The editorial staff of the Colorado Springs Business Journal won 18 awards — seven firsts, five seconds and six thirds — Friday evening at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Top of the Rockies awards ceremony.

The regional contest covered Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, and the awards ceremony was hosted by SPJ’s Colorado pro chapter at the Denver Press Club. The Business Journal competed in a class that included all daily and weekly newspapers of up to 10,000 circulation.

Each of the Business Journal’s reporters was recognized, as well as others on the editorial staff. Below is a list of the winners and their awards.

Reporter Bryan Grossman won:

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– first place in spot news photography;

– first place in general news reporting;

– first place in environmental general reporting;

– second place in sports general reporting;

– second place in business general reporting;

– third place in sports general reporting; and

– third place in news photography.

Reporter Cameron Moix won:

– first place in science enterprise reporting;

– first place in sports photography; and

– second place in sports enterprise reporting.

Reporter and columnist John Hazlehurst won:

– third place in news columns; and

– third place in investigative enterprise reporting.

Designer Ryan Hannigan won:

– third place in front page design.

Executive Editor Ralph Routon won:

– first place in news columns;

– first place in sports columns; and

– third place in editorials.

Associate Editor Marija B. (Mary) Vader won:

– second place in legal general reporting.

Grossman and Vader shared second place for a general reporting series, for which they shared a byline.

In the category of between 30,000 and 75,000-circulation newspapers, Routon and Hazlehurst each won awards for their columns published in the Colorado Springs Independent.

Routon won third for sports column writing and Hazlehurst won third for news column writing.


  1. Congratulations for all those awards. But Mr. Routon needs to step up in editorial writing to show his staff the way to greatness.

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