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The Peter Lisagor Awards — May 2

The 37th Annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism

May 2

Master of Ceremonies:  Andy Shaw, Better Government Association 

Union League Club of Chicago at 65 W. Jackson Blvd.

Cocktails: 5:30 p.m.

Dinner and awards presentation: 7 p.m.

Parking is $10 in garage adjacent to the ULC

Congratulations to our finalists!

The Chicago Headline Club will also announce the winners of the coveted Watchdog Award and the Anne Keegan Award at the dinner.

The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, established the Peter Lisagor Awards in 1977 to inspire Chicago-area journalists to follow Lisagor’s outstanding example and to recognize truly superior contributions to journalism.  Peter Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976, was one of the nation’s most respected and well-known journalists.

Congrats to our Lisagor Finalists!

ALL MEDIA: MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION (AM1)

David Bernstein, Chicago Magazine and Better Government Association, “Lawmakers Gone Wild” 

 

Chris Fusco and Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times and Tony Arnold of WBEZ, “DCFS’s Faces of Failure” 

 

Daily Herald, Reboot Illinois, “Pension Forum”   

 

 

ALL MEDIA: EDITORIAL CARTOON (AM2)

Jack Higgins, Chicago Sun-Times, “A sampling of editorial cartoons by Jack Higgins” 

 

Rina Piccolo, ABA Journal, “Legal-themed cartoons” 

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Main Event – Editorial cartoon”   

 

 

ALL MEDIA: BEST GRAPHICS (AM3)

Karen Freese, Crain’s Chicago Business

 

Phil Geib, Chicago Tribune, “Hockey graphics”

 

Jason McGregor, Crain’s Chicago Business 

 

 

ALL MEDIA: BEST ILLUSTRATION  (AM4)

Max Rust, Chicago Sun-Times, “Three news/editorial illustrations”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING (D1)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Maudlyne Ihejirika and Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Sun-Times, “This should hurt everybody” Hadiya Pendleton laid to rest”

 

John O’Connor, Sara Burnett, Sophia Tareen, Kerry Lester and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press, “Final night of 2013 Legislative Session in Springfield” 

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Illinois tornados”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING (D2)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, “Man convicted of Burger King murder to serve natural life sentence” 

Joseph Pete, The Times Media Co., “Buried alive: Nathan’s story of survival”  

 

Erika Wurst, The Beacon-News, “Mom charged after kids found unresponsive in car”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING (D3)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jennifer Delgado, Bridget Doyle, Mary Schmich, Dahleen Glanton and Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune, “Stories behind the violence”  

 

Chris Fusco and Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times and Tony Arnold, WBEZ, “DCFS’s Faces of Failure” 

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “Romance or Rape? Sex and Dementia in Nursing Homes”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING (D4)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Patrick McCraney, Better Government Association and The State Journal-Register, “Clout Hiring Persists Under Quinn”

 

Eric Peterson and Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald, “Aftermath of Schaumburg cops’ arrest”

 

Gregory Pratt, Hoy, “The Social Architecture of a Sex Trafficking Case” 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (D5)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Cynthia Dizikes and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune, “Cook County Justice”

 

Jason Grotto, Heather Gillers, Patricia Callahan and Alex Richards , Chicago Tribune, “Broken Bonds” 

 

 Tim Novak and Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times, “Tarnished Badges”

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (D6)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jake Griffin, Daily Herald, “Schools’ lavish conference spending”   

 

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times Media Co., “Violation of trust”   

 

Patrick McCraney, Better Government Association and The State Journal-Register, “Clout Hiring Persists Under Quinn”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER:BEST POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING (D7)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Sandy Bergo and Chuck Neubauer, Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times, “A Rush of Financial Questions”

 

Chris Fusco and Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times and Tony Arnold, WBEZ, “DCFS’s Faces of Failure” 

 

Robert Herguth, Patrick Rehkamp and Andrew Schroedter, Better Government Association, “Doctors do Little?”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING (D8)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000 

 

*William Dolan, The Times Media Co., “Calumet Twp. is rich in poverty” 

 

Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, “Illinois GOP Chairman’s ouster over gay marriage support”

 

Mike Riopell, Daily Herald, “Dangers of Video Gambling”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDUCATION REPORTING (D9)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Noreen Ahmed-Ullah, Alex Richards, John Chase, Bob Secter and Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago School Closings”   

 

Dan Mihalopoulos, Chicago Sun-Times, “Clout in Session,” a series of stories on the United Neighborhood Organization”

 

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg, “Jailer of Taliban Deploys to Chicago School to Foil Gangs”

 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDUCATION REPORTING (D10)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Kalyn Belsha, The Beacon-News, “Coverage of bullying at East Aurora High School”  

 

Carmen McCollum, The Times Media Co., “Some say school vouchers push law limits”  

Staff, Daily Herald,  “Top Teachers Series”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENT REPORTING (D11)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “Romance or Rape? Sex and Dementia in Nursing Homes”

 

Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune, “Sand Sharks Circling Starved Rock”

 

Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters, “Obamacare Does Not Come to Mississippi”  

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENT REPORTING (D12)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000. 

 

Vanessa Renderman, The Times Media Co., “Diagnosing the deficit”  

 

Vanessa Renderman,  The Times Media Co., “Gene mutation affects group of sisters”   

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY (D13)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times, “A series of columns on threats facing the homeless”

 

John W. Fountain, Chicago Sun-Times, “One: The Most Important Number – Examining the toll of murder”  

 

Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune, “A series of columns”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY (D14)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marc Chase, The Times Media Co., “Cops bird-brained over turkey raffle location;” “In matters of race, color doesn’t matter;” “Officer’s humanity, not badge or gun, saves life”

 

Denise Crosby, The Beacon-News, “A series of columns”

 

Donna Vickroy, SouthtownStar, “Beyond statistics: The struggle to understand, help the homeless”   

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDITORIAL WRITING (D15)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune,  “A new plan for Chicago-a series of editorials”

 

Kate N. Grossman, Tom McNamee and Tom Frisbie, Chicago Sun-Times, “A series of editorials: Taking sides on closing schools”  

 

Diana Rickert, Chicago Tribune, “In search of an education: 1 car ride, 2 bus rides, 2 train rides and 2 brisk walks later”    

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST EDITORIAL WRITING (D16)

D16 Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jim Baumann, Daily Herald, “A series of editorials”

 

John Lampinen, Daily Herald, “A series of editorials”

 

Doug Ross, The Times Media Co. “NWI is true Crossroads of America;” “Government meetings aren’t prayer meetings;” “Don’t let windfall be downfall of prudence”  

 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (D17)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

P.J. Huffstutter, Tom Polansek, Brian Grow, Lisa Baertlein and Eric Johnson, Reuters, “Merck’s Troubles with Zilmax” 

 

Michael Oneal and Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune, “Broken deal”   

 

Shruti Singh, Bloomberg, “Deere Lures Africa’s First-Time Buyers of Tractors”

 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (D18)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times Media Co., “Megachurch on precarious path”

 

Kari Lydersen, Better Government Association and State Journal Register, “Rescuing Illinois: Government Surplus”

 

Joseph Pete, The Times Media Co., “A Christmas Story: Movie’s light shines brighter in Cleveland”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (D19)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “The Last Survivors”   

 

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “War Stories”

 

Maureen O’Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times, “A series of profiles”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (D20)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Patricia Manson, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “Live-wire Lab”

 

Vanessa Renderman, The Times Media Co., “Story of Survival”

 

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald, “The Ramirez Sisters on Their Own”

 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM (D21)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Heather Gillers and Jason Grotto, Chicago Tribune, “Cultural Cash Crunch”

 

Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times, “Souls on a String”

 

Caryn Rousseau and Don Babwin, Associated Press, “The death of Roger Ebert”  

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM (D22)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Dann Gire, Daily Herald, “Dann Gire Reviews”

 

Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire, Daily Herald, “Suburban Showcase”

 

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald, “Barbara Vitello Play Reviews”  

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS STORY (D23)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jay Cohen, Associated Press and Huffington Post, “Chicago hoping basketball provides haven for kids”

