Damon Runyon Award

The Damon Runyon Award has been presented annually by the historic Denver Press Club each spring since 1994.

The award is named after Damon Runyon, a legendary journalist who grew up in Colorado, worked at The Denver Post and Pueblo Chieftain, and became a member of the Press Club in 1907.

Runyon later went on to fame and glory in New York City as a columnist for Hearst newspapers. He is best-known for a collection of stories called “Guys and Dolls,” which later turned into a Broadway musical and a movie.

The Runyon Award banquet is the major fundraiser of the historic club, which is the oldest in the nation. Proceeds go toward the club’s historic preservation and five scholarships for $1500 and one — the John C. Ensslin Memorial Scholarship — for $3,000. The scholarships are reserved for college journalists from universities in Colorado.

This year’s Damon Runyon Award ceremony will be April 22, 2022. Find more details here.

Damon Runyon Award Honorees

Eugene Robinson (2022)

Eugene Robinson (2022)

Associate Editor and Columnist for The Washington Post
and Commentator for MSNBC

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Robinson graduated from Orangeburg High School – one of a small number of Black students at what had been an all-White school. At the University of Michigan, he was co-editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily.

He began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle, where one of his early assignments was coverage of the kidnapping of publishing heiress Patricia Hearst.

Robinson has been at The Washington Post since 1980. He has been a city hall reporter, assistant city editor, city editor, foreign editor, assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section, and associate editor. He served as The Post’s South America correspondent, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1988 to 1992, and as the paper’s London bureau chief from 1992 to 1994. He has been writing his column for the op-ed page since 2005.

Robinson won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his “eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.”

He is the author of three books: Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race; Last Dance in Havana; and Disintegration, The Splintering of Black America.

Robinson is married, has two sons, and lives in Virginia.

Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff

2020

Managing Editor and Anchor for PBS NewsHour

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

2019

Reporter and Editor at The Washington Post

Marty Baron

Marty Baron

2018

Executive Editor of the Washington Post

David Simon

David Simon

2017

Creator of HBO's The Wire.

Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

2016

Former editor of The New York Times

Norm Clarke

Norm Clarke

2015

Longtime Rocky Mountain News and Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist

Katie Couric

Katie Couric

2014

Former CBS News Anchor

Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica

2013

New York Daily News Columnist

Frank Deford

Frank Deford

2012

Sportswriter / NPR Sports Commentator

Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

P.J. O'Rourke

P.J. O'Rourke

2010

Journalist and political satirist

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

2009

Sportswriter

Tim Russert

Tim Russert

2008

Former Meet the Press anchor on NBC.

Bob Costas

Bob Costas

2007

NBC Sports and Olympics anchor

George Will

George Will

2006

Columnist for The Washington Post

Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh

2005

Journalist for The New Yorker and the London Review of Books

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

2004

Columnist for the Miami Herald and Tribune Content Agency.

Ed Bradley

Ed Bradley

2003

Correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes.

David Halberstam

David Halberstam

2002
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and historian

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw

2001

Former NBC Nightly News Anchor

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd

2000

Columnist for The New York Times

Ted Turner

Ted Turner

1999

Founder of CNN

Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill

1998

Former columnist and editor of the New York Daily News and the New York Post

Herb Caen

Herb Caen

1996
Humorist and journalist

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins

1996
Columnist and author

Mike Royko

Mike Royko

1995
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist

Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin

1994
Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author