CENTENNIAL, Colo. – May 16, 2012 –  Colorado Public Radio's news team won first place in the feature reporting category and second place in the general reporting category in the 2011 Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association Contest.

“Colorado Matters” Host Ryan Warner won first place for feature reporting for “Here's What Happened - 'Frostbitten'.” The story is of a young woman, her husband, father-in-law and dog, who got lost while hiking and were caught in a sudden spring storm. “Here’s What Happened” is a weekly storytelling series where listeners share unforgettable experiences.    

Reporter Zachary Barr won second place in the general reporting category for his story “A Really Good Nightmare,” which details Itchy-O, a 30-person Denver marching band that crashes events and unleashes its unique style of loud music.

“Colorado is home to many outstanding journalists, so it’s an incredible honor to have our news team recognized for their hard work,” said CPR News Director Kelley Griffin. “It’s always gratifying to realize we’re fulfilling our mission of providing informative and entertaining news that matters to Coloradans.”

Find biographical information for CPR's news team at www.cpr.org

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 460,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, 2011). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations.

News: Denver 90.1 FM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

Classical Music: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

OpenAir: Denver 1340 AM. Online at www.openaircpr.org