The Durango Herald wins 56 press awards in two newspaper contests – The Durango Herald


Top of the Rockies and Colorado Press Association recognize newspaper

Quarterback Jordan Woolverton, left, and his Durango High School teammate Ben Finneseth backflip after beating Palisade High School in the 2019 CHSAA Class 3A State Playoffs in Durango. Durango Herald photographer Jerry McBride won a Colorado Press Association award for the photo. (Jerry McBride / Durango Herald file)

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The Durango Herald’s Journalism has won 56 awards in two newspaper competitions, including 22 first place awards and a general excellence award for its work accomplished in 2020.

The awards were presented by Top of the Rockies, a regional competition that covers Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As part of the Colorado Press Association competition, the Herald competed with at least 11 publications of similar size across the state.

In both competitions, the Herald has won more awards in its category, based on newsroom size, than any other newspaper.

Among the honors were first place awards for an investigative case into the death of a gas field worker who died in an explosion in January 2019 south of Durango; an article by sports editor John Livingston on Durango cycling star Howard Grotts stepping back from full-time professional racing to pursue a career in education; and the newspaper’s Women in Business advertising section.

Herald Journalist Shannon Mullane won a first place award in science and technology writing for her reporting on a woman from Durango who describes herself as being trapped in her own home due to electromagnetic fields emitted by power lines, cell phones and cell towers in the Animas Vallée.

Herald Designer Gary Markstein won a first place award for a collection of his drawings. One judge wrote: “An editorial cartoon with a pointed message simply says so that readers can easily understand the meaning.”

And for a long time Herald Photo editor Jerry McBride won seven awards in both competitions, including Best Slideshow, Best Portfolio, Best Sports Photo and Best Social Justice Photography.

the Herald will feature more of his award-winning stories, photographs and advertisements next week at and in the May 29 print editions.


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