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Penny Parker

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Denver Post lays off six people, including major chunk of YourHub staff

    Yesterday, the Denver Post announced that six members of the staff would be laid off, with five of them serving as community managers for YourHub, the paper's citizen-journalist arm. Is this the beginning of the end for YourHub, which began its life under the umbrella of the Rocky Mountain News, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Mike Littwin on his Denver Post ouster and new Colorado Independent challenge

    In March 2012, Mike Littwin, widely acknowledged as the best known and most popular newspaper columnist in the city, was ignominiously bounced from his gig at the Denver Post in a cost-cutting tactic. Since then, Littwin sightings have been rare. But at long last, he's back, reemerging as one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Penny Parker, other Rocky Mountain News survivors: What did they do after love was gone?

    It's been four years since the Rocky Mountain News closed just shy of its 150th birthday. What's happened to folks at the paper since then, and where are they now? That's the subject of "After the Love Is Gone -- Following the Rocky Road," a discussion today featuring the likes of longtime columnist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Denver Post ex-columnist Chuck Murphy leaving paper for job with nonprofit

    Another high-profile staffer is leaving the Denver Post: On November 10, Chuck Murphy, who served briefly as a metro columnist for the paper before taking on a different position amid a series of cost-cutting moves, is leaving the paper to work for an unnamed nonprofit. But Murphy maintains that hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Denver Post covers Aurora theater shootings without official columnist

    Covering the Aurora theater shootings would have been a huge challenge for the Denver Post under any circumstances. But right now, the paper is operating under a strange handicap. For reasons that involve highly technical union rules, the Post doesn't officially have a columnist -- and its attempt t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Reader: New reviewer should remember to bring a thesaurus

    The news that Laura Shunk is moving to New York and opening up a slot for a new restaurant critic inspired many readers to suggest possible candidates -- including old restaurant critic Jason Sheehan, for example. Penny Parker. And two words: Dave. Barnes. "I think more reviews should be focused o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Post: Rehire Mike Littwin or Penny Parker or be columnist-free 'til 2013?

    Earlier this week, we interviewed the Denver Post's sole current metro columnist, Tina Griego, who's accepted a severance deal originally designed to reduce the paper's copy-editing staff by two-thirds and will soon be moving with her family to Virginia. Her replacement? Our interpretation of the gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Tina Griego on leaving Denver Post and importance of columnists

    And then there were none. The Denver Post recently laid off metro columnist Mike Littwin and reassigned newly minted fellow columnist Chuck Murphy to a social media job. That left Tina Griego as the Post's sole metro columnist -- but as she announced today, she will soon be moving with her family to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Denver Post to lay off two-thirds of its copy editors?

    Within the past several months, the Denver Post has made buyout deals with nineteen staffers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Keefe, and laid off popular columnists Mike Littwin and Penny Parker, among others. But the cuts aren't over. In an internal memo on view below, editor Greg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Craig F. Walker's Pulitzer Prize for Denver Post one more reason to root for newspapers

    Yesterday, the Denver Post's Craig F. Walker won the feature photography Pulitzer Prize for the second time in three years -- a remarkable achievement, and quite possibly an unprecedented one. The award is not only an acknowledgment of Walker's moving shots of Scott Ostrow, an Iraq vet who returned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Penny Parker's Evening of Decadent Delights is tonight

    Penny Parker may have lost her job at the Denver Post, but she hasn't lost her interest in Sense of Security, a charity that helps breast-cancer patients. Her third annual Evening of Decadent Delights -- a benefit for the charity -- will be at Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, tonight. Dinner will also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Denver Post: More shrinkage to staff, pages

    We've recently shared news about Denver Post layoffs of Mike Littwin and Penny Parker and reported pay cuts for Woody Paige and Vincent Carroll, another pair of high-profile staffers. But that's not all, folks. Editor Greg Moore confirms another pair of layoffs amid word that many previously mention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Culinary calendar: Penny Parker's Decadent Delights, a giant potato and grappa!

