismThird PlaceMaggie  McGuireMoab Sun NewsAddressing the Nation: Overcoming extreme challenges to voter registration in San Juan County
General Reporting- Series or PackageFirst PlaceAndrew Graham , Angus M.  Thuermer Jr. , Dustin Bleizeffer, Katie KlingspornWyofileRe-regulation: Examining Wyomings response to coals decline
General Reporting- Series or PackageSecond PlaceJoey BunchColorado PoliticsThe influencers: Lobbying at the Capitol
General Reporting- Series or PackageThird PlaceAndrew  Graham, Angus M.  Thuermer Jr. , Katie KlingspornWyofilePowering down: Examining coals shaky ground from Jim Bridger
News ColumnFirst PlaceJohn HazlehurstColorado Springs Business JournalIts a citizens job to identify leadership; New communities to be safe, boring, predictable; Branding our city shouldnt be this hard
News ColumnSecond PlaceErnest LuningColorado PoliticsErnest Luning: Trail Mix
News ColumnThird PlaceKerry DrakeWyofileCasper shooting confirms worst aspects of stand-your-ground law
Sports: General ReportingFirst PlaceJoel PriestThe Southern Ute DrumSangster on year one at IHS
Sports: General ReportingSecond PlaceAlissa NoeCanyon CourierThomas makes history on the English Channel
Sports: General ReportingThird PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldDropping into Durango
EditorialsFirst PlaceChristopher WoodBizWestEditorials: Universities should end …; Limit jobs? …; Colorado lawmakers
EditorialsSecond PlaceRegan  Foster, Bryan  Grossman, Mary Jo Meade, Amy Gillentine Sweet, John  Weiss, Ralph  RoutonColorado Springs Business JournalOnline, frogs hit boiling point/Last at bat for baseball?/Keep entertainment out of politics
EditorialsThird PlaceRobert MeyerowitzDurango HeraldRobert Meyerowitz Editorials 3
Feature Page DesignFirst PlaceDavid HolubDurango HeraldFeature page design David Holub 1
Feature Page DesignSecond PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideTarghee Fest
Feature Page DesignThird PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideService dogs
Legal: General ReportingFirst PlaceEmily MieureJackson Hole News&GuideJennifer Nalley’s killer sentenced to 25 years to life
Legal: General ReportingSecond PlaceEmily MieureJackson Hole News&GuideJudge allows defendant to avoid courthouse, feds
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileBlockchain: Can Wyo woo a digital revolution? Should it?/Links drive allegation of insiders writing crypto bills
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofilePavillion water experts fault leaky gas wells, unlined pits
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileCan Mark Gordon save coal (and stop climate change)?
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseFirst PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldTainted by uranium
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseSecond PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofileSage grouse populations declining across the West
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseThird PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldA changing Mesa Verde
Ag and Environment: General ReportingFirst PlaceGail BinklyFour Corners Free PressMove over for e-bikes
Ag and Environment: General ReportingSecond PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldRancher or tax scofflaw?
Ag and Environment: General ReportingThird PlaceLiz WeberDurango HeraldBringing back the wolf
Sports PhotographyFirst PlaceAndrew Graham, Mike VanataWyofilePomp, pageantry and politicians at the Daddy of em all
Sports PhotographySecond PlaceJerry McBrideDurango HeraldIron Horse
Sports PhotographyThird PlaceBradly J. BonerJackson Hole News&GuideCorbet’s Couloir
Feature PhotographyFirst PlaceRyan DorganJackson Hole News&GuideElk at the Teton County Fairgrounds
Feature PhotographySecond PlaceMatthew JonasLongmont Times-CallSunset Stunner
Feature PhotographyThird PlaceJeremy Wade ShockleyThe Southern Ute DrumUte Tribe ushers in spring with Bear Dance
News PhotographyFirst PlaceJoseph WithamSt. George NewsTrapped Coyote
News PhotographySecond PlaceBradly J. BonerJackson Hole News&GuideTarghee Elk Study
News PhotographyThird PlaceJeremy Wade ShockleyThe Southern Ute DrumShining light on domestic violence
Spot News PhotographyFirst PlaceBradly J. BonerJackson Hole News&GuideRoadkill
Spot News PhotographySecond PlaceRyan DorganJackson Hole News&GuideSaddle Butte Fire
Spot News PhotographyThird PlaceRyan DorganJackson Hole News&GuideWilson Wreck
Headline WritingFirst PlaceChristopher Ortiz, Collin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business FirstDoughnuts, millennials and the Doyenne of Death
Headline WritingSecond PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldTrails of destruction – David Buck
Headline WritingThird PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldThe ketamine cure – David Buck
Public ServiceFirst PlaceBret Hauff, Mary Shinn, Jonathan RomeoDurango HeraldHomeless sustained coverage
Public ServiceSecond PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofilePermit proposes to release tainted water into Boysen, Wind River
Public ServiceThird PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileImmigration detention proposal prompts questions, drives debate
Health: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceShannon MullaneDurango HeraldLeaning on their peers
Health: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceFaith  MillerColorado Springs Business JournalMedicaid bottlenecks hurt home health agencies
Business: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceDan Mika, Lucas High, Paula Aven Gladych, Doug Storum, Ken AmundsonBizWestCannabis: The Next Frontier
Business: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceJohn SpinaLongmont Times-CallSouth Main Station
Business: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceMike EasterlingFarmington Daily TimesWHERE PAST, PRESENT MEET Once-plentiful Old West trading posts near Four Corners offer goods, history
Sports: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofileSnowmobilers now top Wyo avalanche fatality list
Sports: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceRyne WilliamsSt. George NewsTop hurdler and dual-sport athlete, Darcy Jackson, working to take leaps over lupus
Sports: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceRyne WilliamsSt. George NewsWhy not us? How a toy unicorn embodied Dixie volleyballs Cinderella run in 4A playoffs
Business: General ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileIn coal country, Blackjewel’s bankruptcy touches many
Business: General ReportingSecond PlaceKen Amundson, Paula Aven Gladych, Lucas High, Jensen WerleyBizWestWorkforce Woes
Business: General ReportingThird PlaceHelen  RobinsonColorado Springs Business JournalTrade war hikes prices, squeezes businesses
Education: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEllis ArnoldCentennial CitizenA united voice
Education: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceKatie KlingspornWyofileGuns, schools and Wyoming communities divided
Science and Technology: General ReportingFirst PlaceCollin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business FirstFormer Amazon exec will help lead ABQ startup’s national rollout
Science and Technology: General ReportingSecond PlaceJeremy Wade ShockleyThe Southern Ute DrumDoes electric drive the future?
Education: General ReportingFirst PlaceSam RibakoffFarmington Daily TimesTo fill teaching positions, Aztec looks towards contracted teachers from the Philippines
Education: General ReportingSecond PlaceCasey  Van DivierGolden TranscriptBus driver shortage
Education: General ReportingThird PlaceRyann RichardsonSt. George NewsPine View Middle promotes mental wellness with designated room for distressed students
Column Personal/HumorFirst PlaceJoey BunchColorado PoliticsJoey Bunch columns
Column Personal/HumorSecond PlaceMarianne GoodlandColorado PoliticsMarianne Goodland humor columns
Column Personal/HumorThird PlaceDavid FeelaFour Corners Free PressHave a GFF New Year; derelicts; fowl language
Feature: Long formFirst PlaceMarianne GoodlandColorado PoliticsPain over preservation
Feature: Long formSecond PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileUnable to diversify, Legislature doubles down on energy
Feature: Long formThird PlaceErnest LuningColorado PoliticsCU’s Fantastic Four
News Reporting- Single StoryFirst PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofileLawmakers quietly explore storing spent nuclear fuel
News Reporting- Single StorySecond PlaceBret HauffDurango HeraldIced out
News Reporting- Single StoryThird PlaceMarianne GoodlandColorado PoliticsPolis recall group hands out $11,000 in contributions to board members, employees

