Free Press wins big at CPA awards
The Grand Junction Free Press Weekly cleaned up at the Colorado Press Association awards this past February — snagging 13 editorial awards in a variety of categories for 2013.
BEST EDUCATION STORY
Grand Junction Free Press Community Editor Caitlin Row took first place for “Raising tech-savvy kids.”
BEST HEALTH FEATURE STORY
Row won twice in this category, first and third — for “Vegan Power: Vegan movement slowly gaining acceptance & converts in the Grand Valley” and “Living gluten-free in the Grand Valley.”
BEST FEATURE STORY
Row took third place for “Touched by suicide: Searching for hope after loss.”
BEST SUSTAINED COVERAGE
Row won third place for the following stories: “Avalon Theatre in peril;” “STALEMATE: No decision made on Avalon upgrades;” “City Council continues conversation on Avalon’s fate;” and “It’s a GO for the Avalon.”
BEST AGRICULTURE STORY
Row won first place for “Farming is his dream: 18-year-old honors his family roots with career in agriculture.”
Former Free Press staff writer Sharon Sullivan took second place for “Harvesting a livelihood — toll of crop freeze has affected local migrant farm workers and farmers.”
Sullivan placed second for “Air quality in the Grand Valley,” a four-part series.
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL STORY
Sullivan won twice in this category, first and third — “Check out these ‘Broads’!” and “Residents concerned about drilling proposal in Whitewater.”
BEST BUSINESS NEWS STORY
Sullivan took second place for “‘Buy-cott’ local businesses.”
BEST BUSINESS FEATURE STORY
Sullivan placed first for her story — “Independents vs. box stores: ‘Shop Local’ takes on new meaning.”
BEST SERIOUS COLUMN WRITING
Free Press music columnist Arn McConnell won third place for “A song of forgiveness.”
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