 

Eli Kaberon, ChicagoSide and Chicago Sun-Times, “A fighter to the end”

 

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times, “Beaten but undaunted”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS STORY (D24)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Kathleen Dorsey and Brian Vernellis, The Times Media Co., “The life of an emerging Region Rat Roller”

 

Michael Hutton, Post-Tribune, “Would-be Gary Swimmers left with no access to pools, teams or curriculum”   

 

Tim Sassone, Daily Herald, “Two Cups for the Cap Crusaders”  

 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS COMMENTARY (D25)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times, “A selection of three sports columns”

 

Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune, “Promise made, promise kept;” “Bears’ defense saves dumbest for last;” “NHL has to suspend Boychuk”

 

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times, “A selection of three sports columns”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS COMMENTARY (D26)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Michael Hutton, Post-Tribune, “Thomas Powell’s legacy a hero for oppressed Gary coaches” 

 

Mike Imrem, Daily Herald, “A selection of three sports columns”

 

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald, “A selection of three sports columns”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS PHOTO (D27)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune, “Frozen in time” 

 

Anthony Souffle, Nancy Stone, Zbigniew Bzdak and Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune, “Tornadoes tear through Illinois”

 

Abel Uribe, John J. Kim, E. Jason Wambsgans, Anthony Souffle, Terrence Antonio James and Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Under the Gun”   

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST NEWS PHOTO (D28)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press, “A Wide Reaching Storm”  

 

Joe Lewnard, Daily Herald, “Butterfly child”

 

Dan White, Daily Herald, “Help During a Flood”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE PHOTO (D29)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press, “Snow Storm Walk”    

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST FEATURE PHOTO (D30)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Bob Chwedyk, Daily Herald, “Cats want in”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS PHOTO (D31)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast and Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press, “Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winners”

 

Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune, “Trick or Treat” 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST SPORTS PHOTO (D32)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Steve Lundy, Daily Herald, “Goalie’s Leap”

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DESIGN (D33)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune

 

Jeff Bowen, Chicago Tribune

 

James Smith, Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST DESIGN (D34)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald

 

Brian Shamie, Daily Herald

 

Staff, Hoy   

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST TECHNOLOGY REPORTING (35)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Wailin Wong, Chicago Tribune, “Pivots painful for startups, but they’re often key to success”

 

Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune, “Drivers tap brakes on being monitored” 

 

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ILLUSTRATION (D37)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation more than 250,000

 

Joe Darrow, Chicago Tribune  

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: BEST ILLUSTRATION (D38)

Daily Newspaper, News Service or Bureau, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER: GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN PRINT JOURNALISM (D39)

 

Staff,  Chicago Tribune

 

Staff, Daily Herald

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN A GENERAL-INTEREST PUBLICATION (N1)

 

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “Anatomy of a Heroin Ring, Heroin LLC, The Chicago Connection”   

 

Jason McGahan and David Bernstein, Chicago Magazine, “Special Report: Drugs in Chicago”

 

Staff, Bloomberg, “Chicago: The City that Bleeds” 

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER (N2)

 

Mary Gavin, Evanston RoundTable ,”Series on Potential Sale of Harley Clarke Mansion on Evanston’s Lakefront”   

 

Jean Lotus, Forest Park Review, “Riveredge Hospital patient death” 

 

Todd Wessell and Tom Robb, Journal & Topics Newspapers, “Des Plaines Police Problems”  

 

 

NON-DAILY:BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN BUSINESS MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER(N3)

 

Alby Gallun and Micah Maidenberg, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Reckless Abandon”

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “Romance or Rape? Sex and Dementia in Nursing Homes”

 

Mark Hansen, ABA Journal, “Crimes In The Lab”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN A MAGAZINE OR MAGAZINE SECTION(N4)

 

David Bernstein and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawmakers Gone Wild”

 

Mark Hansen,  ABA Journal, “Crimes In The Lab”

 

Maria Zamudio and Rui Kaneya, The Chicago Reporter, “Fear and loathing at the border” 

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY (N5)

 

Joe Cahill, Crain’s Chicago Business

 

Don DeBat, Inside Publications, “Redevelop Wrigley Field;” “Future of Lake Shore Drive;” “Preserving the Billy Goat Tavern”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST EDITORIAL WRITING (N6)

 

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times, “Editorial series on marriage equality in Illinois” 

 

Timothy Morgan,  Christianity Today Magazine,  “A Pope for All Christians;”  “Why Welcome a Same-Sex Couple to Church;” “Four Powerful Ways to Solve the Crisis in Orphan Care.”   

 

Douglas Wertheimer,  Chicago Jewish Star,  “You Will Regret;” “Canadian misstep;” “Thank goodness it failed”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST BUSINESS REPORTING (N7)

 

Steve Daniels, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Small banks, Big problem / Oversupply of community banks means no end to tough times”   

 

John Lippert, Bloomberg, “Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Damage Shows Most Change From Climate”  

 

Lynne Marek, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Futures Shock”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (N8)

 

Noah Isackson and David Bernstein, Chicago Magazine,  “Getting Away with Murder”

 

Sarah Nardi, Chicago Reader, “Who does Brandon Baltzley think he is?”

 

Bryan Smith and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Let Us Prey”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING IN NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE(N9)

 

David Bernstein and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawmakers Gone Wild” 

 

Angela Caputo and Rui Kaneya, The Chicago Reporter, “Charges dismissed”

 

Craig Vetter, Playboy Magazine, “The Accidental Capitalist”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST POLITICAL REPORTING IN NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE (N10)

 

David Bernstein and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawmakers Gone Wild”

 

L. Jay Jackson, ABA Journal, “The Siege On State Courts”   

 

James Ylisela Jr. and David Bernstein, Chicago Magazine, “It’s Good to be the King”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST EDUCATION REPORTING IN NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE (N11)

 

* Steve Bogira, Chicago Reader, “A better goal for CPS;” “Three families tell us why they ditched CPS;” “Standardized testing overkill at CPS”

 

Sarah Karp and Rebecca Harris, Catalyst Chicago, “Ticket to Opportunity”  

 

Cassie Walker Burke and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “When Autistic Children Are Children No More”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM (N12)

 

J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader, “Secrets of The Shining”

 

Jeff Ruby and Cassie Walker Burke, Chicago Magazine, “The Delicious Life of Nick Offerman”

 

Bill Zehme, Playboy, “Playboy Interview: Jimmy Kimmel”   

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST SPORTS STORY (N13)

 

Stuart Dybek, Playboy, “Three Minutes” 

 

Bryan Smith and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “High Hopes”

 

Bryan Smith and Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Who Are These People?”

 

NON-DAILY: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY (N14)

 

Ramzi Dreessen, Chicago Sun-Times Splash Magazine, “Crowd-surfing at the Pitchfork festival”

 

Carlos Javier Ortiz, Chicago Magazine, “20 Reasons to Love Chicago”

 

Eric Holubow and Roger Ebert, Chicago Magazine, “Decaying Beauty”

 

 

NON-DAILY: BEST DESIGN (N15)

 

Karen Freese, Crain’s Chicago Business

 

Chuck Lazar,  Hospitals & Health Networks

 

Brenan Sharp, ABA Journal, “The 25 Greatest Law Novels Ever;” “Texas Tea Time;” “Legal Rebels”  

 

NON-DAILY: BEST ILLUSTRATION (N16)

 

Staff, Angie’s List Magazine

 

David Sweet and John Conatser, The North Shore Weekend, “Barry Blitt draws Kurt Andersen” 

 

David Mosele, Shore Magazine, “Unique Businesses Can Be Worth the Risk;” “Making Use of the Useless;” “Architecture Always Has a Backstory”   

 

 

NON-DAILY: GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN PRINT JOURNALISM (N17)

 

Elizabeth Fenner and Staff, Chicago Magazine

 

Staff,  Crain’s Chicago Business: 2013 Excellence  

 

Laura Washington, Rui Kaneya, Christine Wachter, Maria Ines Zamudio, Angela Caputo and Yana Kunichoff , The Chicago Reporter

 

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST BREAKING NEWS STORY (R1)

 

Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “CTA Blue Line Crash”   

 

Staff,  WBBM Newsradio, “The November Tornados”

 

Staff, WBEZ, “Chicago Public School Closings”

 

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES (R2) 

 

Niala Boodhoo, Alex Keefe and Derek John, WBEZ, “What is the state of Illinois’s ‘fiscal house?”

