Five staff members take home awards
On Saturday, March 1, five staff members of the Crested Butte News were honored with awards for excellence from the Colorado Press Association (CPA). In addition, the News took home the Photo and Design Sweepstakes award. The News competes against other statewide newspapers of similar size and circulation in the annual newspaper contest.
News staff photographer Alex Fenlon received four awards this past weekend. He received a first-place award for sports photography for his photograph of a biker at the dirt bike park in town. He also received a third-place award for sports photography for his photo of a Little League pitcher. Fenlon received a first-place award for feature photography for his photo of local Cub Scouts at their Pine Wood Derby and a third-place award for news photography for his photo of a brush fire outside of Gunnison.
News production manager Tyler Hansen received a first-place finish for feature-page design for the Grand Traverse.
News editor Aleesha Towns received a third-place finish for serious column writing for her editorial writing. News reporter Than Acuff won a third-place award for sports event coverage, specifically Crested Butte softball. News reporter Evan Dawson took home a second-place finish for feature writing for his story, “Ski Bummin’.’”
“I’m so proud of these awards this year,” says News publisher Melissa Ruch. “It’s an honor for our staff members to be awarded for their talents, and all of their hard work and long hours they put in.”
Towns added, “We all work hard every week to put out a quality product here at the News. It’s fantastic that the Association recognized this team’s accomplishments.”
The Colorado Press Association has 141 regular newspaper members. At the 130th annual awards ceremony this past weekend, more than 775 awards were given out.