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Top Dogs of the Rockies

by Jerre Wroble
- Posted // 2011-04-11 -

City Weekly writers held sway at the Top of the Rockies competition, a regional contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9. Competing against papers from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming in the 10,000 to 75,000 circulation range, the paper garnered a dozen awards, four of them first place. While the big reception is set for April 15 in Denver, winners were announced on the local SPJ chapter's website here.

We're especially proud of the Legal Investigative/Enterprise Reporting category, where our reporters took 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

First Place

Legal Investigative/Enterprise Reporting

Stephen Dark: Super Trooper: Imbibing, then driving? Better stay out of UHP's Lisa Steed's way.

Health Feature Writing

Stephen Dark, writer; Nicki Wylie, photographer; Marty Foy, videographer; Doug Boehm, illustrator: Mental Hell: In fall 2009, Valley Mental Health cut back and changed services. Six months later, clients have yet to recover.

A&E Reporting

Dan Nailen: Ropin' & Rhyming: Utah's cowboy poets rage against the dying of the light.

Politics Feature Writing

Josh Loftin: Desparately Seeking Sam Granato: The Democratic Senate candidate tries to win voters in a Republican wasteland.

Second Place

Legal Investigative/Enterprise Reporting

Jesse Fruhwirth: Some Call It Kidnapping: How Utah adoption laws take babies from the nation's unmarried fathers.

Health Investigative/Enterprise Reporting

Eric S. Peterson: What You Don't Know About Me Could Hurt You: Why overburdened Utah regulators can't keep the bad doctors away.

Environmental Feature Writing

Jim Catano, writer; Marty Foy, videographer; Jesse Fruhwirth, videography: Into Hot Water: Utah's love/hate relationship with its hot springs; Steam Dream: Utah tempts entrepreneurs with its trifecta of renewable energy sources.

News Feature

Scott Carrier: The One Mighty and Strong: To put God's house in order, Brian David Mitchell needed to kidnap a virgin bride.

Third Place:

Breaking News Story

Jesse Fruhwirth: Woman: Garn lying about 'no contact' in hot tub when she was 15; Hot tubber/developer Kevin Garn is kind of a big deal.

Education Investigative/Enterprise Reporting

Eric Peterson: Dishonor Code: Despite a 2007 gay-friendly update to BYU's honor code, some students claim the discipline goes too far.

Legal Investigative/Enterprise Reporting

Eric Peterson: All Bark: Civil-rights advocates worry local watchdog ACLU of Utah has lost its bite.

Legal Feature Writing

Carolyn Campbell: Killed for Custody: A custody battle ends with a mother's murder.

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