 

Steve Walsh,  Lakeshore Public Radio WLPR, “Rethinking Crime in Northwest Indiana”   

 

*Staff, WBEZ, “Heroin, LLC”   

 

 

 BROADCAST RADIO: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (R3) 

 

Robert Wildeboer and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Illinois prison policy on autopilot”

 

 

 BROADCAST RADIO: BEST REPORTER (R4)

 

Ryan Burrow,   ABC News Chicago

 

Lisa Fielding, WBBM Newsradio

 

Bob Roberts, WBBM Newsradio

 

 

 BROADCAST RADIO: BEST NEWSCAST (R5)

 

Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “3 p.m. newscasts”   

 

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST FEATURE REPORTING (R6) 

 

Lisa Fielding,  WBBM Newsradio, “Wrigley Field Ballhawks” 

 

Linda Paul and Danyell Irby, NPR, “A Traditional Wedding Brings the Polish Highlands to Chicago”

 

Michael Puente and Derek John, WBEZ,  “How Superman saved a small Illinois town”

 

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING (R7) 

 

Staff, WBEZ, “Morning Shift: Flashpoint – A Tale of Two Police Forces with WNYC”

 

Staff, WBEZ, “Our Guns”

 

Richard Steele, Angela Caputo, Ayana Contreras and James Reddick, Vocalo.org 90.7FM, 89.5FM, “Barber Shop Show: Aiming for Answers with The Chicago Reporter”   

 

 BROADCAST RADIO: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (R8) 

 

Derek John, Susie An, Dan Weissmann and Sally Eisele, WBEZ, “At What Cost? Risk-Taking in the New Economy”   

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST HEALTH OR SCIENCE REPORTING (R9) 

 

Shannon Heffernan and Aurora Aguilar, WBEZ, “Shocking drop in psychiatric services for Illinois children”

 

Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ, “Ten years after historic blackout, are we better off?”   

 

Linda Paul, Cate Cahan and Ken Davis, WBEZ, “Endangered herons relocate to one of Chicago’s toniest neighborhoods”  

 

 

BROADCAST RADIO: BEST SPORTS STORY (R10)

 

Ryan Burrow, ABC News Radio – WLS-AM, Sports Story

 

 Jeff Joniak, WBBM Newsradio, “Joniak’s Journal: Josh McCown” 

 

Michael Puente and Sally Eisele, WBEZ, “Remembering the ‘Forgotten Hoosiers”

 

 

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST DEADLINE REPORT (S1) 

 

Andrew Harris, Bloomberg, “Snowden Faces Often-Posed U.S. Fugitive Question: Where to Run?”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST IN-DEPTH REPORT OR SERIES (S2) 

 

Geri Aston, Hospitals & Health Networks, ” Diabetes Management”

 

Sandy Bergo and Chuck Neubauer, Better Government Association, “A Rush of Financial Questions” 

 

Staff, Bloomberg, “Chicago: The City that Bleeds” 

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST COMMENTARY (S3) 

 

Lorraine Forte, Catalyst Chicago, “Page 2 Editorials”  

 

Merrill Goozner,  Modern Healthcare, “End the medical arms race”

 

Matthew Weinstock,  Hospitals & Health Networks, “Health Matters”

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (S4) 

 

Terry Carter, ABA Journal, “Should This Toy Be Saved?” 

 

Melanie Evans and Maureen McKinney, Modern Healthcare, “Quality Paradox”  

 

John Lippert, Bloomberg, “Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Damage Shows Most Change From Climate” 

 

 

SPECIALTY/TRADE: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (S5) 

 

Elizabeth Campbell and Louise Kiernan, Bloomberg, “Chicago Teen Dodges Daily Violence Threat for Hoop Dream”

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “Romance or Rape? Sex and Dementia in Nursing Homes”

 

Marty Stempniak, Hospitals & Health Networks, “Retail Clinics: Threat or Opportunity?”  

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST SPOT NEWS STORY (T1) 

 

Randi Belisomo, WGN-TV, ”  Extra Alarm Fire Destroys Strip Mall” 

 

Leah Hope and Patricia Ryan, WLS-TV, “Flooding in the South Suburbs” 

 

Staff, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “November Tornadoes”

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES (T2)

 

Dane Placko, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Herguth and Patrick McCraney, FOX 32/Better Government Association, “Trouble in the courts”   

 

Tasha Ransom, Dawn Hasbrouck, D. Gresham and Timothy Morris, WFLD-TV, “Rowing to Recovery: Assault Victim Jen Gibbons Shares Story”   

Patrick Rehkamp, Pam Zekman and Dan Blom, CBS2/Better Government Association, “Braking Bad”

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORT (T3) 

 

Dane Placko, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Herguth and Patrick McCraney,   FOX 32/Better Government Association, “Trouble in the courts”   

 

Phil Rogers, Katy Smyser, Lisa Capitanini, Zach Christman, Mark Ringo and Debra Juarez, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “Who’s Behind the Wheel?”  

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST ON CAMERA TALENT (T4)

 

Paris Schutz, WTTW Channel 11

 

Leah Hope, WLS-TV- ABC 7

 

Roz Varon, Irit Nayden, Holly Grisham, Victoria Blount and Patricia Ryan, WLS-TV ABC 7

 

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST EVENING NEWSCAST (T7) 

 

Staff, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “10pm Newscast”

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST FEATURE NEWS REPORT (T8) 

 

Randi Belisomo and Ray Ruiz, WGN-TV, “Traditions and Business Wilting on Vine on Lower West Side”

 

Marion Brooks, Julio Martinez and Richard Moy, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “Keith’s Heart”

 

Roz Varon, Irit Nayden and Obie Varnado, WLS-TV ABC 7, “Lucky #7”   

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (T10)

 

Leah Hope, Jim Mastri and Badriyyah Waheed, WLS-TV ABC-7, “Sweepstakes Scam” 

 

Leah Hope, Steve Erwin and John Silvey, WLS-TV ABC-7, “DEA Calling” 

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST HEALTH OR SCIENCE REPORTING (T11) 

 

Pam Zekman, Robert Herguth, Patrick Rehkamp, Andrew Schroedter and Dan Blom,   CBS-2/Better Government Association, “Pilfered Pills At County Pharmacy?”  

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST SPORTS STORY/SINGLE NEWS STORY OR FEATURE

(T12)

Randi Belisomo and Nelson Howard, WGN-TV, “The Running Nun”

 

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/ARTS/CULTURE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-FEATURE OR SERIES (T17)

 

Daniel Andries, WTTW Channel 11, “The Invisible Hand: Architect Thomas Beeby”   

 

Randi Belisomo, Adrienne Balow, Mike D’Angelo, Nelson Howard, Mary Bohentin and Ted Parra, WGN-TV, “Uptown: Creating a Music District”

 

Leah Hope, Kenneth Bedford and Badriyyah Waheed, WLS-TV ABC-7, “Celebrating 50 Years of WVON”  

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION:BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/BUSINESS/CONSUMER NEWS FEATURE OR SERIES (T18) 

 

Lisa Parker, Robin Green, Mark Ringo and Richard Moy, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “The New Tax Grab”   

John Silvey, Leah Hope and James Mastri, WLS-TV ABC-7, “Protect Your Home: Think like a buglar”   

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/CRIME NEWS (T19) 

 

Marion Brooks, Julio Martinez and Richard Moy,  WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “Gun Vault”

 

Tasha Ransom, Anna Davlantes, D. Gresham and Mike Wojcik, WFLD-TV, “Ex-Sitter Fights to Get Conviction in Infant Death Overturned”

 

Rob Stafford, Lisa Capitanini, Katy Smyser, Richard Moy and Debra Juarez, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “Easy Escape?”   