    Penny Parker may have lost her job at the Denver Post, but she hasn't lost her interest in a charity that helps breast-cancer patients -- a charity that will benefit from a fundraiser at Coohills this Tuesday. Here's a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week:

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Woody Paige, Vincent Carroll get pay cuts at the Denver Post?

    Today, the Denver Post's Woody Paige lauds Baylor for winning the NCAA women's basketball championship. But did he receive less compensation for his prose than usual? Multiple sources tell us Paige received a pay cut around the time columnists Mike Littwin and Penny Parker were laid off -- and so di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Readers disagree about whether Mike Littwin layoff at Denver Post a pro or a con

    Our post yesterday about Penny Parker and Mike Littwin being laid off by the Denver Post was met with an explosion of commentary, much of it directed at Littwin, whose work is loved and hated with equal passion. Here are two responses that capture the contrast.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Reader: Spicy Pickle started out strong, but lost its bite

    ​When the first Spicy Pickle opened at 988 Lincoln Street in 1999, it quickly drew faithful fans with its hearty sandwiches -- always accompanied by a homemade pickle. That early rush fueled lots of dreams, dreams of the kind of success that other homegrown chains, most notably Chipotle, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Here are your 2011 Denver #WebAwards arts winners

    ​Here are the winners of the 2011 Denver #WebAwards in the category we're loosely dubbing "arts," which means Westword scribes report on the happenings in these beats, right here on Show and Tell. (And no, Westword writers were not eligible for these awards.) These are the winners only; for a ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Leaked! 2011 Denver #WebAwards winners

    ​OK, it's not really a leak if the source publishes the info -- more like a sneak-peek of Denver #WebAwards winners, we're publishing ten award winners this morning, in advance of tonight's party at Casselman's. It's open to anyone age 21 and up at 8 p.m.. (although anyone on our list of final ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Scuttlebutt on the street: World-renowned chef Charlie Palmer taking over Big Game

    ​Not that Charlie Palmer needs much of an introduction: The world-renowned, James Beard award-winning master chef, whose progressive American cooking, stylized with classic French techniques, has generated accolades all over the country, presides over an extraordinary number of restaurants, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Tonight: An Evening of Decadent Delights at Lola

    A Flickr photo​Some of Denver's top chefs are participating in tonight's aptly named Evening of Decadent Delights at Lola, 1575 Boulder Street. Alex Seidel (Fruition) will create the passed hors d'ouevre; Sean Yontz (El Diablo) is tapped for the appetizer course; Goose Sorensen (Solera) will w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Richthofen Castle still for sale: Curse you, Red Baron!

    Richthofen Castle.​As noted by Penny Parker, the historic Richthofen Castle -- built in the late 1800s by the uncle of the Red Baron -- has been on sale for four-years plus. That means even before the real estate slump, no one was interested in plunking down $3.9 million (not counting memorabi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Foster Graham Millstein & Calisher: The power to make John Hickenlooper and other prominent Denverites look silly

    Want proof that Foster Graham Millstein & Calisher is among Denver's most powerful law firms? Check out the notables who eagerly appear in its tenth-anniversary video, seen above. Included is Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, seen at about the 45 second mark reading words of effusive praise for FGMC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Rioja team ropes together Martini Ranch deal

    Meanwhile, back at Martini Ranch....​Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, the talented duo behind Larimer Square restaurants Rioja and Bistro Vendome, have their eyes on a third spot around the corner, as Penny Parker reports in a good scoop this morning. According to the sign still on the former M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Get lit in LoDo this holiday season!

    Dixons packaged itself for the holidays.​Twenty-seven businesses entered the first annual LoDo Aglow: Scenes of the Season window-decorating contest, lighting up for the holidays (and through the Stock Show, like the Denver City and County Building). And the winners, announced this week by t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Denver's best Caesar salad award goes to...

