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MWH’s VanderLaan Named ‘Outstanding Woman in Business’
August 26, 2014, 7:58 am
Filed under: Awards

Congratulations to Meg VanderLaan, senior vice president and chief communications officer at MWH Global, who was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business. VanderLaan was recognized for her accomplishments in the Communication, Media and Public Relations category.



Womer Elected to PRSA College of Fellows
August 12, 2014, 7:59 am
Filed under: Awards

Congratulations to Kelly Womer of Linhart PR, who was elected to the PRSA College of Fellows. Womer joins such people as Sydney Ayers, Jane Dvorak, Gwinavere Johnston, Jeff Julin and Bob Schenkein as members of the “honorary organization within PRSA composed of more than 300 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.”



5280, Sanchez Win Big at CRMA Awards
July 11, 2014, 8:15 am
Filed under: 5280, Awards

Congratulations to 5280, which recently won three national City and Regional Magazine Awards, including the prestigious Excellence in Writing honor. 5280 bested larger publications in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the Excellence in Writing category, in the Reader Service category, and in the Writer of the Year category, which went to senior staff writer Robert Sanchez.



Broncos PR Staff Wins PFWA’s Rozelle Award
June 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Awards, Denver Broncos

Congratulations to Patrick Smyth and the Denver Broncos public relations staff, which was named the winner of the 2014 Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.



Saccomano Awarded DAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award
June 4, 2014, 3:42 pm
Filed under: Awards

Congratulations to former Denver Broncos Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano, who will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Denver Athletic Club’s 39th Annual Athlete of the Year Banquet tonight.



Linhart, Philosophy, CSG Big Winners at 2014 Gold Picks
May 9, 2014, 9:09 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

Linhart PR, Philosophy Communication and Communications Strategy Group were the big agency winners at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Picks awards event. Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (four points for the Grand Gold Pick, two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (17 points) – Seven gold, three silver
2. Philosophy (13 points) – One grand gold, two gold, five silver
3. CSG | PR (10 points) – Three gold, four silver
4. DStreet (6 points) – One gold, four silver
5. Weber Shandwick (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
6. CIG PR (4 points) – Two gold
6. Webb PR (4 points) – Four silver
7. Bawmann Group (1 point) – One silver
7. Blake Communications (1 point) – One silver
7. GroundFloor Media (1 point) – One silver
7. WildRock (1 point) – One silver

And the non-agency winners were:

1. Dish (6 points) – Two gold, two silver
2. Exclusive Resorts (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
3. DIA (4 points) – Two gold
4. Denver Art Museum (3 points) – One gold, one silver
4. Farm Credit (3 points) – One gold, one silver
6. CU Skaggs School (2 points) – One gold
6. Great Outdoors Colorado (2 points) – One gold
8. Arapahoe Library District (1 point) – One silver
8. City of Aurora (1 point) – One Silver
8. Colorado State University (1 point) – One silver
8. Kaiser Permanente (1 point) – One silver

Note: This list has been updated to reflect several non-agency winners that I inadvertently excluded.



CPR News Seeks Underwriter for Larger Trophy Case
May 2, 2014, 8:40 am
Filed under: Awards, Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Public Radio took home two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, bringing this year’s award count to 12. Other 2014 honors include four National Headliner Awards, four Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) Awards and two National Education Writers Association Awards:

  • “Colorado Matters” reporter and producer Lesley McClurg’s story “Flood leaves many Colo. immigrants homeless and paperless” won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best hard new reporting. It examined the devastating effects of last year’s flooding on Colorado’s immigrant population. 
  • “Colorado Matter” host Ryan Warner and CPR contributor David Hill’s story “Remembering John Denver, the singer who embodied Colorado” took home the regional Edward R. Murrow award for top news documentary. The story featured a retrospective examination of folk-singer John Denver who would have turned 70 last year. 
  • Education Reporter Jenny Brundin also received six awards this spring, including two National Education Writers Association Awards, two National Headliner Awards and two CBA Awards. Judged on seven different education stories, The National Education Writers Association awarded Brundin best broadcast beat reporting. Her report “DPS kids get away with death threats, fights and more, teachers say” examining discipline in Denver’s Public Schools placed third in the single-topic/feature category. Other award-winning stories by Brundin include “Students sway to saxophone during ‘silent’ lunch” and “How a student lost and found hope: Dajina Bell,” both receiving a CBA and a National Headliner Award. 
  • The CPR news team also picked up two awards for coverage of “Colorado’s 2013 flooding,” including second place in the breaking news/continuing coverage of a single event category from the National Headliner Awards, and a certificate of merit in best news coverage of a single event from the CBA. 
  • Coverage of the “March on Washington’s 50th Anniversary” produced by Warner, Brundin, “Colorado Matters” Senior Editor Elaine Grant and former Public Insight Network Reporter Lee Hill received first place in the best news special or public affairs program from the CBA. Three other editions of “Colorado Matters” also won first place in public affairs from the National Headliner Awards.




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