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/EDUCATION/SCHOOLS NEWS

(T20) 

 

Dane Placko, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth, FOX 32/Better Government Association, “Globetrotting Principal Grounded”   

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/ENVIRONMENT NEWS

 (T21) 

 

Chris Coffey, Katy Smyser, Lisa Capitanini, Richard Moy, Mark Ringo and Debra Juarez, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “Buried Dangers?”   

 

Paris Schutz, WTTW Channel 11, “Two part series on the debate to regulate high-level fracking in Illinois.”

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/HEALTH/SCIENCE (T22) 

 

Randi Belisomo, Brian McMurray, Jordan Guzzardo and Steve Scheurer, WGN-TV, “Hoping for Another Miracle”

 

Tasha Ransom, Dawn Hasbrouck and D. Gresham, WFLD-TV, “Chicago’s Doctor’s Study of Twins Reveals Surprising Answers”

 

 Pam Zekman, Robert Herguth, Patrick Rehkamp, Andrew Schroedter and Dan Blom, CBS-2/Better Government Association, “Pilfered Pills At County Pharmacy?”  

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/HUMAN INTEREST (T23) 

 

Marion Brooks, Mike Adams and Richard Moy, WMAQ-TV, NBC-5, “Peacemakers”   

 

Dave Fraser, Rich Moy and Christian Farr, WMAQ-TV NBC 5 News, “My Personal Connection to a Tuskegee Airman” 

 

Roz Varon, Holly Grisham and Irit Nayden,  WLS-TV, ABC-7, ” ABC7 Goes Pink”   

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION: BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/POLITIC/GOVERNEMENT

(T24) 

 

Randi Belisomo, WGN-TV, “Salvation Army Food Trucks and Disagreement in Uptown”

 

Dick Johnson, Robert Herguth, Katy Smyser, Zach Christman, Mark Ringo and Debra Juarez,   WMAQ-TV/NBC-5 and the Better Government Association, “Down the YouTube” 

 

Tasha Ransom, Dawn Hasbrouck, Mike Flannery, Stewart Orlin and Michael Majewski, WFLD-TV, “South Shore Drill Team and Soul Children of Chicago Perform at 2013 Inaugural Events”

 

 

BROADCAST TELEVISION:BEST NEWS SPECIALTY/WEATHER NEWS (T26) 

 

Tammie Souza, Edward Bartlett and Timothy Morris, WFLD-TV, “Getting Out Alive”  

 

 

ONLINE: BEST MULTIMEDIA FEATURE PRESENTATION (X1) 

 

Photography, Applications and Breaking News staff, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Under the Gun”  

 

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “Murder in Chicago: The Human Toll”   

 

Jason McGregor, Alby Gallun, Micah Maidenberg, Jeff Hartvigsen and Stephen J. Serio,  Crain’s Chicago Business, “Reckless Abandon”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST NEWS WEBSITE (X2) 

 

Staff, Chicago Reader, “chicagoreader.com”

 

Staff, Chicago Sun-Times, “suntimes.com”

 

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “dnainfo.com”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG POST, INDEPENDENT (X3) 

 

Hilary Gowins, Illinois Policy Institute blog – illinoispolicy.org, “Houston woos Dwight Howard with state income tax”

 

Jason Prechtel, Gapers Block, “Ventra’s Parent Company: An International History of Fare Card Glitches”

Stan Zoller, Gaggin’ in the Grove  

 

 

ONLINE: BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG, AFFILIATED (X4) 

 

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, “Roger Ebert’s Journal”

 

Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune, “Assignment Chicago”

 

David Protess, The Huffington Post, “Writing Injustice”   

 

 

ONLINE: BEST CONTINUING BLOG, INDEPENDENT (X5) 

 

Paul Dailing, 1,001chicago.com, “1,001 Chicago Afternoons”

 

Scott Jacobs, The Week Behind, “That’s Our Bernie;” “Me, I’m Faceless;” and “Cancel My Subscription”

 

Lindsay Murphy and Staff, The Chicago Stumbler, “The Chicago Stumbler Crappy Sidewalks Blog”

 

ONLINE: BEST CONTINUING BLOG, AFFILIATED (X6) 

 

Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Greg Hinz On Politics”

 

Debra Sherman,  Reuters.com, “Cancer in Context–A Cancer Patient’s Blog”

 

Staff, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Homicide Watch Chicago — homicides.suntimes.com”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST DEADLINE REPORTING ONLINE (X7) 

 

Natasha Korecki, Lynn Sweet, Fran Spielman and Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times, “Congressman, alderman-wife sentenced”  

 

Jon Seidel, Dan Rozek and Janet Lundquist, Chicago Sun-Times, “Drew Peterson sentencing”

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “The Illinois tornadoes”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST NON-DEADLINE REPORTING ONLINE (X8)

 

Mark Konkol and Quinn Ford, DNAinfo Chicago, “Rule 14 and Cops Who Lie, Testing the Public Trust”

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Under the Gun”

 

Staff, The Medill Justice Project, “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome”  

 

 

ONLINE: BEST BREAKING NEWS STORY (X9) 

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “The Illinois tornadoes”  

 

 

ONLINE: BEST NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS (X10) 

 

Reema Amin, Ellyn Fortino, Katie Kather, Mario Lekovic, Tatiana Walk-Morris and Suzanne McBride, AustinTalks, “Best neighborhood/community news”  

 

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “Neighborhood News”

 

Staff, The Red Line Project, “The Red Line Project”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST BUSINESS OR CONSUMER REPORTING (X11) 

 

Rich Rovito, Better Government Association, “Rescuing Illinois: When Wal-Mart Comes Calling” 

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “Neighborhood Businesses, DNAinfo.com’s Local Coverage”

 

Staff, The Red Line Project, “The Thin Red Line: Shutting Down the Red Line for Five Months”

 

ONLINE: BEST FEATURE STORY OR SERIES (X12)

 

Jessica Koscielniak and Peter Holderness, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Ripple Effect: Violence in Chicago”

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Life After Hadiya”

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “His Saving Grace”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST INVESTIGATIVE/PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTING (X13) 

 

Mark Konkol and Quinn Ford, dnainfo.com Chicago, “Rule 14 and Cops Who Lie, Testing the Public Trust”

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Broken Bonds”   

 

Staff, The Medill Justice Project, “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome”   

 

 

ONLINE: BEST USE OF NEWS VIDEO (X14) 

 

Photography Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Under the Gun: 2013”  

 

Staff, The Medill Justice Project, “Shaken-Baby Syndrome: Perspectives on a Controversial Diagnosis”

 

Samuel Vega, Hoy, “La Espiga”

 

ONLINE: BEST USE OF FEATURES VIDEO (X15) 

 

Gisela Orozco and Samuel Vega,  Hoy, “Casandro”

 

David Schalliol, Brian Ashby, Dave Nagel, Akemi Honga and Natalia Echeverry, Gapers Block, “The Area”

 

E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune, “Sandhill cranes: The great migration”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY (X16) 

 

Peter Holderness and Jessica Koscielniak, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Ripple Effect: Violence in Chicago”

 

Annie Sweeney, Ryan Nagle and David Eads, Chicago Tribune, “Timeline of a Gun Sale”   

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “His Saving Grace”   

 

 

ONLINE: BEST START-UP (X17) 

 

Randi Belisomo, Mary Mulcahy and Daniel Gaitan, lifemattersmedia.org, “Life Matters Media” 

 

John MacLeod, Vivek Sundararaman, Alwar Narayanan, Charlie Meyerson and Cindy Paulauskas,  Rivet News Radio, “Rivet Radio is What’s Next for Audio News”

 

Lindsey Murphy and Mike Reilley,  The Chicago Stumbler, “The Chicago Stumbler Blog”

 

 

ONLINE: GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM (X18) 

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “General Excellence in Online Journalism”

 

Staff, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Crain’s Chicago Business: 2013 Online Excellence”

 

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “General Excellence in Online Journalism”

 

 

ONLINE: BEST PHOTO  (X19) 

 

Paul Biasco,  DNAinfo.com Chicago, “Manierre Elementary School is Spared”  

 

Paul D’Amato and Megan Lovejoy, Chicago Magazine, “Water for the People”

 

Andrew A. Nelles, Crain’s Chicago Business, “A Business of Life and Death”

 

 

 

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Save the Date: Lisagor Awards

The 37th Annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism will be held Friday, May 2rd. 

