Denver Press Club's Damon Runyon Award

Norm Clarke | 2015 Runyon winner

DENVER, November 30, 2014 — The Denver Press Club (DPC) Board of Directors has named famed gossip columnist and news reporter Norm Clarke as the recipient of the 21st Annual Damon Runyon Award.

Clarke will accept the award at a banquet in his honor on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Clarke is THE man to read in Las Vegas, as he covers all the hot news about entertainers, hotels, casinos and big shots that make Las Vegas such a dynamic city.

The Montana native started as a sportswriter and later joined The Associated Press in Cincinnati. He was AP’s coordinator of coverage for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in 1984. He joined the Rocky Mountain News in 1984 and broke the story that Denver and Miami were being awarded National League expansion franchises. In 1978, Clarke was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, along with the coverage team he headed, for the Willow Island (Va.) disaster.

After 15 years at the Rocky Mountain News, Clarke took his man-about-town column to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 1999.

Tickets cost $115 each and can be purchased online at under April 24. Tickets cost $90 each for members of the Denver Press Club, Denver Woman's Press Club, Colorado Press Women, the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists and the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Sponsor tables of 10 cost $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver) and $1,000 (bronze). Contact Mark Stutz ( regarding tables.

This event is open to everyone. In addition, DPC offers a $25 ticket to attend the VIP reception at the club from 5-6 p.m.

Each year, the club presents the Runyon award to a journalist whose work best exemplifies the vivid writing style of Damon Runyon, an early member of the Denver Press Club in 1906-07.

Runyon wrote for The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News before going on to fame and glory in New York City as one of the best-read columnists of his day. His collection of short stories, “Guys and Dolls,” later became the basis for the famous musical.

Previous recipients of the award include Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, Herb Caen, Pete Hamill, Ted Turner, Maureen Dowd, Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, Ed Bradley, Carl Hiaasen, Seymour Hersh, George Will, Bob Costas, Tim Russert, Rick Reilly, P.J. O’Rourke, Anna Quindlen, Mike Lupica, Frank Deford and Katie Couric.

For more information, contact Bruce Goldberg at 303-369-4088.

About the Denver Press Club

Founded in 1867, the Denver Press Club is the oldest press club in the United States. With almost 400 members from the media and many other professions, the DPC has become a home for author bookings, leading political discussions, entertainment and networking. Each year, the club hosts more than 100 events, including the club’s signature Damon Runyon Award, Gridiron Show and Hall of Fame presentations. The club’s unique landmarked building and history-laden atmosphere is a highly sought-after venue and is regularly rented for media events, business meetings, seminars, networking events and wedding receptions. To learn more about the club, visit

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