Columbus CEO has won two first-place awards from the 2013 Ohio's Best Journalism Competition, a collaboration between the Society of Professional Journalists' chapters in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

The statewide journalism competition drew more than 600 entries from around Ohio this year. The contest was judged by out-of-state SPJ chapters and professional organizations.

The first award for CEO was in the Best Business Profile category, for print publications whose circulation is fewer than 75,000 copies. Former staff writer Jennifer Wray took first place for "Lhota's Last Ride," our March 2012 cover story about Bill Lhota's retirement from COTA. Click here to read the story.

CEO also shares a Best of Show honor for 200Columbus, which was named Best Special Publication in the print category for circulation of fewer than 75,000 copies. 200Columbus was a standalone, 152-page magazine celebrating the city of Columbus's bicentennial. It was distributed with the January 2012 editions of both Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly and was sold on newsstands around Central Ohio. It was a true staffwide effort: Editors, writers and designers from both magazines as well as sister publications were involved in producing 200Columbus. You can read the publication online here.

The awards will be presented at a banquet at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in early October.