5280 Receives Fourth National Magazine Award Nomination

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For the fourth time in five years, Denver’s 5280 is a finalist for a National Magazine Award, widely regarded as the Pulitzer Prize equivalent for magazines.

5280 was honored in the Personal Service category for “Low on O2,” a comprehensive look by Lindsey B. Koehler and Natasha Gardner on the effects of living at high altitude, which appeared in the magazine’s October 2009 issue. The category’s other finalists are Wired, Men’s Health, New York, and Parents. The winner will be announced April 22 at the Lincoln Center in New York.

One of a select few smaller magazines to be named a finalist in this year’s National Magazine Awards, 5280’s four nominations since 2005 is exceeded among city and regional magazines by only New York, Los Angeles, and Texas Monthly.

‘”Low on O2’ is the kind of story that our readers can only get from 5280,” said Daniel Brogan, the magazine’s editor and publisher. “We remain committed to bringing Denver the kind of journalism that is every bit as good as what you’ll find in the country’s very best magazines. We’re thrilled to have that commitment recognized by our peers.”

The National Magazine Award nomination is just the latest in a series of honors the magazine has received this year. 5280 received five award nominations from the City and Regional Magazine Association earlier this month. Nomination categories include Writer of the Year (Robert Sanchez), Photo Essay (“The Forgotten Plains,” by Jefferson Panis), Reader Service (“Snow Business,” edited by Lindsey B. Koehler), E-newsletter (“Table Talk,” by Amanda Faison), and Community Service Project (Single in the City event).

In addition, 5280 received three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies regional journalism contest. A first-time entrant into this contest, 5280 received first place honors for Sports Feature (“This is Ted Johnson’s Brain,” by Robert Sanchez) and Legal Affairs Reporting (“The Politics of Killing,” by Patrick Doyle and Natasha Gardner), and second place for News Feature (“All The News That’s Fit To Be Killed,” by Maximillian Potter).

“It’s a real honor to come to work every day with a team that has the talent and breadth that we have at 5280," Brogan said.

About 5280
Celebrating 17 years as Denver’s Magazine, 5280 is the essential guide to local issues, dining, arts, entertainment, and living well in the Mile High City. Founded in 1993, 5280 is now the largest local magazine in Colorado. It has higher market penetration than any other city magazine in America, and regularly outsells such national titles as Time, People, Oprah, and Martha Stewart Living on local newsstands.

The magazine's stories often make national headlines, and since 2005 5280 has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. 5280 supports a wide variety of civic, cultural, and philanthropic organizations and is one of the nation's greenest magazines, having printed on recycled paper for more than 10 years. More information about the magazine can be found at 5280.com.

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