MediaNews Group vice chairman and chief executive officer/Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton faces the same kind of bleak economic outlook as any newspaper magnate, albeit with a number of intriguing twists -- among them the potential closure of the Rocky Mountain News, the Post's joint-operating-agreement partner in Denver. But at least he knows he'll have a happy day on May 14. That's when the Mizel Museum honors him as the recipient of the 2009 Community Cultural Enrichment Award winner at the museum's annual dinner. He may be a divisive figure in journalism circles here and beyond, but there's no hint of that in the promo item seen here. Rather, he's said to enjoy "worldwide acclaim."
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Mizel Museum Honors Singleton 2009 Community Cultural Enrichment Award Recipient Named
Colorado's Largest Annual Fundraiser 1,800 Guests Expected to Honor Singleton
DECEMBER 2008 -- DENVER, CO (AP)
Profound words; stirring images; and worldwide acclaim as publisher of 61 daily newspapers and more than 120 non-daily publications in thirteen states: These are among the triumphs that lead to William Dean Singleton's selection as the Mizel Museum's 2009 Community Cultural Enrichment Award honoree.
The Award will be presented at a gala dinner on May 14, 2009 at Wings Over the Rockies, 7711 E. Academy Blvd. in Denver.
Since 1990, the Mizel Museum has annually recognized outstanding contributors to the arts with the Community Cultural Enrichment Award. Among past recipients are last year's honoree Norman Brownstein and 2007 honoree Mayor John Hickenlooper.
The Awards Dinner is the largest annual Colorado fundraiser. Proceeds from the dinner go toward the operation of the Mizel Museum.
Began Legendary Career as a Cub Reporter
William Dean Singleton, 57, is Vice-Chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group, publisher of 61 daily newspapers and over 120 non-daily publications in thirteen states. He founded the company in 1983 and in its 25th year, MediaNews is the Nation's 4th largest newspaper company and the largest privately held newspaper concern. Singleton is also Chairman and Publisher of the Denver Post, the company's largest newspaper, and he is Chairman and Publisher of the Salt Lake Tribune.
He began his newspaper career at the age of 15 as a part-time reporter in his hometown of Graham, Texas, and bought his first newspaper at age 21. He served on the board of the Newspaper Association of America from 1993 until 2004, and is the former Chairman. He also serves as Chairman of the Associated Press Board of Directors.
PRINT MAGNATE'S IMPACT FELT BEYOND NEWSTAND, SAYS MIZEL
"Through his immense ability to reach millions of people with concerns of the City of Denver, the nation and the world, Dean Singleton brings immeasurable cultural enrichment to citizens everywhere," said Larry Mizel, Found of the Mizel Museum. "The reach he has in changing lives for the good cannot be overstated."
In addition to his commitmnet to journalism, Singleton is on the Board of Trustees for the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Foundation and the Winter Park Recreational Association Board.
Former Award Recipients: A Who's Who of Civic Icons
Ray Baker Norman Brownstein Peter H. Coors Cortlandt Dietler Cindy and Steve Farber Charles P. Gallagher Miriam Goldberg Rabbi Daniel Goldberger Suzy and Jack Grazi Mayor John Hickenlooper Arlene Hirschfeld Donald Kortz Robyn and Robert Loup Governor Bill Owens and Francis Owens Chancellor Daniel Ritchie Ed and Dick Robinson Governor Roy Romer Cardinal J. Fracis Stafford