Colorado Springs Independent won 21 awards overall, four of which were first-place nods. And the Santa Fe Reporter won 12 awards overall, three of which were first-place awards.
In addition, Westword editor Patty Calhoun was honored with the Keeper of the Flame Award, which recognizes a distinguished career in journalism:
“Westword, which started 37 years ago as a feisty alternative newspaper, is now a journalistic institution and a respect member of Denver’s media landscape,” said Gil Asakawa. “Patty Calhoun, one of the founders, is the editorial vision behind Westword, and has trained dozens of journalists â€” like me â€” on the job.”