TOR 2020 – Broadcast General Excellence

SPJ’s Top of the Rockies winners 2020

Category NameAwardCreditsOrganizationEntry Title
Radio Commercial: General Broadcast ExcellenceFirst PlaceWayne YaffeeKNUSWayne Yaffee  – 710 KNUS Newscast
Radio: General Broadcast ExcellenceSecond PlaceScott CurtisKNUSScott Curtis – 710 KNUS Newscast
Radio: Non-commercial General Broadcast ExcellenceFirst PlaceMichael Elizabeth Sakas, Ryan Warner, Carl  Bilek, Matt HerzColorado Public RadioA CPR News special: Students speak up about gun violence
Radio: General Broadcast ExcellenceSecond PlaceMegan KamerickKUNMBook And Exhibit Offer Surprising Revelations About Slavery Before Civil War
Radio: General Broadcast ExcellenceThird PlaceDavid FuchsKUERA Problem Just Out Of Sight: Homeless Students in Southwest Utah
TV: General Broadcast ExcellenceFirst PlaceMatt Grubs, Kathy  Wimmer, Gene  Grant, Antony  Lostetter, Aaron Sena, Anthony Rodriguez, Robert McDermott, Lauren Hutchison, Anna Padilla, Kevin McGee, Joshua  Stepp, Jonathan Solis, Kevin McDonaldKNMEFebruary 22nd, 2019: Minimum wage hike impacts, plus art as activism at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.