Statewide contest honors Indy, Gazette journalists with top prizes 

The smell of success

The Colorado Springs Independent won three first-place awards and a total of eight citations in the 2004 Society of Professional Journalists' Best of Colorado Excellence in Journalism awards.

Congratulations are also in order to the Colorado Springs Gazette, which bagged the same number of top prizes and brought home 10 awards overall.

The Indy and the Gazette competed in the 10,000 to 99,000 general circulation newspaper division. Winners were announced last Friday night at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

The Independent swept the Investigative/Enterprise reporting category, winning all three awards.

Reporter Terje Langeland won first place for his two-part series "Honor among thieves," which ran last Sept. 9 and 16 and detailed the vast wheeling and dealing of former Fort Carson contractor Bill Clary.

Terje Langeland also took second place for his Feb. 19 and 26, 2004, series "Command performance," which detailed the pro-voucher movement's orchestrated takeover of the city's largest school district.

Writer Rich Tosches won third place in this category for his June 17 story "Marking their territories," which detailed the ongoing feud between the Colorado Humane Society and the Pikes Peak Humane Society.

John Hazlehurst won two first-place awards. Hazlehurst, a weekly columnist, was awarded the top prize for Business Column Writing.

Hazlehurst also took top honors in the Arts and Entertainment News or Features category for his Sept. 23 "Eye of the lens," about the life and photographs of Pueblo photographer John Suhay.

Independent Editor Cara DeGette was awarded second place in the Personal Columns category for Public Eye.

Rich Tosches also won a third-place award for his July 15 News Feature, "Reading between the lines," about library director Jose Aponte. Terje Langeland also took third place in News Reporting for his April 15 story, "The war comes home," about soldiers returning from Iraq.

Links to all of the Independent's winning stories can be accessed online this week at www.csindy.com.

The Gazette's prizes included:

Reporters Tom Roeder and Dennis Huspeni won first place in News Reporting, and Paul Asay took a second place in that category.

Reporter Paul Beebe won first place in Business Reporting. David Ramsey took home a first place award in Sports Column Writing; Milo F. Bryant won second place in that category.

Reporter Deb Acord won a second place award in the News Feature category; Dave Philipps won second place in the

Science/Environmental/Agricultural/Medical Reporting category.

Finally, reporters Ed Sealover won third place for Political Reporting, Bill Hethcock took third in Legal Affairs Reporting and Bill Reed won third prize in the category "A Reader."


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