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City Weekly Brings the Gold


Pardon us while we brag: Salt Lake City Weekly did itself proud with its result at the Top of the Rockies competition hosted by Region 9 of The Society of Professional Journalists held in Denver on April 10. ---City Weekly competed in Division B against regional papers and magazines with circulations of 10,000-75,000 in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Congratulations to our top dogs in a highly competitive 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.

Complete details follow:

Category 16 B: General Reporting Business
1st place:  Eric Peterson, “Jacked”  City Weekly

Judge's comments: Good read, you felt you got the whole enchillida when you finished Peterson’s story.  He took a complicated subject and made it understandable.  Nice work

2nd place: Renee McGaw "Losing HQ's" Denver Business Journal

3rd place:  Renee McGaw   “Banks Struggle to Lend”  Denver Business Journal

Category 18B:  Investigative/Enterprise Business
1st place:  Eric Peterson   “All Bets Are Off”    Salt Lake City Weekly

Judge's comments: A fast talking con man is taken down.  Looks like this story was part of an ongoing series of reports on Mr. Koerber.  The reporter did a good job of covering this from A to Z. Interesting read
2nd Renee McGaw  “Lenders Bitten by Jaguar”  Denver Business Journal

3rd  Paula Moore  “Advisor Faces Legal Trouble”  Denver Business Journal

Category 12 B: Science/Environmental/Healthcare Reporting
1st: J. Adrian Stanley, Colorado Springs Independent, “The Tick and the Time Bomb”
2nd: Staci Matlock, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Tracing Water’s Hidden Journey”

Honorable mention: Eric Peterson, "Shakedown" Salt Lake City Weekly

Category 4B: Investigative/Enterprise
1st place: Laura Snider, Daily Camera, Boulder’s fall from the Kyoto protocol

2nd place: Ted McDonough, Salt Lake City Weekly, They Are Watching You

Honorable mention: Adrian Stanley, Colorado Springs Independent, Tabor Tyranny

Category 14B: Sports Feature

1st place: Ian St. Clair, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, “Lane Frost”

2nd place: Wren Abbott, Salt Lake City Weekly, “Child’s Play”
Judge’s comments: Vivid descriptions made this feature on children’s motocross come to life. The story provides an intriguing look into this controversial sport.

3rd place: Dale Shrull, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, “Stonehouse dreams big”

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