Calhoun Columns Take First Place in National Sigma Delta Chi Awards

Calhoun Columns Take First Place in National Sigma Delta Chi Awards

Westword editor Patricia Calhoun has won first place for General Column Writing in the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Awards (daily circulation 1-100,000/non-daily publication) with a collection of columns that included two pices on the Sand Creek Massacre (including Governor John Hickenlooper’s apology to descendants) to a pioneering pot researcher to the invention of the illuminated outdoor Christmas tree in Denver a century ago. The awards, which recognized work published or broadcast in 2014, were announced at the end of April; Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at a banquet on June 26 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Alan Prendergast won the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature writing (non-daily publication) for “The Lifers Book Club”; Calhoun won that same award in 2010 for “Spreading Her Wings,” her story about Kristen Stillman, who, along with her twin brother, was held hostage in a home in northwest Denver for more than a decade. The Calhoun columns in her winning entry:

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December 9, 2014: "Sweet Sorrow"
November 26, 2014: "The Light Stuff"
November 19, 2014: "A Dark Legacy"
September 4, 2014: "Hot Potato"
June 12, 2014: "Rocky Flats Secrets"

Find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists here.

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