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KUER Brings Home Multiple Awards From The Colorado Pro Chapter — Society of Professional Journalists Competition

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KUER brought home three first place, three second place and one third place win in the the Colorado Pro Chapter — Society of Professional Journalists Competition. The region includes journalists from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

State Street received a first place award for podcasts, and Lexi Peery secured a first place award for her work on the story about the Manti Temple Renovation. Sent Away also received a first place award for its investigative podcast on the troubled teen industry in Utah.

Second place wins include Sonja Hutson’s story about Utah’s tech industry, Jon Reed’s piece about the Webb Telescope and Lexi Peery, Tim Slover, Renee Bright and Elaine Clark for their work on how target shooting causes wildfires.

KUER also took home two third place wins: one in the illustration category for Renee Bright’s work on climate reporting and one for the KUER newsroom’s work on the Utah climate crisis.

View the full list of KUER’s awards below, or check out the full list of regional winners.

First place
State Street
Reporters: Sonja Hutson, Emily Means, Caroline Ballard, Chelsea Naughton, Roddy Nikpour, Elaine Clark, Renee Bright

First Place
Sent Away
Reporters: Jessica Miller, David Fuchs, Will Craft, Curtis Gilbert as part of an investigative partnership between KUER, The Salt Lake Tribune and APM Reports

Religion Feature
First Place 
Locals Weigh Historic Preservation And Modernization As Manti Temple Faces Renovation
Reporter: Lexi Peery

Politics Feature
Second Place 
Utah’s Tech Industry is Growing. Its Lobbyists Say Utah Needs Socially Progressive Laws To Keep It Going.
Reporter: Sonja Hutson

Science and Technology Feature 
Second Place
Utah scientists play key roles in the Webb Telescope, before and after launch
Reporter: Jon Reed

Multimedia Story
Second Place
From Finger To The Flame: How Target Shooting Cause Wildfires
Reporters: Lexi Peery, Tim Slover, Renee Bright, Elaine Clark

Third Place
How Can Your Voice Be Heard In Utah Politics?
Illustrator: Renee Bright

Climate Reporting
Third Place
Utah and the Climate Crisis
Reporters: Pamela McCall, Lexi Peery, Jon Reed, Ivana Martinez, Caroline Ballard, Sonja Hutson, Emily Means, Renee Bright, Edgar Zúñiga, Elaine Clark, Ross Terrell

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