The Denver Post received top awards for general excellence and in numerous other categories for large newspapers in the 2018 contests sponsored by the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters and Colorado Press Association. In addition to the general excellence award, The Post won sweepstakes awards for editorial and photography and design from the CPA.

Among the work most frequently recognized by judges was The Post’s “Shrouded Justice” project by David Migoya. The stories explored the extent to which judges’ orders keep cases hidden from public view.

Awards were given April 12 and 13.

For the children on the property, ...
Joe Amon, The Denver Post
For the children on the property, most days can be magical. Lakota Douglas, left, and Makayla Davis walk under a rainbow with the morning sun shining on them at the start of a beautiful day, July 29, 2017, near Hooper. (From a story about off-grid life for a family in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, part of Joe Amon’s photography portfolio awarded first place by CPA)

First place awards from CAPER:

General Excellence

Headline Writing: Dale Ulland

Business Story: “Lehman Collapse Reshaped Colorado Economy, for Better and Worse,” Aldo Svaldi

Informational Graphic: Jeff Neumann

Investigative Reporting:  “Shrouded Justice,” David Migoya

Online Special Package: “State of Marijuana”

Sports Column: Mark Kiszla

Sports Story: “An Oral History of Unlikely Broncos Running Back Phillip Lindsay,” Kyle Fredrickson

First place awards from the CPA:

Editorial Sweepstakes
Photography and Design Sweepstakes
General Excellence

Best of Show – Editorial:  “Shrouded Justice,” David Migoya

Best Photography Portfolio: Joe Amon

Best Cover Design: Denver Post Broncos Book, Jeff Neumann

Best Photo Slideshow or Gallery: “West is still wild,”  Helen Richardson

Best News Story: “It wasn’t his ashes,” John Ingold

Best Photo Essay: “A week with Colorado Task Force 1,” RJ Sangosti

Public Service: “Shrouded Justice,” David Migoya

Best Informational Graphic: “How Colorado has voted in presidential elections” and Colorado wildfires map, Kevin Hamm

Best Sustained Coverage: “New Years Eve ambush,” staff

Best Investigative Story Package: “Shrouded Justice,” David Migoya

Best Education Story: “Colorado public schools are paying millions to settle lawsuits,” Christopher N. Osher

Best Editorial Writing: Megan Schrader

Best Feature Story: “It still resonates: 20 years after Matthew Shepard’s murder, his parents continue their work as LGBTQ activists,” Elise Schmelzer

Best feature Photograph: “Valentine’s Day Dance,” Helen Richardson

Best Sports Photograph: “Tearful victory,” Helen Richardson

Best Sports Story: “Allegations of abuse against ex-boys basketball coach John Anderson have divided the community of Golden,” Kyle Newman

Best Agriculture story: “Vanishing Rio Grande puts pressure on San Luis Valley farmers,”  Bruce Finley

Best Story/Picture Combination: “Life off the grid,” Tom McGhee, Joe Amon, Maggie Andresen

Best Series: Shrouded Justice, David Migoya