Damon Runyon Award

The Damon Runyon Award has been presented annually by the historic Denver Press Club each spring since 1991.

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.

Damon Runyon Award Honorees

Judy Woodruff (2020)

Judy Woodruff (2020)

PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor

Woodruff graudated from Duke University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She stared her reporting career in Atlanta in 1970 at the CBS affiliate, then joined NBC in 1975 to work as a general assignment reporter in Atlanta. In 1977, she moved to Washington, D.C., to become an NBC White House correspondent, covering the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. 

Woodruff then moved to PBS, working there from 1983-1993 as the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour while also anchoring “Frontline with Judy Woodruff” from 1984-1990. 

In 1993, she jumped to CNN, where she worked for 12 years, anchoring the program “Inside Politics.” She returned to the NewsHour in 2007. In 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national broadcast before Ifill’s death in 2016.

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

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Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica

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Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

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P.J. O'Rourke

P.J. O'Rourke

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Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

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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

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

1997

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins

1996

Mike Royko

Mike Royko

1995

Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin

1994