First place for Best Feature Story went to Backbeat editor Michael Roberts, for "A Cut Above," his February 24, 1993, profile of mohel Jay Feder. Other Westword awards included first place for Best Sports Story to Bill Gallo, third place to Patricia Calhoun for Best Serious Column, and second place to the staff for Best Headline Writing. Westword's continuing coverage of the Rocky Flats grand jury earned the paper first place in Community Service.
Westword's classified section also took home a first for Best Classifieds, a new contest category. The General Excellence award for weeklies over 4,000 circulation went to the Estes-Park Trail-Gazette, as did the sweepstakes award in advertising; the Aspen Times won the Photo and Design sweepstakes. In the class of weeklies between 1,750 and 4,000 circulation, the Telluride Times-Journal won both the Editorial sweepstakes and the award for General Excellence. The Brighton Reporter won the General Excellence award for weeklies under 1,750 circulation.
Until two years ago Westword was allowed to compete against the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph in the class of daily papers over 100,000 circulation. This year the Rocky Mountain News took home the General Excellence award in that class, as well as sweepstakes awards in Editorial, Photo and Design; News reporter Ann Carnahan was named Shining Star. In the class of dailies between 10,000 and 100,000 circulation, the Longmont Daily Times-Call won sweepstakes awards for both Editorial, Photo and Design, as well as General Excellence. (Former Westword staff writer Juliet Wittman won first place for Best Serious Column, "Body and Soul" in the Boulder Daily Camera.) In the class of dailies under 10,000 circulation, the Fort Morgan Times earned both the Editorial, Photo and Design sweepstakes, as well as General Excellence.
The awards were announced Saturday evening at the conclusion of the CPA's annual convention.