Newscaster picks up 14 awards from the Associated Press
When behind the microphone, Ron Milhorn has plenty to say, but when it comes to the spotlight, the news and sports reporter’s humble demeanor speaks volumes.Milhorn, who works for KMTS/KGLN in Glenwood Springs, was honored over the weekend with 14 awards from the Associated Press for work done in 2005. KMTS competes in the small market category that includes stations in Pueblo, Grand Junction and Durango.”News is something that I take seriously, and I’ve been fortunate to work for a station that’s dedicated to news,” he said.For news, Milhorn won first place awards for documentary, investigative reporting on Rifle’s drinking water problems, the noon newscast and spot news for a story on former district attorney Colleen Truden’s spending habits.Milhorn was recognized in several categories, including sports, where he and broadcasting partner Jack Jabbour – a former teacher in the region and sports writer for the Glenwood Post – have become known as the voice of Glenwood Springs High School football, basketball and baseball. Milhorn and Jabbour also do coverage for some Roaring Fork and Rifle high school sporting events.Milhorn won three sports awards including first place for coverage of the Roaring Fork-Denver Christian state championship basketball game in 2005.”Sports and play-by-play is a real fun release,” said Milhorn, who’s been broadcasting games since 1999. But he wasn’t sure he wanted to do it at first.”They asked me to do the girls’ district tournament in Rifle,” he said. “I wasn’t too excited about it, but (the Rifle gymnasium) was rocking, and everybody was really into it, and then I was hooked. I’m just a fan wearing a headset.”Milhorn, who graduated from the University of Southern California, came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1996, and joined KMTS in 1999.He said one of his favorite broadcasts from 2005 was for a feature on the late country singer Chris LeDoux that garnered a first-place award.”I got to know him because he kicked off our music series one year, so it was nice to do a story on him,” Milhorn said.Milhorn admits that being a one-man news operation is difficult, but it’s also rewarding. He said that his greatest highlight as a newscaster came back in 2002 with the Coal Seam Fire.”That’s every newscaster’s dream to cover something like that. I still get comments to this day,” he said.He said he relishes his role every day.”It’s enjoyable and rewarding. I’m very fortunate to be doing what I do.”
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