Rochester Magazine took home four awards, including a first place, at the Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards, held June 14 in St. Paul.

“Rocket Man,” Steve Lange’s profile of John Marshall basketball player Matthew Hurt, took the top award for Best Magazine Profile.

“It is deeply difficult to write well about an untested young person,” wrote the judges. “Adding sports to that mix is another challenge. Mr. Lange deftly creates excitement and ethos in unexpected but pleasing ways in this profile.”

Associate Editor Jennifer Koski took second place in the Best Magazine Department category for the Random Rochesterite column.

“Crows,” a feature story written by Paul Scott (and edited by Lange and Koski and staffer Anne Halliwell), received the second place award in the Best Feature Story category.

Art Director Lisa Houghton took home a third place in Best Magazine Cover for the Best Restaurants issue, which was shot by Olive Juice Studios.

The ceremony was held at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul and featured Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham as keynote speaker.

The Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909, is billed as the “oldest, largest and broadest-based organization of journalists in the United States.”

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