Awards & Honors
The Las Vegas Sun has received numerous accolades from a variety of media organizations in the paper’s history, including taking top honors in 2010 in nationally prestigious competitions for online, print and broadcast journalism. In 2009, the Sun won the Pulitzer Prize.
Some of our recent awards are listed below.
The Nevada Press Association honored Greenspun Media Group with 126 awards, including 54 first-place plaques, making GMG the most decorated media group in the state.
The sites, lasvegasweekly.com and vegasinc.com, were awarded EPPYs in the categories of Best Entertainment Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors and Best Business/Finance Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors, respectively.
Four Greenspun Media Group publications — the Sun, Las Vegas Weekly, VEGAS INC and Las Vegas Magazine — garnered 96 awards — including 46 first-place journalism honors, more than any other media company in Nevada.
Lasvegassun.com won two first-place honors in the prestigious EPPY Awards for “Grace Through Grief.” The series was named best news or event feature on a website with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors, tying with the Boston Globe’s collection of content stemming from the Boston Marathon bombing, and was honored for best use of photography on a website with more than 1 million monthly visitors. The relaunch of lasvegasweekly.com was named the best redesign among websites with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors.
'Grace Through Grief' recognized as feature projects
“Grace Through Grief,” was a finalist for an Online Journalism Award for feature projects. The award, given by the Online News Association and the School of Communication at the University of Miami, honor the best in online news from around the world.
Best News Story: Online Media for MGM fire anniversary
The Sun's special package on the 32nd anniversary of the fatal MGM Grand fire was named the best news story: online media in the annual International Association of Fire Fighters media awards.
The National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry, named LasVegasSun.com the best newspaper website in the nation.
Three Greenspun Media Group publications — the Sun, Las Vegas Weekly and VEGAS INC, received a combined 94 awards in the annual journalism competition that honors the best in the business. Awards included best story of the year for “The Turnaround: Inside Clark County Schools."
Sun's website recognized in international contest
The Las Vegas Sun website was a finalist for three EPpy awards from Editor and Publisher: one for best sports website, one for best home page, and one for best entertainment blog for the Kats Report. In addition, the Las Vegas Weekly was a finalist for best entertainment website and VEGAS INC was a finalist for best business/finance website.
'Turnaround' recognized for online news reporting
“The Turnaround: Inside Clark County Schools" was named as a finalist for an Online Journalism Award for topical reporting. The awards, given by the Online News Association and the School of Communication at the University of Miami, honor the best in online news from around the world.
The Las Vegas Sun website received two EPpy awards from Editor and Publisher: one for best community service on a media-affiliated website and one for best enterprise feature on a website. EPpy awards were also given to Greenspun Media Group for the Las Vegas Weekly as best entertainment website and VEGAS INC as best business/finance website.
The Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards selected "Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas" as the winner in the premier category, investigative reporting, "for lifting the veil of secrecy around widespread medical errors and infections contracted at local hospitals."
The Nevada Press Association honored the Las Vegas Sun with 34 awards, including 15 first-place prizes involving investigative projects, feature writing, opinions and design, as well as for serving the community and upholding freedom of the press.
The Las Vegas Sun in December won a national broadcast journalism award for "Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas", becoming the first print-based news organization to receive the award for multimedia storytelling. The Sun was one of 13 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Other winners include CBS News' "60 Minutes," ABC News' "20/20," BBC News America, PBS' "Frontline" and National Public Radio.
In July,"Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas" was named "best multimedia storytelling among newspapers" from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.
In October, Sun earned several awards from the Online News Association, an international organization that presents annual awards to honor online journalism and multimedia storytelling. LasVegasSun.com was awarded top honors for General Excellence in Online Journalism, medium site, making it the third year in a row the site has won the award. The Sun and Greenspun Media Group also received an award for Online Video Journalism, Medium Site, for the three-part series Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas, which was also a finalist for ONA's award for Outstanding Use of Digital Technologies, Professional. The Sun was also a finalist for two other ONA awards, The Knight Award for Public Service and the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Large Site, for the in-depth health care series Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas.
In June, LasVegasSun.com was honored as the best news website in its size class by Editor & Publisher magazine. LasVegasSun.com won three top prizes and was a finalist in four other categories in the 2010 EPpy Awards, the premier international awards for media-affiliated websites and blogs. The newspaper's sister publication, Las Vegas Weekly, won an EPpy for Best Regional Magazine-Affiliated Website.
Stories about troubled CityCenter and about what lessons recession-slammed Las Vegas can learn from the Rust Belt have been named as among the best examples of business writing in the nation in 2009 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Marshall Allen won first place in the health care beat reporting category in a national competition sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists.
The Sun also won second place in the National Headliner Awards in the "Journalistic Innovation" category, recognizing the success of Sun print and online journalists in producing the multimedia project "Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas."
The Las Vegas Sun on the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service — journalism's most prestigious award — for its investigation of construction deaths on the Las Vegas Strip and the failures of government, management and labor unions to protect workers. Judges singled out Sun staff writer Alexandra Berzon for "courageous reporting" in persevering against closed doors and intimidation. Berzon, 29, may have been the last Sun employee to learn of the award. When the prize was announced, Berzon was at a court hearing for a lawsuit about worker safety.
The Las Vegas Sun's website was named a finalist in three categories for international annual awards that honor online journalism and multimedia storytelling.
The Las Vegas Sun has won the 2009 Roy W. Howard public service reporting award for stories and editorials that led to sweeping safety improvements at Las Vegas Strip construction sites following a string of worker deaths.
The Las Vegas Sun has been named one of 10 U.S. newspapers "that do it right" by the media trade journal Editor & Publisher.
The Las Vegas Sun has won a national journalism award for its in-depth, multimedia study of the water crisis facing the Las Vegas Valley. The project, "Quenching Las Vegas' Thirst," won the Associated Press Managing Editors Association outstanding journalism award for online convergence. The competition was among the nation's largest circulation newspapers.
Two Las Vegas Sun journalists won awards from a newspaper industry association dedicated to excellence in feature writing. Reporter Abigail Goldman won first place for feature specialty reporting for her coverage of law enforcement, and copy editor John Paul McDonnall won first place in headline writing.
The Las Vegas Sun has won six awards in the 2009 Best of the West competition, which honors the best journalism among newspapers in the 13 Western states.
For the second consecutive year, the Las Vegas Sun has won an EPpy Award as the best overall newspaper-affiliated website in its class nationally.
Stories on construction deaths on the Strip led the Las Vegas Sun's sweep Tuesday of the top newswriting prizes in the Associated Press California/Nevada Newswriting and Photo Contest.
Las Vegas Sun sports writer Ron Kantowski has won an honorable mention for feature writing in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest.
Sun reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards have won a national journalism award in a competition that recognizes excellence in the media's coverage of health care issues.
Sun reporter's body of work on construction deaths in Las Vegas was one of the finest examples of "local accountability reporting" last year, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors.