Blizzards: The Up Side

In recent years, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News have grown accustomed to receiving recognition from the Pulitzer Prize committee. The Post and the Rocky each won for Columbine coverage (in breaking news and photography categories, respectively), and the Rocky was subsequently recognized for its photos of the Hayman fire. Then, last year, writer Jim Sheeler and shutterbug Todd Heisler received baubles in connection to the epic "Final Salute" feature.

This year, yet another victory for a Denver daily seemed unlikely -- but according to an article in Editor & Publisher, a journalism industry trade mag, it's not out of the realm of possibility. A list of supposed finalists names the Post in connection to its reporting on those wonderful blizzards that struck the city.

The other candidates in this division include the Oregonian, which led the pack in writing about James Kim, who died trying to save his lost family, and the Louisville Courier-Journal, a paper whose coverage of a Comair plane crash last summer that took more than four dozen lives has earned much praise.

As such, the Post might be in the position of actor Ryan Gosling at this year's Oscars -- honored to be nominated, but with little chance to actually win. Don't count the broadsheet out, though. After all, the Pulitzer judges seem to like -- really, really like -- Colorado. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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