The Chicago Headline Club will announce the winners of the coveted Watchdog Award and the Anne Keegan Award at the dinner. 

37th ANNUAL PETER LISAGOR AWARDS

Union League Club of Chicago at 65 W. Jackson Blvd.

Cocktails: 5:30 p.m.

Dinner and awards presentation: 7 p.m.

Stan Zoller: Students need to understand, use FOIA

One of the interesting things about starting a school year is to find out why students are taking “J-1” Introduction to Journalism.  The answers, to no surprise, run the gamut.

“Because my friend did.”

“Because my parents made me.”

“Because I like to write.”

“Because I’m interested in journalism.”

Bravo. However, whether a student has friends in the class, persuasive parents or (fortunately) an interest in journalism, one thing that students need to know, and it is incumbent on journalism educators to emphasize, is that journalists can make a difference.  Even scholastic journalists.

The motto of the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is “Protecting the public’s right to know,” and its message is not limited to professional journalists.  Its message is meant for student journalists whether in college or high school.

While journalism educators stress the Common Core and awards to their administrators, what’s paramount is that students understand their role as journalists, not just “student journalists.” I’ve heard from more than one adviser that they’re changing their newspaper to a news magazine because they’re not reporting news.

Then something has gone amuck. While their publications may not feature “breaking news,” more and more newspapers are being sought out for their work as watch dogs and are, more than more are “protecting the public’s right to know.”

So what do students, and perhaps journalism educators, need to know?  That despite roadblocks that some administrators will put up to protect their own personal goals or initiatives, information is readily available to student journalists just as it to all journalists.

The Freedom of Information Act is not limited to professional journalists.  Your student are afforded the same rights.   Using the FOIA may seem tricky, but it is a fairly simple process.  The Student Press Law Center makes the process simple.  All you need to do is go to SPLC FOIA Instructions.  

Keep in mind that you should be a specific as possible.  Do not, for example, say you want to review the budget for 2013.  Narrow your focus.  If you are interested in an athletic team’s budget, indicate that you want travel expenditures for the Central High School football team from Aug. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.  

Remember too that you can use the FOIA to obtain information from other agencies.  Nearly all public records are accessible by the FOI.  This includes police reports, school board information, birth records, divorce information and property transfers to name a few.  There may be some limitations as to what some agencies may release.  For example, police departments may not release reports involving domestic disputes, sexual assaults or minors.  If there’s a dispute, you can refile your FOIA request, or if need be, state offices will review your FOIA.  In Illinois for example, the Attorney General’s office has procedures to for FOIA reviews.

It is a common practice for names and addresses to be redacted (crossed out) to protect non FOIAed individuals.  That’s because they may be outside the request of your FOIA request.

In many cases, an organization has a limited time in which to respond.  In Illinois, an organization must respond by email or letter within five days.  

Once the information is received, you and your students need to evaluate it and see how it will be used, which will be addressed in my next blog.

In the meantime, check your state guidelines for using the FOIA and include it in your lesson plans.

It may not be a popular action to take with your administration, but in addition to expectations of journalism mirroring the Common Core and 21st Century Learning standards, administrators, journalism educators and student journalists need to understand a primary, perhaps the primary role of the media today is, in fact, “protecting the public’s right to know.”

 

Stan Zoller is a journalism educator and free-lance writer.  He is Vice President of Freedom of Information for the Chicago Headline Club,  In addition to being a Peter Lisagor winner, he was a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser in 2010 and Distinguished Adviser in 2011.  Zoller is a member of Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights and the Multicultural commissions.

 

Congratulations to our Lisagor winners!

 

Chicago Headline Club Announces Lisagor Award Winners 

 

CHICAGO, May 3, 2013 The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, today announced the winners of its 2012 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner tonight before more than 350 people at the Union League Club of Chicago.

 

Headlining the awards ceremony honoring the best in Chicago journalism in 2012 were the Lifetime Achievement Awards given to nationally syndicated columnist and Chicago Tribune editorial board member Clarence Page and WBBM Newsradio reporter John Cody.

 

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Kim Janssen received the second annual Anne Keegan Award for Reporting on the Little Guy. Mr. Janssen wrote a compelling and emotional story about the life of 62-year-old Mexican immigrant Delfino Mora who was senselessly murdered by alleged Chicago gangbangers. The killers were caught in part because they posted the beating on Facebook. The author went well beyond the typical police blotter story. He got to know Mr. Mora’s family at his Chicago wake and followed the casket back to Mexico in his hometown of Michoacan where he was buried in a grave he built himself. Mr. Janssen’s piece offered a glimpse into the life of a selfless man who worked tirelessly to make a better life for his family, traveling to and from the U.S. frequently to work in construction and other jobs. Once an accomplished musician in Mexico who became known as “Don Vale” for his popular singing, Mr. Mora became an U.S. citizen in 2006 and was extremely proud of that fact before his life was taken from him too soon.

 

And the 2012 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting went to Christy Gutowski and Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune for their “Children at Risk” series. Their package of stories shined a light on new, treacherous risks to one of the most vulnerable populations and led to an overhaul of the state agency charged with protecting children.

 

The winners in the other categories were:

 

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION

 

Hoy Staff, Chicago Tribune Graphics Staff, CU-Citizen Access.org Staff, “Midwest Chronicles: Diversity Flourishes”

EDITORIAL CARTOON

 

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, “And would you have an opinion…; All most got it; Let’s try and stay between the…; Chicago budget; ComEd; Open December 25”  

 

FEATURE WRITING

 

Non-Daily, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

Non-daily, circulation less than 20,000

 

Kate Sosin, Erica Demarest, Bill Healy, Windy City Times, “Generation Halsted: LGBTQ Youth Series”

 

Online

 

Dave Hoekstra, Jon Sall, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Giving Soul of Mitty Collier”  

 

Television

 

Roz Varon, IritNayden, Steve Erwin, Mike Maher and Patricia Ryan, WLS-TV, “Interstate Identities”  

 

Radio

 

Chip Mitchell, Natalie Moore, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “A decade on, coaches try to bridge racial divide”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or more

 

Jared Hopkins, Chicago Tribune, “Understanding Brandon Marshall” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or less

 

Sarah Tompkins, The Times, “Paula Cooper: A second chance”  

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Doug Trapp, American Medical News, “Health care’s 1%: Who are the chronically costly?”  

FEATURE PHOTOGRPAHY, DAILY

 

Daily Newspaper, circulation more than 250,000 

 

Nam Huh, Associated Press, “Tornado Troubles”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Joseph P. Meier, SouthtownStar, “Boo Who?” 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Kerrie Kennedy, Simon Perry, Jake Jarvi, Kendall McKinven, John Conatser, Sheridan Road Magazine, “Cafe Society”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Jonathan Gibby, The Chicago Reporter, “Slammed: Photos of juvenile justice”

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast, Nam Huh, Seth Perlman, Paul Beaty, Associated Press, “Occupy NATO”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Matt Marton, SouthtownStar, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

 

DEADLINE REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune “NATO Summit”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Josh Stockinger, Robert Sanchez, Chris Placek, Marie Wilson, JustinKmitch, Jessica Cilella, Staff, Daily Herald, “Two children stabbed to death”

Specialty/Trade

 

Tim Jones, Anastasia Ustinova, Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, “Chicago Teachers Strike Coverage”

 

Online

 

Greg Hinz, John Pletz, Micah Maidenberg, AlbyGallun, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Google moving 3,000 Motorola Mobility jobs, HQ to Merchandise Mart; Rahm’s recruiting efforts pay off with Google; Now comes the real chance for Motorola Mobility; Motorola’s Chicago move leaves Libertyville in a lurch”

 

