The Colorado Springs weekly tied with three other papers for the highest number of awards won. The LA Weekly, SF Weekly and Orlando Weekly also received five awards each in the annual contest sponsored by the 126-member organization.
Here's what the Independent won:
Sean Cayton took first place in photography for "Fallen Soldiers," a photo essay of 10 memorial services of Fort Carson soldiers who had died since the war in Iraq officially ended last April. The essay was published Nov. 27.
Reporter Terje Langeland won a second-place citation in the in-depth news story category for his Nov. 13 cover piece "The best council money can buy." The story presented in stark detail how local developers and builders filled the campaign coffers of every sitting member of the Colorado Springs City Council -- and how those same developers are now reaping the benefits of having their allies in office.
Langeland won third place in the in-depth news story category for his April 10 cover story "Stinging back," a story about Attorney General John Ashcroft's crackdown on five Cuban men who were convicted of spying -- but who claim they were fighting terrorism.
Langeland also picked up a second-place award in religion reporting for his July 17 story "Roadblock to Peace," which detailed how evangelical Christian Zionists in Colorado are impacting peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.
Editor Cara DeGette won an honorable mention in personal column writing for Public Eye, a weekly column that focuses on local politics and the media.
All of the winning stories can be read online at www.csindy.com.