Denver Press Club to Honor Ann Curry with Prestigious Damon Runyon Award

DENVER – March 26, 2024 – Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement in Journalism 2022
Award winner Ann Curry named recipient of the Denver Press Club’s 30 th annual Damon Runyon
Award. Curry will be honored at a banquet on April 27, 2024 at the Curtis Hotel.

Curry, a former NBC Network news anchor and national and international correspondent, has
reported from conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Congo, the Central African
Republic, Kosovo, Serbia, Lebanon, and Israel; on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran
and on numerous humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Japan,
and the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter/X is credited for helping
to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes.

“Ann Curry is a legendary journalist who cut a trailblazing path from her first TV job in Medford,
Oregon onto the national stage,” shared Kevin Vaughan former president Denver Press Club
Board of Directors and chair of the Damon Runyon selection committee. “Her groundbreaking
work reporting around the globe bringing unique and needed stories to us has truly defined a
professional life lived in the mold of Damon Runyon. I know it will be a special night on April 27
when she joins the who’s who of previous honorees of the Denver Press Club. It’s a tribute that’s
richly deserved.”

In addition to receiving recognition for a her exclusive and news breaking interviews, Curry is also
known for her focused reporting from inside Iran, giving voice to its women, human rights activists and
young people, including Green Revolution activists. She also first broke the news of Iran's interest in
negotiating a nuclear agreement with the outside world. 

The Banquet will include dinner, remarks from Curry, recognition of the 2024 Denver Press Club
scholarship winners and the presentation of the Al Nakula Award for Police Reporting. The event
is the club’s primary fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the preservation of the club (which will
celebrate 200 years in 2025) and scholarships for college journalism students at Colorado

The award is named after legendary journalist Damon Runyon, who grew up in Colorado,
working at The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain news before moving to New York City to work
for Hearst newspapers. A collection of his stories “Guys and Dolls” were turned into a Broadway
musical and a movie.

Tickets and table purchases are available at The event is made
possible through the generosity of Xcel Energy, Arrow Electronics, Verizon, AAA Colorado, Sage
Hospitality, The Colorado Sun and Colorado Springs Gazette.
The Denver Press Club is the oldest press club in the United States. Denver journalists first
met as “a press club” in 1867 and incorporated as “the Denver Press Club” in 1877.


Alby Segall | Executive Director

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Photo by Antoine Sanfuentes

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