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Westword Wins from the SPJ's Top of the Rockies Awards

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A package of Westword articles, including “Almost Home,” Kristin Pazulski’s November 5, 2014, cover story that took a long, hard look at Denver’s Road Home and the ten-year campaign to end homelessness in this city, won first place in Public Service in the large-paper category in this year’s Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards, announced Friday, May 15, at the Denver Press Club.

Westword also took first place in the Special Section category for “Bloody Ludlow,” our May 17, 2014, package on the hundred-year anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. Alan Prendergast’s cover story on Ludlow had already won the 2015 Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award from Ball State University.

Prendergast also won first place in Legal Enterprise Reporting for “The Snitch Who Stole Christmas,” his November 26, 2014, cover story on a drug bust gone very, very bad in Trinidad.

Westword staff writer Melanie Asmar won two first-place prizes: in Environmental Enterprise for “One Fish, Two Fish,” her August 7, 2014 cover story on the comeback of the greenback cutthroat trout in Colorado; and in Educational Enterprise for “Wrong Answer,” her April 10, 2014, cover story on Denver Public Schools teachers who claimed the district got rid of them without due process.

Art director Jay Vollmar also took first place in Front Page Design for "The Coldest Case" cover of the December 18, 2014, issue on the never-ending JonBenét Ramsey murder case.

Patricia Calhoun's columns, which took first place in the national SPJ contest, earned second- and third-place prizes in the regional awards.

For more Westword wins and a complete list of all the prizes in the Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards, which honor journalists and publications in the four-state mountain region, go to spjcolorado.com. You can read all of the Westword award winners online here.

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