NON-DEADLINE REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Frank Main, Kim Janssen, Dan Mihalopoulos, Mark Konkol, Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago Under Fire”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Donna Vickroy, Matt Marton, SouthtownStar, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation above 20,000

 

Elly Fishman, Chicago Reader, “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow”

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation under 20,000

 

Maria Ines Zamudio, RuiKaneya, Kate Everson, Kyla Gardner, Kaitlyn Mattson, The Chicago Reporter, “Dying for Attention”  

 

Online

 

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “The shot that brought the projects down” 

 

BREAKING NEWS

 

Online

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Coverage of the NATO summit protests”  

 

Television

 

Joe Kolina, Jennifer Lay-Riske, Allison Rosati, Rob Stafford and Staff

 

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago, “Nato Summit & Protest”  

 

Radio

 

Mike Krauser, John Waelti, Steve Miller, Bob Roberts, John Cody, WBBM staff, WBBM Newsradio, “The NATO Summit”

 

NEWSCAST

 

Radio

 

Pat Cassidy, Felicia Middlebrooks, Josh Liss, Len Walter, Jim Benes, Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “The WBBM Newsradio 8 a.m. newscast”

 

Television

 

Joe Kolina, Jennifer Lay-Riske, Allison Rosati, Rob Stafford and Staff

 

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago, “Nato Summit & Protest, Drew Peterson Verdict, CPS Strike”

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NON-ENGLISH

 

Daily Newspaper

 

Staff ,Hoy, “Three issues of Hoy plus inserts that ran with those editions”

 

NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS, ONLINE

 

Ellyn Fortino, Austin Talks, “Austin aldermen author few citywide ordinances; Emmet elementary parents accuse administrator of misconduct; Austin LSCs elect new members, some schools citywide still looking to fill seats”  

 

DESIGN

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Dan Mann, Chicago Tribune, “The ___ at Illinois; He’s down; Haul mark:22”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “2012 Summer Festival Guide, MaDoNnA, It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing, Unwrap a New Season of Sounds”  

 

 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Erickson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Chicagoans of the Year 2012”

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

JesSpivak, Suburban Life Publications, “Ready for the season? SKYWARN spotters are trained to be the first line of defense against severe weather; Few take up postcard collecting as hobby; and Fundraiser provides rare venue for student artists” 

 

GRAPHICS

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Alex Bordens, Chicago Tribune, “How US topped China; Playing Fields; A game of speed and distance”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Tim Broderick, Daily Herald, “Title IX: Local schools work to bridge achievement gap”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, “Data Dig”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Subsidized housing, Wage theft, Juvenile justice”  

 

           

 

ILLUSTRATION

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Phil Geib, Chicago Tribune, “The toys of summer; Ready to get loose;Lovie’s last”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “Anatomy of a Super Summer, Bet on Black, Summer Concert Guide, Holiday Heavyweights”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Red Nose Studio and Angie’s List Magazine Staff, Angie’s List Magazine, “My Doctor Saved My Life, The Spin on Prices, Chasing the Storm”  

 

EDUCATION REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

David Jackson, Gary Marx, Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune, “An empty-desk epidemic”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marie Wilson, John Leusch, John Radtke, Tara Garcia Mathewson, Patricia Babcock, Staff, Daily Herald, ” Title IX: Four Decades of Fighting for Equality”

 

 

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation above 20,000

 

Ben Goldberger, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Street Fighter”  

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation below 20,000

 

Larry Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, “District 65 Teachers Oppose New Evaluation System”

 

SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

 

Radio

 

Odette Yousef and Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “North Side community pursues local mental health solution through the vote”

 

Television

 

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WPWR-TV, “There is More to Being Gluten-Free”   

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

BowdeyaTweh, LauriKeagle, Vanessa Renderman, The Times, “Fork in the road: ‘Food deserts’ in NWI leave many yearning for access to healthier food”

 

Online Feature Story

 

The Medill Justice Project, “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome”  

 

USE OF VIDEO

 

Online

 

Steve Hendershot, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Want to be the next Michael Bay? There’s an app for that; Better grilling through technology; Managing the info avalanche”

USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

 

Online

 

David Eads, Joe Germuska, Heather Billings, Chicago Tribune, “Crime in Chicago”

 

SPORTS STORY

 

Radio

 

Michael Puente, Derek John, WBEZ, “Weak fan support darkens Sox Success”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Nancy Armour, Howard Fendrich, Martha Irvine, Associated Press, “The Hardest Hit: Famer Tony Dorsett, other ex-players suing NFL, describe negligence” 

 

 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Steve Hanlon, The Times, “His story”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “You Gotta Be Bleepin’ Me!”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Ross Forman, Windy City Times, “EseraTuaolo: Coming back from darkness”

 

SPORTS COMMENTARY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times “A selection of 3 sports columns by Rick Telander”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Pat Disabato, SouthtownStar, “One drink can impair your judgment”

 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press, “Parker’s Promise”  

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Brett Roseman, Chicago Sun-Times, “State Champions”

 

BUSINESS REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “It’s the Economy – a 12-part series on the economy in the election year”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Keith Benman, The Times, “Hitting the roof” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

 

Crain’s Chicago Business Staff, Crain’s Chicago Business, “State of Small Business: Masters of Customer Service”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Lu Ann Franklin, The Times, “Putting their chips on the table”

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Jeff Wilson, Leslie Patton, Tony Dreibus, Elizabeth Campbell, Whitney McFerron, Bloomberg, “Drought”  

 

Radio

 

Chip Mitchell and Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “Wage theft rampant in Chicago car washes”

 

Online

 

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, Better Government.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

 

ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Cassie Walker Burke, Emmet Sullivan, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Fall Culture Guide”

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Holocaust stories, uncovered and re-told”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times, “The last honky tonk”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

DannGire, Daily Herald, “DannGire on Movies”  

 

INESTIGATIVE REPORTING

 

Online

 

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “An empty-desk epidemic”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe, Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, “Playing With Fire”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times, “Children in peril”

 

Radio

 

WBEZ Staff and Center For Public Integrity Staff, WBEZ, “98 Minutes”

 

Television

 

Dane Placko, Robert Herguth News, “Maywood Confidential”

 

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION

 

General-interest publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

General-interest publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Angela Caputo, RuiKaneya, Jonathan Gibby, Safiya Merchant, The Chicago Reporter, “Minor misconduct”  

Community newspaper, circulation above 20,000

 

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press, “Homeless housing”  

 

Community newspaper, circulation less than 20,000

 

Todd Wessell, Tom Robb, The Journal-Topics, “Prisoner Beatings, Fraud, Discrimination, Infidelity Charges Grip Police Department “

 

Business magazine or newspaper, circulation more than 20,000

 

Brigid Sweeney, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Sears-Where America Shopped”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

 

Steven Kotler, Playboy, “Superhuman”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

 

Maria Ines Zamudio, RuiKaneya, Crystal Vance Guerra, Samuel Charles, The Chicago Reporter, “Waiting in Vain”

 

 

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, BetterGovernment.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

 

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

David Kidwell, Bob Secter, Jeff Coen, Kristen Mack, Alex Bordens, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago traffic cameras”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Casey Toner, SouthtownStar, “Sex scandals in District 227”  

 

Non-daily magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

 

David Bernstein, Noah Isackson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers”  

 

Non-Daily magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

 

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Proven: Chicago’s #1 in Corruption”  

 

IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES

 

Radio

 

Alex Keefe, Tony Arnold and Derek John, WBEZ, “The Ghosts of Illinois Pensions: Past and Future”

 

Television

 

Dane Placko and Robert Herguth, WLFD-TV, “Maywood Confidential”

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING

 

Radio

 

Staff, WBEZ, “Race: Out Loud”

 

Television

 

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Russ Sherman, Bill Barth, WPWR-TV, “Experts Talk About Sexual Assault and How to Defend Yourself”  

 

BEST REPORTER, BROADCAST

 

Radio

 

Chip Mitchell, WBEZ, “Chip Mitchell”  

 

Television

 

Paris Schutz, Chicago Tonight, “Black Bloc”  

