Steamboat Pilot & Today’s John F. Russell won first place for his photo, “Clouds,” during the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual awards banquet.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Pilot & Today’s John F. Russell won first place for his photo, “Clouds,” during the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual awards banquet.

Steamboat Pilot & Today wins 16 awards

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The Steamboat Pilot & Today won more than 16 awards during the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual awards banquet Friday in Denver.

Veteran reporter and photographer John Russell won four awards, including first-place plaques in the general news photo and photo portfolio categories. Reporter and photographer Matt Stensland also picked up four awards, including first place for a photo illustration that published with the Pilot & Today’s “SmartWool’s Ride” series.

Other first-place awards included former reporter Mike Lawrence’s beat coverage of the Brooks Kellogg murder-for-hire case, and breaking news coverage on SteamboatToday.com.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers in the industry for the work we do on a daily basis,” Pilot & Today Editor Brent Boyer said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard-working team of reporters, photographers, editors and designers who dedicate themselves to serving our community.”

The Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards contest is judged annually by Associated Press member newspapers in Pennsylvania. The Pilot & Today is judged against other Colorado newspapers with daily circulations of 15,000 or less.

Following is a complete list of Pilot & Today winners in the contest, which covered the period from Sept. 1, 2010, to Aug. 31, 2011.

First place

■ Mike Lawrence, beat reporting, “Steamboat developer Brooks Kellogg accused in murder-for-hire plot”

■ John Russell, general news photo, “Clouds”

■ Staff, online: breaking news, SteamboatToday.com

■ Matt Stensland, photo illustration, “SmartWool’s Ride”

■ John Russell, photo portfolio

Second place

■ Jack Weinstein, business story, “Green Rush: Entrepreneurs cash in on medical marijuana”

■ Nicole Miller, informational graphics

■ Mike Lawrence, investigative reporting, “Sweet Pea woes complex”

■ Staff, online: general excellence, SteamboatToday.com

■ Staff, online: special package, “USA Pro Cycling Challenge”

■ Jack Weinstein, Matt Stensland, John Russell and Nicole Miller, series, “Growing Pains: An examination of Colorado’s booming medical marijuana industry”

Third place

■ Nicole Inglis, feature story, “Incredible will to live”

■ John Russell, general news photo, “Zumba class”

■ Matt Stensland, portrait/personality photo, “Lopez”

■ Matt Stensland and Chris Woytko, series, “SmartWool’s Ride”

■ Luke Graham, sports column

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