Steamboat Pilot & Today garners eight individual awards at Colorado Press Association banquet

Led by Reporter John F. Russell earning two first-place honors, the Steamboat Pilot & Today staff received eight individual awards at the 2022 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Colorado Press Association.

The annual awards presentation is meant to recognize excellence in journalism. The Steamboat Pilot & Today competed in Class 2, and winners were decided by members of the New York Press Association. The awards were presented Saturday during the annual Colorado Press Association banquet.

Leading the way for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Russell won first place in best news photography for his work on the Rainbow Family gathering and in best photo slideshow for his photography from the Piceance-East Douglas wild horse roundup.

Also winning first was former Assistant Editor Shelby Reardon, who won for best informational graphic on a package titled “The Land of 100 Olympians.”

Rounding out the honors, former Steamboat Pilot & Today Reporter Dylan Anderson won two second-place honors — one for best data journalism for his reporting on campaign financing in the state House and Senate races and another for best health enterprise/feature for his reporting on the closure of the Steamboat Planned Parenthood.

At the same time, Alison Berg won second place for best editorial collaboration as a result of a piece she worked on with Susan Greene of the Colorado News Collaborative about the resignation of the CEO at Mind Springs Health.

Also, Spencer Powell won second place for best public service project with his reporting on efforts to save the Whitehaven Mobile Home Park after residents learned of a potential sale of the park.

Rounding out the awards, Peyton Crantford received second place in the best page design category for his work showcasing the final weekend at the Routt County Fair.

“I’m proud of our staff and the work we accomplished in 2022, and I very much look forward to seeing what we’re able to do moving forward,” Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Eli Pace said. “These honors are a nice reflection of some of the work we did in 2022, but our best judges will always be our readers.”

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