Denver Press Club 2019 Hall of Fame banquet
Friday, October 04, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Social hour is 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place.
The dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place.
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place
The Denver Press Club’s 2018 Hall of Fame inductees are a star-studded group that complements and builds on last year’s class.
This year’s event, our 24th annual, is right around the corner on Oct. 4 at the Denver Athletic Club.
Sam Adams’ career in Denver’s sports media has spanned four decades. The Cleveland native is known for his work in print, with The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Avid Golfer magazine. Sam worked as a stringer for The Denver Post, covering high school and local college sports events before being hired full-time in 1992, where a year later he moved to the Broncos beat and his visibility on Denver’s sports scene began to flourish. After going to the Charlotte Observer in 1995, Sam came back to Denver in 1996 to work for the Rocky Mountain News. He covered the Broncos and then was promoted to a staff columnist. In 2000 Sam covered the Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia. When he returned to Denver, other media opportunities came his way. For three years he co-hosted a daily morning sports talk radio show with Thierry Smith on 950 AM The Fan. Sam also became a regular contributor on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain, as a television analyst and commentator for the network’s Broncos and Rockies programming.
Tina Griego is the managing editor of the online, nonprofit newsroom, The Colorado Independent. She began her journalism career at the (late, great) Los Angeles Herald Examiner and in subsequent years was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and the (late, great) Albuquerque Tribune before moving to Denver in 1998 to work for the (late, great) Rocky Mountain News. From 2001 to 2012, Tina was a city columnist for The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, becoming the first Latina columnist at Denver’s major dailies. In her time at both papers, she won multiple state and national awards for her coverage of education, immigration and the metro area’s left-behind and left-out communities. She became a staff writer for the Washington Post in 2014 and returned to Colorado in 2016. Tina is a native New Mexican.
Mike Landess has anchored evening newscasts in Denver for more than 30 years —hat’s half of his 50+ year career as a broadcast journalist. His pairing with co-anchor Ed Sardella in 1977 was the beginning of a 16-year run in Denver at KBTV/KUSA. After positions in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where he was an award-winning anchor for his work during the Olympic games and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Landess came back to Denver in 2002 and spent 12 years with KMGH. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006, Mike did a series of stories about his journey to recovery with the docs at the University of Colorado Hospital. Those stories eventually became a DVD that was given to the Prostate Conditions Council and is distributed worldwide. Mike's formal retirement from Denver’s 7 in 2014 didn’t last long. After anchoring in Tyler, Texas, he came back to Denver and Fox31/KWGN for 2 1/2 years and anchored his final newscast in November of 2018. After 55 years, six Murrow Awards and more than two dozen Emmys, Mike now lives in Tyler with his wife, Maddie.
Bob Martin was the voice of the Denver Broncos for 499 broadcasts. From football to golf to pro basketball to just about any other sport that was broadcast or televised, Bob Martin was the consummate professional, the man against whom others were measured. In his three and a half decades in Colorado, he worked at three television and five radio stations. It was Martin who launched talk-radio in Denver. He also became noted for anchoring election night coverage at KOA, where he spent the final and best years of his career. For 23 years, including a stretch of 21 in a row, he was the state’s No. 1 sportscaster, as voted by members of National Sports Media Association. He was sports director of KOA, the voice of the Broncos, and served first as the voice and then the color man on Nuggets broadcasts. A member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, Martin passed away at the age of 57 on Feb. 25, 1990, from cancer.
John Sunderland’s journalism career has traced the growth of the city and state, the highs and lows of the newspaper business and the emergence of a great community of photojournalists. John started at The Denver Post as a copy boy before his Army service, and then as a photographer in 1965. He documented everyday life in the city, covering news across the state and contributing to special long-term projects at the paper. In 1980, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his photographs on living and dying in hospice care. He later became photo editor and the Director of Photography at The Post, and also taught photography at the Colorado Institute of Art and Metro State, giving many photographers their start in the business by hiring them for freelance and full-time positions. Over the next 25 years, Post photojournalists won two Pulitzers in feature photography, a newsroom staff Pulitzer for Breaking News Coverage, and were finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes in Breaking News Photography. After his position was eliminated in 2013, he continued as a mentor to younger photographers, working as a student adviser at CSU. He remains a presence in The Post newsroom, sorting archive photographic negatives and cataloging the images so they will be preserved.
Single tickets cost $100 per person for members of the Denver Press Club and $125 for nonmembers. We have three tiers for table sales: Gold ($3,000), Silver ($2,000) and Bronze ($1,000).
We will host a social hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, and then head across the street to the Grand Ballroom of the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place.
Denver Press Club
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Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place
ContactName: General Manager Tom Foutch
Address:1330 Glenarm Place Denver CO 80204-2115
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