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 27, 2024 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, CO.
2024 Damon Runyon Award Honoree
Ann Curry has been a reporter for more than 45 years, focused on human suffering in war zones and covering natural disasters.
Her work has included reporting from war zones in Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, Darfur, and the Central African Republic in addition to covering the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
She was also an anchor at large and co-anchor for NBC’s Today Show.