Greeley, Durango, Cortez win Best of Show awards
DENVER – The Greeley Tribune, The Durango Herald and the Cortez Journal won the Best of Show awards Saturday at the 132nd annual Colorado Press Association Convention.The Greeley Tribune captured two of the awards, with Sharon Dunn winning for best sustained coverage in the newspaper’s reporting on the collapse of New Frontier Bank, and Casey Ehmsen winning for best news page design.Sam Green of the Cortez Journal won the Photo Best of Show award for an entry titled “Wild Pig Ride.” Kevin Dawson of The Durango Herald won the Advertising Best of Show award for an automotive ad.The Pine River Times in Bayfield won the general excellence award in Class 1, the smallest weekly circulation category. The Windsor Beacon won the Class 2 general excellence award and the Cortez Journal won the award in Class 3, the largest weekly category.In the daily division, the Craig Daily Press won the general excellence award in Class 4, the smallest daily circulation category. Steamboat Pilot & Today won the Class 5 general excellence award and The Greeley Tribune won the Class 6 award. The Denver Post won the award in the largest daily category.The Oklahoma Press Association judged the 2009 CPA contest.Merle Baranczyk was named Person of the Year. Baranczyk publishes newspapers in Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and Bailey. He is a CPA past president and is active in the National Newspaper Association.A special award was presented to The Durango Herald in recognition of former editor Morley Ballantine’s contributions to community journalism. Ballantine died last October at the age of 84. Her son, publisher Richard Ballantine, accepted the award.CPA Board of Directors for 2010:Chair: Dean Lehman, Longmont Times-CallPresident: Jeanette Chavez, The Denver PostVice President: Bob Moore, Fort Collins ColoradoanTreasurer: Brenda Brandt, The Holyoke EnterpriseSecretary: Steve Pope, The GazetteOfficers are: Keith Cerny, Alamosa Valley Courier; Harrison Cochran, Aurora Sentinel; Terry House, The Pagosa Springs Sun; Bryce Jacobson, Craig Daily Press; Stephen Pierotti, Gunnison Country Times; Jane Rawlings, The Pueblo Chieftain.
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