Plaindealer co-publisher earns writing awards

Plaindealer Staff Report
Ouray County Plaindealer co-publisher Erin McIntyre earned three awards for her journalism in the past year by the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado chapter last week.
The Top of the Rockies Contest, open to journalists working in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, celebrates work published by radio, TV and newspaper journalists.
McIntyre won second place best investigative/enterprise reporting for her story headlined “Behind those bungled ballots.” Her reporting dug into the roots of a ballot-printing company serving one-third of Colorado counties, which imperiled the 2012 election due to a spat with another ballot printer and also caused a hand-count of the Montrose primary election in 2018.
McIntyre won second place for best news feature for a story about a 13-year-old drag queen who performed in Delta and works to promote awareness of acceptance.
A story about modern-day cattle rustling and a lack of justice for a Montrose rancher earned McIntyre a third place award for agriculture and environmental general reporting.
All the stories were published in 2018 in The Daily Sentinel, where she worked as a reporter and columnist prior to purchasing the Plaindealer in April. The awards were announced May 3.