 

NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY

 

Special/Trade

 

Lorraine Forte, Catalyst-Chicago, “Page 2 Editorials” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press, “Columns by Irv Leavitt”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Bonnie McGrath, Chicago Journal, “Sorting out the new ward boundaries; City boos Walgreens’ booze; Take control of South Loop high schools”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, “Mary Schmich columns”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

William T. McGrath, Daily Law Bulletin, “Gingrich faces eye of the copyright tiger”

 

EDITORIAL WRITING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago teachers strike: a series of 3 editorials,’ Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jim Slusher, John Lampinen, Colin O’Donnell, Colleen Thomas, Diane Dungey, Editorial Board, “Daily Herald, “Pensions: Time for Change”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Not Enough; Gun Control; No More Endorsements”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

 

Ann Dwyer, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Chicago was sold a bill of NATO goods; City can’t abide blind faith in mayor’s trust; State fiddles while smart meters burn”

 

BLOG

 

Individual Blog Post, Independent  

 

John Wasik, Forbes, “Newtown’s New Reality: Using Gun Liability Insurance to Reduce Gun Deaths”  

 

Individual Blog Post, Affiliated

 

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “Here comes another city privatization deal forged behind closed doors, G8 moving to Camp David = one less summit to protest, and UNO’s Juan Rangel does a damn good Chris Christie impression”  

 

Continuing Blog, Independent

 

John W. Fountain III, Austin Talks, “Summer cycle of death continues; Not making a choice is still choosing; Wearing a hoodie has a different meaning and consequence”

 

Continuing Blog, Affiliated

 

David Protess, Huffington Post, “Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance; Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President; Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete”

 

START-UP

 

Staff, “DNA Info Chicago”

 

NEWS WEBSITE

 

Staff, “Chicago Tribune.com”

 

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Ebert & us

The Chicago Headline Club joins all others

in mourning the loss of Roger Ebert. 

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(Roger Ebert accepts the Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from Felicia Middlebrooks, left, with Chaz Ebert at his side.)

 

Bernard Judge, chairman of the Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee in 2011, when Roger received the Headline Club award

The first sentence of Roger Ebert’s obituary will note that he won a Pulitzer Prize, an award he richly deserved. For lack of space that first sentence won’t say that he was an honorable, kind and thoughtful newspaperman who was trusted, respected and a master of his craft. He was so much more but that’s a start.
 

Dann Gire, Daily Herald film critic and a Headline Club board member, speaks for all of us:
 

Chicago has lost a titan. I have lost a colleague and a friend.

Today, as it must to all men, death came to Roger Ebert.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times died today after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Just two days ago, Ebert announced he would be taking a “leave of presence” from his film duties while undergoing radiation treatment for cancer.

Thyroid and salivary gland cancer required several surgeries during the past few years. Doctors discovered the cancer had returned after Ebert fractured his hip last fall.

Many qualities defined Roger Ebert, intelligence, wit, compassion and humor. But if I had to choose a single defining element to describe him, it would be fearlessness.

Utter, absolute, ridiculous fearlessness.

We all saw this quality after he underwent surgery for a cancerous growth in his mouth. The operation removed his lower jaw, took away his power of speech, radically altered his physical appearance, and even affected his ability to walk.

When Ebert recovered and prepared to return to his chair in the last row of the Lake Street Screening Room, all the people who cared about him shouted, “Don’t do it, Roger!”

“They will make fun of your appearance!” they warned.

“You’ll be the butt of jokes on late-night TV!” they screeched.

Ebert replied, “So what?”

Then he wrote stories about his fight with cancer, and published unflattering photos of his post-surgery self, accompanied by a line borrowed from a Martin Scorsese movie: “I ain’t no pretty boy no more.”

Utterly fearless.

Ebert battered down a dark door of societal perception so that others less confident about their physical afflictions might feel more accepted in public.

Long before this, he had already been bustin’ down doors like Eliot Ness on a hooch raid.

This son of Illinois forged a reputation for standing up for himself, and, in a display of his strong Midwestern roots, standing up for others, regardless of the cost.

I am reminded of the time when the Darth Vader of the Sun-Times empire, Conrad Black, dispatched an email to Ebert expressing indignation that the newspaper’s film critic would dare to bite the hand that feeds him, and feeds him quite well.

How well?

In the email, Black mentions the $500,000 the Sun-Times pays its film critic, a fortune for any newspaper journalist writing about the arts. (Ebert later wrote me a note saying the salary was “inflated.”) In the leaked email, Black chastises the critic for accepting his salary, then publicly attacking his boss for such things as failing to maintain the Sun-Times building and making employees low priorities.

Here was the Sun-Times employee with the most to lose, yet Ebert became the first to jump into the trenches and fight for the rank and file.

See? Ridiculously fearless.

I discovered Ebert’s prolific writings as a communications major at Eastern Illinois University in downstate Charleston. Ebert didn’t write like the critics from New York and Los Angeles. His reviews were bold and direct, and, yes, courageous in their analysis. I marveled at the way he custom-crafted leads to capture the essence of each movie he wrote about.

Most critics lecture. Ebert discussed.

In 1975, Ebert teamed with his Chicago Tribune nemesis, the late Gene Siskel, to review movies on television as the hosts of PBS’ “At a Theater Near You.” Neither critic conformed to TV executives’ idea of a telegenic presence. Ebert went on the air with his large horned rim glasses atop a much larger body than he had in recent years. Early on, one critic referred to him as “a block of concrete with headlights.”

Fearless?

Oh, yes, because common TV “wisdom” said that regular-looking print journalists didn’t belong in broadcast, a business run by hair gel and Q-factors. Ebert and Siskel broke down another door by being their print journalist selves, not manufactured TV entities.

Ebert’s most recent brush with fearlessness came much slower, as he transcended the boundaries of film criticism and evolved into Forbes magazine’s “most powerful pundit in America.” He earned the title by providing informed and passionate insights into current events, and by taking on mass media ideological bullies and professional dimwits.

For more than 30 years, I have sat in a small dark room with Roger Ebert, most recently in the Lake Street Screening Room in Chicago’s Loop. Today, a seat in the Lake Street Screening Room remains empty. And the balcony is closed.



Phil Kadnera former Headline Club vice president and long-time board member, also was on the Lifetime Awards selection committee: 


He was Ebert. Just like there was Royko. One name was all you had to say and everyone knew who you were talking about.
 

Roget Ebert made Chicago the center of the movie universe. First as a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist with the Sun-Times and later through his TV show with partner Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, Ebert became the voice that millions of people turned to whenever a new movie came out. And because the moviegoers listened to Ebert, producers, directors and industry executives cared about what he had to say.
 

He raised film criticism to an art form. Every movie reviewer since is judged by that standard.
 

Ebert championed the careers of many outsiders in the movie industry, touted films that would never have found an audience or have been released, and always maintained his independence and integrity.
 

His reviews often transcended film criticism and at their best were literature in miniature. His readers often were educated about scientific theories, philosophers, and given tours to foreign countries that Ebert had visited himself, all in the context of a film review.
 

Ebert’s reviews were unique because if you read them you understood why he liked or disliked a movie, allowing you to form your own judgment despite the number of stars he awarded or a thumbs up or down.
 

Finally, Roger Ebert was one of the giants in the history of Chicago journalism, deserving of a place alongside Royko.
 

His final years of life, during his battle with cancer, were inspiring. He never gave up. He never gave in. He was a great newspaperman. There is no higher praise.

 

Susan S. StevensHeadline Club president when Roger received his award:
 

Roger received a standing ovation when he arrived at the Headline Club Lisagor banquet two years ago to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award. I never was prouder of my colleagues.
 

Roger was an editor at the Daily Illini and I was a freshman reporter when we first met in 1962. He taught me a huge amount about journalism, and I remain grateful 51 years later.
 

In those long-ago days, Roger loved movies but was not a film critic. In fact, we spent one summer double-dating, I with his film critic and him with a different woman almost every week.
 

No. I had nothing to do with Roger being nominated for the Headline Club award. But I am glad he was chosen.

 

Congratulations to our Lisagor Finalists!

