Denver The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the top overall newspaper in the state in its circulation category Saturday during the annual Colorado Press Association Convention at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.
The newspaper won the General Excellence Award for newspapers with circulations between 7,500 and 15,000. The Pilot & Today also won sweepstakes awards in the advertising and photo and design categories. The Aspen Times won the sweepstakes award in the editorial category.
In addition to the sweepstakes honors, the Pilot & Today won two Best of Show awards, which are given to the top overall projects in the state regardless of circulation size. Pilot & Today publisher Bryna Larsen won Best of Show - Advertising for her 2006 Tour de France promotion. News editor Meg Wortman won Best of Show - Design for the newspaper's "On A Mission" project that followed a group of local volunteers during their recovery efforts in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
The Rocky Mountain News' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Final Salute" special section won the only other Best of Show awards, in the editorial and photo categories.
"I am so proud of the work that our staff does every day," Larsen said. "To be recognized on a state level with newspapers such as the Rocky Mountain News makes me realize that what we give our readers in Steamboat Springs and Routt County on a daily basis is extraordinary given the size of our paper."
"We truly have been able to recruit some of the finest journalists, designers and salespeople in the state, and that's evident in the awards we received" Saturday.
Other first-place winners for the Pilot & Today were: Tom Ross, news story; Mike Lawrence, education story; Wortman, news page design; staff, special section; staff, public service; Tyler Arroyo and Ross, picture-story combo; staff, series; advertising staff, advertising special section; Deb Proper and Andrew Bisbee, advertising campaign; Larsen and John Boyan, circulation promotion; Christy Woodland, Boyan and Melanie Handl, automotive ad; Karen Gilchrist and Handl, real estate ad.
Second-place winners were: Jayme Elrod, news page design; Wortman, informational graphic; Laura Soard and Sarah Steneman, classified page or section; Larsen and Boyan, newspaper promotion; Steve Balgenorth, circulation promotion; and Gilchrist and Boyan, real estate ad.
Third-place winners were: Elrod, informational graphic; staff, editorial layout and design; staff, sustained coverage; Melinda Mawdsley, sports event story; Shelly Bisbee, black and white ad; Kerry Crimmins and Handl, advertising campaign; Samantha Johnston, newspaper promotion; and Fran Reinier and ad staff, ad layout and design.
The Pilot & Today also was recognized for its Web site, steamboatpilot.com. The Web site was named the top daily newspaper Web site in the community category. The site also won second place in the content and design categories.
The Pilot & Today's sister newspapers, the Craig Daily Press and the Hayden Valley Press, also won General Excellence awards in their circulation classes. WorldWest LLC owns all three newspapers.