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Evan Smith receives Margolin award from members of the Margolin family

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

The Morton L. Margolin Lecturer


Morton Margolin Headshot

Beginning in 2015, the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture has been given each year in honor of renowned Colorado business journalist Morton Margolin. During his distinguished 35-year career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Business Magazine that he co-founded, Margolin received many awards, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His series of news stories exposing controversial U.S. reclamation projects in the Riverton, Wyo., area in 1952 won him that nomination.

Prior to the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture Series, the University of Denver School of Communication and the Denver College of Business presented the prestigious Morton Margolin Prize recognizing Distinguished Business Reporting in Colorado from 1980 until 2008. A group of Margolin's friends established the award following his death in 1978 to recognize his career as a business journalist for local publications, including the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Business Magazine.

Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer

Fifth Annual Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer: Evan Smith

Evan Smith's headshotThe Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies was proud to host this year's Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer, Evan Smith.

Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website,, and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, twenty-one national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of "Overheard with Evan Smith," a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. 

Past Honorees

Morton Margolin Business Journalism Award Winners
  • 2008: Gargi Chakrabarty, Rocky Mountain News
  • 2007: David Olinger and Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post
  • 2006: Allen Best, Colorado Biz
  • 2005: Paul Beebe and Bryan Oller, The Gazette
  • 2004: Greg Griffin and Jeffrey Leib, The Denver Post
  • 2003: Louis Aguilar and Kevin Simpson, The Denver Post
  • 2002: Shannon Joyce Neal, The Daily Sentinel
  • 2001: Greg Griffin, The Denver Post
  • 2000: Tina Griego, The Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • 1999: Al Lewis, The Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • 1998: Michelle S. Conklin, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1997: Alan Prendergast, Westword
  • 1996: John Accola, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1995: Price Coleman, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1994: Julie Hutchinson, Colorado Business
  • 1993: Garrison Wells, Denver Business Journal
  • 1992: Andy van De Voorde, Westword
  • 1991: Jaye Scholl, Barron’s
  • 1990: Don Knox, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1989: Mark Harden, The Herald ( Everett , Washington )
  • 1988: Henry Dubroff and Mark Tatge, The Denver Post
  • 1987: Suzanne Costas, Denver Business Journal
  • 1986: Michael Rounds, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1985: Glenn Meyers and Jeff Rundles, Rocky Mountain Business Journal
  • 1984: Gail Pits, The Denver Post
  • 1983: Joe Weber, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1982: William Boas, Jr, Colorado Business
  • 1981: Jerry Ruhl, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1980: Alan Gersten, Rocky Mountain News

Margolin sisters, DU faculty, and DU students pose at the Margolin Lecture 2015

Back row, from left to right: Merrie Kippur (daughter of Morton Margolin), Riva Froymovitch (Inaugural Margolin Distinguished Lecturer), Isabel Raitt (BA'17), Courtney Dunson (BA'15), Kyna Moore (MA'15), Kaley Anderson (MA'16)
Front row: Danielle Vaughn (MA'15), Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, Sonia ImMasche (daughter of Morton Margolin), Kellyn Smith (Sr. Dir. of Development, University Advancement)