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Recent Awards

Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

2011 Utah Headliners

City Weekly writers consistently hold their own at the local awards competition sponsored by the Utah Headliners chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The paper competes in the Newspaper Division A, against papers with a circulation of more than 50,000, including The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. At the Friday, June 17, 2011, Utah Headliners banquet, 175 finalists were recognized from 1,000 entries. City Weekly brought home more than a dozen awards, including:

First place winners:

Staff reporter Eric S. Peterson in Medical Science Reporting for his story about bad doctors, titled "What You Don't Know About Me Could Hurt You."

Freelancer Scott Carrier whose profile on Brian David Mitchell titled "The One Mighty & Strong" took first in Religion Values Reporting.

Opinion writer John Rasmuson for his "Text Me Not" column.

A&E editor Scott Renshaw dominated in the headline-writing category.

And, Marty Foy, now living in Denver, won SPJ's award for Best Videographer for 2011.

Second place winners:

City Weekly took 2nd place as Best Newspaper (Salt Lake Tribune took 1st and there were no 3rd place or honorable mention winners. D-News, where were you?)

Scott Renshaw: 2nd place for his review/criticism of the film Babies.

Carolyn Campbell: 2nd place for her "Killed for Custody" Criminal Justice feature.

Jesse Fruhwirth: 2nd place for his "Sexual Healing" Religion/Values feature.

John Kilbourn: 2nd place for his Election Issues illustration.

Third place/honorable mention winners:'s Salt Blog took 3rd place for Best Overall Blog; our Facebook page took 3rd for Best Use of News-Oriented Social Media. earned an honorable mention for Best News-Oriented Website.

Bill Frost earned an honorable mention for his "What Gary Herbert Doesn't Know" Ocho column in the Humor/Lifestyle category as did Randy Harward for his "Utah Hold 'Em" feature in the Arts & Entertainment reporting category.

2010 Utah Headliners

Government Reporting
1st place Salt Lake City Weekly "Called into Question," Eric Peterson
Hon. Mention Salt Lake City Weekly "They're Watching You," Ted McDonough

Medical/Science Reporting
1st place Salt Lake City Weekly "You Bet Your Life," Eric Peterson
Hon. Mention Salt Lake City Weekly "Beetles Attack," Stephen Dark

Minority Issues Reporting

1st place Salt Lake City Weekly "Gone Baby Gone," Stephen Dark

Best Newspaper
1st place The Salt Lake Tribune 2009 Best Newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune Staff
2nd place Salt Lake City Weekly 2009 Best Newspaper Salt Lake City Weekly Staff

3rd place Deseret News 2009 Best Newspaper Deseret News Staff

Best Reporter
Honorable Mention Salt Lake City Weekly 2009 Best Reporter Jesse Fruhwirth

Personality Profile
2nd place Salt Lake City Weekly "Insult to injury: survive a traumatic brain injury," Stephen Dark

Sports Reporting

3rd place Salt Lake City Weekly "Real Passion: As Real Salt Lake's playoff dreams dwindle" Stephen Dark

2nd place Salt Lake City Weekly "Less is More," Ted Scheffler
Hon. Mention Salt Lake City Weekly "Right Now," Jamie Gadette

Education Reporting

3rd place Salt Lake City Weekly "Studied to Death," Katharine Biele

Headline Writing
2nd place Salt Lake City Weekly Headline Writing Scott Renshaw

Page Design - Front Page
3rd place City Weekly Front Page of City Weekly Susan Kruithof

Page Design - Feature Page

3rd place City Weekly Utah's Alternative Pioneers Susan Kruithof

Best Podcast (video or audio)
2nd place Salt Lake City Weekly Joe Berlinger interview Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly Interview 1 Ron Johnson Leo Dirr

Best multi-media (online)
3rd place Salt Lake City Weekly iPhone movie from Urban Lounge, Benjamin Jennings

2009 Utah Headliners

Best Newspaper Reporter
1st place: Stephen Dark
Honorable mention: Ted McDonough

2nd place: Scott Renshaw, "Romancing the Stoned"

Criminal Justice Reporting
2nd place: Eric S. Peterson, "Hard Labor"
Honorable mention: Ted McDonough, "Books Behind Bars"

Consumer Reporting
1st place: Eric S. Peterson, "Jacked"
3rd place: Ted McDonough, "Renting Sucks!"

