CENTENNIAL, Colo. – March 27, 2012 –  Colorado Public Radio’s (CPR) news team was recently recognized with four awards at the Colorado Broadcasters Association 2011 Awards of Excellence.  

“CPR prides itself on delving more deeply into local news and community issues that matter to Coloradans,” said CPR News Director Kelley Griffin. “It’s an honor for our journalists to be recognized for the high-quality news reporting they work so hard to deliver.”

CPR was honored for:

-Best News Feature Report or Series: News Host and Reporter Pat Mack’s inspiring feature, "Beginning a Summer Tradition," explains how a weekly baseball game unites the homeless, volunteers and neighbors in a Denver neighborhood.

- Best Single Event News Coverage: "Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 First Responders," by General Assignment Reporter Ben Markus tells the moving story of how Denver firefighters were the first to hike up 110 stories in full gear to honor the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. Now, there are 55 similar climbs all over the world involving almost 15,000 firefighters. 

- Best News Special or Public Affairs Program: The July 27 edition of CPR’s daily interview program, "Colorado Matters," focuses on the story of Sharletta Evans who hopes to meet her son’s murderer one day. The program also includes a conversation with Rob Schwimmer, one of the world’s few professional theremin players. “Colorado Matters” is hosted by Ryan Warner and produced by Andrea Dukakis, Zachary Barr and David Fender.

- Certificate of Merit Mini Series or Documentary: "Thirsty Cities" by General Assignment Reporter Megan Verlee is a two-part series on the movement of Colorado water from farms to cities. The series examines how farmers in Eastern Colorado are trying a new approach to keep most of their land growing crops while still supplying urban water needs. Part One: http://www.cpr.org/#load_article|Thirsty_Cities_Dry_Farms_pt_1__Buy_and_Dry and Part Two: http://www.cpr.org/#load_article|Thirsty_Cities_Dry_Farms_pt_2__Super_Ditch.

Find biographical information for CPR's news team.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 475,000 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