Evergreen Newspapers honored by CPA, Top of the Rockies

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Evergreen Newspapers recently won 61 awards — 47 from the Colorado Press Association, including sweepstakes honors for photography and design for the Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant, and 14 more from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies contest.

The Colorado Press Association awards banquet was held April 14 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The Top of the Rockies awards ceremony was Friday night at the Denver Press Club.

“At Evergreen Newspapers, we make it our priority to bring you truly local news in a professional manner. When measured by industry standards, we have been continually recognized in editorial, photography, ad design and layout as exceptional, usually at the top of our class,” publisher Kristin Witt said. “I can boast about this because I have very little to do with it. I am privileged and blessed to have a staff that approaches their job with tenacity, talent and a strong work ethic. We bring you the relevant stories week in and week out that make a difference in your lives, in our lives, because we are part of this community and we take seriously the impact that printed media has on the well-being of the people who live here.”

The staff took first place in Class 4 of the Colorado Press Association with its two-week series looking back on the 5-year anniversary of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire. The package took second place in Top of the Rockies.

Former photographer Chancey Bush won or shared 19 awards, including 11 first-place honors.

Editor Michael Hicks won 10 awards, including first place for a pair of sports event stories, news page design and headline writing.

Reporter Sal Christ won a trio of first-place awards, including for best general reporting series or package in Top of the Rockies for her work on the death of 17-year-old Platte Canyon High School student Maggie Long.

News editor Deb Hurley Brobst took first place in CPA for her feature on Jodie Stewart, the 52-year-old Idaho Springs resident who was killed last July while driving on I-70 near Morrison. Brobst also won first place in Top of the Rockies for her feature on 94-year-old World War II veteran George Lockwood.

Graphic designers David Erramouspe and Page Hatcher combined to win three first-place awards, reporter Corinne Westeman won first place in headline writing and shared honors with Hatcher for an infographic, and reporter Deborah Swearingen teamed with Bush to win first place for best story/picture combination on their feature on Camp Ember.

The Clear Creek Courant’s website took top honors in Class 2 from the Colorado Press Association.