Peers honor Sentinel’s editor

Herzog is Person of Year for state press association

Daily Sentinel Executive Editor Denny Herzog was named Newspaper Person of the Year by the Colorado Press Association on Saturday. It is one of the highest awards given by the
newspaper association.

“No one in the industry is more deserving of this kind of recognition than Denny,” said George Orbanek, former publisher of The Sentinel. “He’s had a remarkable career for over 30 years, and it’s a real reflection of the esteem to which he’s held by all his colleagues.”

Steve Henson, managing editor of The Pueblo Chieftain and president of the press association board of directors, presented a plaque to Herzog, his longtime friend, at the awards luncheon Saturday.

Henson called Herzog “one of the most level-headed guys I’ve ever met.”

Herzog was accompanied at the event by his wife, Kathy, and his daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Sam Meyer. He gave a brief but genuine acceptance speech.

“I’d like to thank the staff of The Daily Sentinel, who put out a quality product every day,” he said.

Herzog has been reporter, city editor, managing editor and executive editor in his three decades with the Sentinel.

“A couple of qualities I appreciate about him are his passion for newspapers and his concern about young journalists,” said Ed Otte, executive director of the press association. “That includes students in college and high school as well as young people in the profession.

Especially in these economic times, it’s especially important to have someone like Denny who can see the big picture as well as the here and now in the business.”

That theme was echoed by former Sentinel Publisher Alex Taylor in his nomination letter.

“He is helping to change the way we do business,” Taylor wrote. “In one of the toughest years ever for newspapers, we need to constantly re-evaluate our readers’ habits and needs and deliver news to them in new and exciting ways. In the past year, he has been pushing hard to do just that.”

Herzog’s service in the press association includes two years as co-chairman of the Journalism Education Committee and helping moderate a 2001 open-records dispute between law enforcement and newspapers.

“Denny always fights for openness, clarity, good storytelling and the development and perpetuation of good journalists,” Taylor wrote. “You won’t find a better newsman anywhere in Colorado.”


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