The 21st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet is set for Sept. 9, 2016. The veritable Who’s Who of Denver Journalism will be honored when the Denver Press Club inducts 5 journalists to the list of 93 previous recipients. Honored for their stellar careers as well as service to the club, the honorees include:6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner: The DPC will host the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet
Strong Turnout for 21st Annual Hall of Fame
Many thanks to the more than 90 people who came to Saturday's 21st Annual Hall of Fame dinner honoring Floyd Ciruli, Patti Dennis, Dave Krieger, Carl Miller and Mary Chase. It was a lovely, lively affair, and the turnout was a testament to this year's talented and dedicated honorees and their contributions to journalism and the Club.
The evening couldn't have gone so smoothly without the hard work of club manager Raines Guinn, and bartenders Jennifer Pullen and Mark Cunningham. Thank you!
Political pollster Floyd Ciruli; Patti Dennis, vice president, news and talent development for Gannett (owner of 9News); Carl Miller, a Denver Post alumnus and former regional director of government relations for Anthem Club Cross Blue Shield of Colorado; and Dave Krieger, former reporter and columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post who today is an editorial writer for the Boulder Daily Camera. They join the late Mary Chase, known for writing the play titled "Harvey."
Vincent Carroll, Floyd Ciruli and Tom Nussbaum. Photo by Lynn Bartels.
FLOYD CIRULI, ONE OF 5 HONOREES
Ciruli founded Ciruli Associates, a consulting firm for public policy, in 1985. He has been the preeminent pollster in Colorado, and Ciruli's research has been invaluble to school districts, public officials, candidates and political reporters looking for the next big thing.
Dennis has scaled the heights in a male-dominated field, serving as the longtime news director of 9News before her recent Gannett promotion. Her leadership in the newsroom helped keep KUSA-Channel 9 on top of the ratings for many years, with staffers winning numerous Emmys.
Miller made his bones as a journalist, covering Denver and Colorado for The Denver Post, where he became one of the paper's top political journalists, serving as Capital Bureau reporter, editor and political columnist. He later served as regional director of government relations for Anthem.
Krieger's sports coverage helped familiarize Denver's rabid fans with stars such as John Elway, Doug Moe, Todd Helton and Patrick Roy. He was a city hall reporter in New England and at the Cincinnati Enquirer before joining the Rocky Mountain News in the 1980s.
Chase began writing plays in the 1930s while working for newspapers and doing publicity work for the Teamsters. She struck gold in 1948 when "Harvey" opened on Broadway in New York City. The play -- the story of a tipsy eccentric named Elwood P. Dowd and his pal, an invisible, 6-foot-1 rabbit -- won a Pulitzer Prize.
6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner: The DPC will host the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
DPC Radio Interviews Hall of Fame Inductee
Click here to listen to the next installment of Denver Press Club Radio, which features an interview with Patti Dennis, inductee into the Press Club's Hall of Fame. A former news director for KUSA-Channel 9, Dennis currently is Vice President for news, talent development and recruiting for TEGNA Inc., which owns KUSA and other stations. In this podcast, Dennis talks about her 38 years in broadcast news, how the industry is changing and what qualities she looks for in journalists today.