GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Sharon Sullivan, longtime staff writer at the Grand Junction Free Press, won two first-place awards for journalistic excellence at the 134th annual Colorado Press Association Convention held last weekend.
Sullivan took first place for a feature story she wrote last year about Grand Junction "social entrepreneur" Dany Bode and his African-based nonprofit which seeks to help people out of poverty through sustainable development.
Sullivan also took first place for an education story about Fruita 8/9 School's road to winning the statewide 2011 Sustainability Champion Award.
Winners of the annual Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest were announced Feb. 25 in Denver.
The Free Press competes against more than 30 weeklies and non-dailies in Colorado with 4,000+ circulation including the Denver Business Journal, Cortez Journal, Arvada Press, Aurora Sentinel, Pagosa Springs Sun, Windsor Beacon and many more.
This win totals eight for Sullivan who has won awards in previous years in categories including best news story, best business story, best feature photograph and best agriculture story. This is the second year in a row Sullivan has taken first place for best feature story.