Government Reporting
1st place: Eric S. Peterson, "Drug Deal"
Honorable mention: Ted McDonough, "Badgered"

Medical/Science Reporting
3rd place: Ted McDonough, "Dust Up"
Honorable mention: Eric S. Peterson, "Life and Limb"

Military Reporting
1st place: Stephen Dark, "Diary of a Suicide"

Minority Issues Reporting
3rd place: Eric S. Peterson, "Afraid to Talk"

Personality Profile
3rd Place Ted McDonough Salt Lake City Weekly, Final Shot

Religion/Values Reporting
2nd place: Stephen Dark, "Swap Meet"
3rd place: Carolyn Campbell, "Gay Bride"

Sports Reporting
Honorable Mention: Stephen Dark, "Real-ity Check"

Headline Writing
2nd place: Scott Renshaw

Best Blog Entry
3rd place: Brandon Burt, "There Are/Were Gay People at BYU"

2008 Utah Headliners

Best Reporter
Honorable Mention: Ted McDonough

1st place: Scott Renshaw "Groin pains"

Criminal Justice Reporting
3rd place: Stephen Dark "Fuel Injected Lunatic"

Military Reporting
2nd place: Stephen Dark "The Things We Carry"

Minority Issues Reporting
1st place: Stephen Dark "Crap Shoot"

Personality Profile
1st place: Stephen Dark "Sex Machine"

2007 Utah Headliners

Best Reporter
1st place: Ted McDonough "He tackles socially relevant and complex stories and makes them easy to understand and eminently readable."

3rd place: Shane Johnson "Writing style made reading even long pieces enjoyable, and stories are packed with information."

Best Newspaper
Honorable Mention: Salt Lake City Weekly "Fun-loving, but also good substance."

Continuing Coverage
Honorable Mention: Shane Johnson, coverage of funding for Lohra Miller

3rd place: Stephen Dark, Polygamy Series

3rd place: Scott Renshaw "Facial Err"

Criminal Justice Reporting
1st place: Shane Johnson "Who killed Kenny?"
2nd place: Shane Johnson "Cop Out"

Consumer Reporting
1st place: Katharine Biele "Cold comfort"

Government Reporting
1st place: Ted McDonough "Dolan Deals"

Military Reporting
3rd place: Ted McDonough "Just Testing"

Personality Profile
1st place: Ben Fulton "Melvin's Last Stand"
3rd place: Carolyn Campbell "The Woman Inside"

Religion/Values Reporting
2nd place: Stephen Dark "The World is Their Cloister"

Editorial Cartoon
2nd place: John Kilbourn "Extremist Makeover"

Headline Writing
1st place: Bill Frost "Very clever-all hit the mark."

Page Design-Front Page
3rd place: Susan Kruithof "Strange Brew"

Top of the Rockies Society of Professional Journalists  regional competition

2011 Top of the Rockies

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, in 2011, the paper garnered a dozen awards, four of them first place.

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

First place winners:

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 winners:

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 winners:

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. 

2010 Top of the Rockies

In our first year competing in this regional contest, staff reporter Eric Peterson brought home two first places for his feature on Rick Koeber in "All Bets Are Off" and his look at tax breaks in Utah's oil and gas industry in "Jacked." He also brought home an honorable mention for a feature on IHC titled "Shake Down."

Former staffer Ted McDonough garnered a second place for his investigative feature on Salt Lake City surveillance in "They Are Watching You."

Freelancer Wren Abbott earned a second place in her "Child's Play" feature about youth motocross in Salt Lake City.

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards competition
The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies ( includes 130 alt-weekly news organizations reaching a print and online audience of more than 25 million adults in the U.S. and Canada.

2009 News Story: Short Form (Circulation Above 50,000)
3rd place: Ted McDonough

2007 Arts Criticism (Circulation Above 50,000)
Honorable Mention: Scott Renshaw

2007 News Story-Short Form (Circulation Above 50,000)
Honorable Mention: Ted McDonough