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Former Independent editor Garrett Ray honored

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Former Littleton Independent editor and owner Garrett Ray was inducted into the Colorado Press Association’s Hall of Fame on April 14, the latest in a litany of honors bestowed on the well-known Colorado newsman.

Ray, 81, started his journalism career in junior high school by printing a newspaper about his Greeley neighborhood on a hand-crank mimeograph machine. Ray worked for his college paper, weeklies in rural Utah and Colorado, and was hired as a reporter at the Independent in 1961.

“That’s when I became a real reporter,” Ray said during his acceptance speech, adding that he was hired by Houstoun Waring, the Independent’s legendary owner and editor. “Hous was famous all over the country. The Independent was a great small-town paper.”

Ray sold the Independent in 1980 and went on to host and produce TV programs, later joining the journalism faculty at Colorado State University.

Ray has also been honored with a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, the Golden Quill and Eugene Cervie awards from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, the Keeper of the Flame award from the Colorado Socierty for Professional Journalists, and several others.

“Thank you all for a wonderful life,” Ray said on accepting his award.

Ray lives at the Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch with his wife, Nina.

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