    Lori MidsonCaesar salad from Opus​ Last night I witnessed the Greatest Caesar Salad competition, an annual battle of the romaine hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food, that pitted seven local restaurants -- Squeaky Bean, Root Down, Campo de Fiori, Marco's Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    You, too, can judge Cook Street's battle of the chefs

    The kitchen crew at Cook Street Fine School of Cooking, 1937 Market Street, is searching for a kick-ass judge to sound off at the school's upcoming cook-off, an Iron Chef-like duel on Friday, July 31, that's all part of Cook Street's ten-year anniversary celebrations. If you'd like to voice your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Former enemies Penny Parker and Bill Husted finding ways to co-exist at the Denver Post

    Penny Parker, who's back at the Denver Post. The February 26 announcement that the Rocky Mountain News would close was accompanied by word that the Denver Post had hired a handful of Rocky notables. This move was a positive development for readers, as well as for the staffers in question -- but com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Major behind-the-scenes shuffling at the Denver Post

    Photo courtesy of Flickr. The just-published blog "Former Enemies Penny Parker and Bill Husted Finding Ways to Co-Exist at the Denver Post" describes the intriguing repercussions of changes at the broadsheet since the closure of the Rocky Mountain News -- and plenty more are on the way. Earlier tod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, March 9 edition

    Cut Off Your Hands -- which is the name of a band, not a reference to a scene in Watchmen. Here are some things we published not too long ago... Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Cut Off Your Hands at the hi-dive. • Over the Weekend: Tauntaun and Kingdom of Magic at the Bluebird. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Denver Post to add Rocky Mountain News voices

    Almost two months ago, Michael Roberts offered an all-star list of five Rocky Mountain News staffers that he suggested the Denver Post hire should the News shut down.Now, with the News's last day tomorrow, the Post has announced that it's adding a handful of News employees, and three of them were on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    From Gallagher's to 5280 to Hickory Prime

    Driving down Arapahoe Street Wednesday, I almost crashed my car when I saw that the restaurant at the corner of 15th had changed its name. Again.For years, this space was the home of the execrable Gallagher's, where I once had a very long night with then-Westword restaurant critic Kyle Wagner and Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Denver Blogs: Macrophenomenal!

    A daily roundup of stuff maybe worth reading about Denver. Send tips. A basketball book with the word "macrophenomenal" in the title. No, it's not by Charles Barkley. (Denver Stiffs) The good, the bad, and the unknown about Ken Salazar. With hats like that, the ugly goes without saying. (5280) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Sorry, Penny Parker, but the DNC is over

    Penny Parker. The Democratic National Convention was manna from heaven for gossip columnists like the Rocky Mountain News' Penny Parker. Instead of having to give the bold-face-print treatment to low-profile radio personalities, local TV types or socialites about whom few in the general public kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    The Rocky Mountain News Links LoDo Shooting to Democratic National Convention

    It's still about two months until the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Denver, but you'd never know it from the pages of the Rocky Mountain News. The venerable tab is going to extremes to get the letters "DNC" into every story possible. Note that columnist Penny Parker included pleas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Would You Cut John Elway Off At Your Bar?

    Watching the press conference where John Elway announced his retirement in 1998, I turned to a friend of mine to see he had tears streaming down his face. That is the only time I ever saw him cry, before or since. Not even when I kneed him in the junk over a four-square dispute in fifth grade -- tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    More Messages: Symbiosis

    Because Denver continues to have a severe shortage of celebrities, the gossip columnists at the dailies regularly create their own -- and the results can be awkward. Today, for instance, the Denver Post's Bill Husted devoted a third of his column to the impending departure of Lisa Herzlich, who's ha ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Feeling Kinda Blue (and Orange)

    Analyzing the post-game psyche.

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    The Message

    Saint John

  • Dining

    July 11, 2002

    The Bite

    High on Highland

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Post Mortem

    An unpublished column helps wrap up Chuck Green's story at the Denver Post.

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Journey's End

    The media outlets that helped Ocean Journey float aren't mentioning their roles now that it's sinking.

  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Off Limits

    Shakers and movers

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    Off Limits

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Leftoverture

    Alternative rockers are getting behind Alternative Radio.

  • News

    March 30, 2000

    Paper Trail

    The News VP asks children's help in watching the competition

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Gossipmongers

    Dishing dirt on the bigmouths of Denver.

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    This Is Only a Test

    The programming secrets toies er's old-time formats radio.

  • News

    December 26, 1996
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