Seven Deseret News journalists took home 11 awards in the recent Top of the Rockies journalism competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Deseret News earned four first-place, four second-place and three third-place awards in the regional competition for journalists in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming:
Reporter Elizabeth Stuart also won a first-place award in the law-and-order category for her story "Stolen innocence: the battle against modern-day slavery in the U.S."
Editorial writer Jay Evensen won third place for personal columns, for "It's now time for 'occupiers' to hit the road," "Warren Jeffs a monster, but popular culture not much better," "BYU 'honor' shocks nation that treasures wins," "Brandon Davies should have been story of the week," and "Is it OK to celebrate Osama bin Laden's death?"
Reporter Joey Ferguson took third place in the business general reporting category for his story "Genealogy: Expanding the family tree."