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DENVER - At the 2011 Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards luncheon Saturday at The Golden Hotel in Golden, CO, 9NEWS dominated the afternoon, capturing 12 first place and three second place awards in fifteen categories, including Best Evening and Morning Newscasts, Investigative Reporting and Best Website.

9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta said, "It is nice to see the broad range of categories in which our team was recognized by the Associated Press. This speaks to the quality, consistency and culture of our 9NEWS team and organization lead by our Vice President and News Director, Patti Dennis."

9NEWS also won the inaugural awards in three new categories including Best Reporter (Cheryl Preheim), Best Station Photojournalism and Best Producer.

Patti Dennis added, "The Associated Press is the nation's oldest news agency. To continue to be awarded for outstanding journalism and service to our viewers is certainly something we cherish. It proves again that strong, investigative, thoughtful reporting is important in today's multi-channel, multi-media society."

AP broadcast members from Illinois judged the Colorado entries. A complete list of 9NEWS winners appears below.

DOCUMENTARY

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Will Ripley, Corky Scholl: "Border Battle"

SECOND PLACE: KUSA-TV, Chris Vanderveen, Dave Delozier, John Kuhrt: "Return To Pearl"

EVENING NEWSCAST

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Will Swope, Mark Yoder, Jerry Vancini

FEATURE REPORTING

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Cheryl Preheim - 9NEWS, Anne Herbst - Denver Post: "Adde's Soldier"

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Jeremy Jojola, Anna Hewson, Nicole Vap: "E470 Tolls"

MORNING NEWSCAST

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Jack Maher, Stephanie Collins, Lawrence Gibbs

BEST PRODUCER

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Will Swope

BEST REPORTER

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Cheryl Preheim

SPORTS SPECIAL

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Heidi McGuire, Susie Wargin, Matt Renoux, Gregg Moss: "USA Pro Cycling Challenge"

SPORTSCAST

SECOND PLACE: KUSA-TV, Drew Soicher

SPOT NEWS COVERAGE

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, 9News Staff: "Burning Tree Fire"

BEST STATION PHOTOJOURNALISM

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, 9News Photojournalist Staff: "A Legacy of Excellence"

WEATHERCAST

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, Kathy Sabine

WEB SITE

FIRST PLACE: KUSA-TV, 9News Web Team

OUTSTANDING NEWS OPERATION

SECOND PLACE: KUSA-TV, 9News Staff

This article was originally published on May 15, 2012.

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