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION

Robert Herguth, Dane Placko, David Bernstein, Chicago Magazine, “Maywood Confidential”  

Hoy Staff, Chicago Tribune Graphics Staff, CU-Citizen Access.org Staff,  “Midwest Chronicles: Diversity Flourishes”

Matthew Weinstock, Haydn Bush, Marty Stempniak, Lee Ann Jarousse, Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks, “Fiscal Fitness”  

 

EDITORIAL CARTOON

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, ” And would you have an opinion…; All most got it; Let’s try and stay between the…; Chicago budget; ComEd; Open December 25″  

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business, ” Distressing attack”

Eric Semelroth, Modern Healthcare, ” Immaculate Contraception, Sucker Vote, Debt Collection Nightmare, SCOTUS ACA ruling, Veggie Tale, The Right Path”

 

FEATURE WRITING

Non-Daily, circulation more than 20,000

Steve Bogira, Chicago Reader, “The color of his skin”  

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, “Chicken of the trees”

 

Non-daily, circulation less than 20,000

Christine Kraly, Natalie Battaglia, Adam Music, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, “Inspiring Innovators

series”  

Kate Sosin, Erica Demarest, Bill Healy, Windy City Times, “Generation Halsted: LGBTQ Youth Series”

Jeff Vorva, The Regional News, “One year later, shooting victim happy he chose to live”

 

Online

Dave Hoekstra, Jon Sall, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Giving Soul of Mitty Collier”  

Matt Marton, Donna Vickroy, Southtown Star, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes ” 

Staff, Bloomberg, “Two Recoveries”

 

Television

Roz Varon, Irit Nayden, Steve Erwin, ABC 7, “Interstate Identities”  

 

Radio

Lisa Fielding, WBEZ, “Save the Catlow”

Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan, WBEZ. “The weight of the city’s violence, on one school principal”

Chip Mitchell, Natalie Moore, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “A decade on, coaches try to bridge racial divide”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or more

Elizabeth Campbell, Leslie Patton, Tim Jones, Elliot Blair Smith, Bob Ivry, Bloomberg, ” Income Equality”  

Jared Hopkins, Chicago Tribune, ” Understanding Brandon Marshall ” 

Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times, “Don Vale goes home”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or less

Frank Abderholden, News-Sun, “Age No Obstacle”

Dan Moran, News-Sun, “Holocaust survivor no longer conceals past”

Sarah Tompkins, The Times, ” Paula Cooper: A second chance”  

 

Specialty/Trade

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota”

Kevin B. O’Reilly, American Medical News, “Physician quality: What’s age got to do with it?”

Doug Trapp, Bloomberg, “Health care’s 1%: Who are the chronically costly?”  

 

FEATURE PHOTOGRPAHY, DAILY

Daily Newspaper, circulation more than 250,000 

Tom Cruze , Chicago Sun-Times, ” Luminous Field,’ a preview of an exhibit opening at Chicago’s downtown Millennium Park”

Nam Huh, Associated Press, “Tornado Troubles”  

Brian Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Hurricane Sandy’s winds, waves reach Chicago’s North Avenue Beach” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Joseph P. Meier, Southtown Star   “Boo Who?” 

Rick West, Daily Herald, “Girl With Pig”

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Rob Dicker, Pioneer Press, ” State Champs”  

Kerrie Kennedy, Simon Perry, Jake Jarvi, Kendall McKinven , John Conatser, Sheridan Road Magazine, “Cafe Society”  

Erik Unger, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Burned Out; Into the Woods; The Changing Face of Michigan Avenue ” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Karie Angell Luc, Geoff Scheerer, Marc Alberts, Northbrook Star, “Treat for Taste, Feast for Eyes”

Jonathan Gibby, The Chicago Reporter, “Slammed: Photos of juvenile justice”

Tony V. Martin, The Times, “16 Professionals to Watch”  

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Charles Rex Arbogast, Nam Huh, Seth Perlman, Paul Beaty, Associated Press, “Occupy NATO”  

Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Don Vale goes home”

Rich Hein, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Police haul off NATO protester”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Matt Marton, Southtown Star, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

Joseph P. Meier, Southtown Star, “Drowning”

Mark Welsh, Daily Herald, “Sikh candlelight service”

 

DEADLINE REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Staff, Chicago Tribune “NATO Summit”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Josh Stockinger, Robert Sanchez, Chris Placek, Marie Wilson, Justin Kmitch, Staff , Daily Herald,

“Two children stabbed to death”

 

Specialty/Trade

Julie Johnsson, Jim Polson, Mark Chediak, Benjamin Haas, Bloomberg, “Hurricane Sandy Coverage”

Tim Jones, Darrell Preston, John Hechinger, Anastasia Ustinova, Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, “Chicago Teachers Strike Coverage”

Rebecca Harris, Sarah Karp, Catalyst Chicago, “Chicago Teachers Strike 2012”

 

Online

Greg Hinz, John Pletz, Micah Maidenberg, Alby Gallun, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Google moving 3,000 Motorola Mobility jobs, HQ to Merchandise Mart; Rahm’s recruiting efforts pay off with Google; Now comes the real chance for Motorola Mobility; Motorola’s Chicago move leaves Libertyville in a lurch”

Rose Sobol, Liam Ford, Jeremy Gorner, Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune, “Mystery over Bridgeport arrests: Molotov cocktails or brewing equipment?”  

Chicago Sun-Times Staff , Chicago Sun-Times, ” Drew Peterson Guilty”

 

NON-DEADLINE REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Tim Jones, Elizabeth Campbell, Leslie Patton, Bob Ivry, Elliot Blair Smith, Bloomberg, “Income Equality”  

Frank Main, Kim Janssen, Dan Mihalopoulos, Mark Konkol, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Chicago Under Fire”

Joseph Ryan, Joe Mahr, Fredric Tulsky, John Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, “Debt Spiral”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Donna Vickroy, Matt Marton, Southtown Star, “Haiti: A Nation of Extremes”

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation above 20,000

Elly Fishman, Tony Adler, Mara Shalhoup, Chicago Reader, “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow”

John Lippert, Stephanie Armour, Michael Smith, Bloomberg, “Food Safety: Danger on Your Dinner Plate”

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”  

 

Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation under 20,000

Bob Skolnik, Riverside Brookfield Landmark, “District 96 reversed itself on firing teacher after abuse allegations determined as unfounded”

Gabrielle Weiss, Inside Publications, “Sarah’s Circle hopes facility expansion will grow their role in shaping futures for Chicago’s homeless women”

Maria Ines Zamudio, Rui Kaneya, Kate Everson, Kyla Gardner, Kaitlyn Mattson, The Chicago Reporter, “Dying for Attention”  

 

Online

Megan Cottrell, Melanie Coffee, The Chicago Reporter “No 8’s”  

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “The shot that brought the projects down ” 

Alby Gallun, David Lee Matthews, Crain’s Chicago Business, “The complete guide to Chicago’s condo collapse”

 

BREAKING NEWS

Online

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Coverage of the NATO summit protests”  

 

Television

JOE KOLINA, JENNIFER LAY-RISKE, ALLISON ROSATI, ROB STAFFORD, STAFF, NBC 5 News, “Nato Summit & Protest”  

 

Radio

Mike Krauser, John Waelti, Steve Miller, Bob Roberts, John Cody, WBBM staff, WBBM Radio, “The NATO Summit  “

Linda Lutton, Becky Vevea, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Chicago Teachers Strike: Day One Coverage”

 

NEWSCAST

Radio

Pat Cassidy, Felicia Middlebrooks, Josh Liss, Len Walter, Jim Benes, WBBM Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “The WBBM Newsradio 8 a.m. newscast”

 

Television

JOE KOLINA, JENNIFER LAY-RISKE, ALLISON ROSATI, ROB STAFFORD, STAFF , NBC 5 Chicago, ” Nato Summit & Protest, Drew Peterson Verdict, CPS Strike”

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NON-ENGLISH

Daily Newspaper

Hoy Staff , Hoy, “Three issues of Hoy plus inserts that ran with those editions”

 

NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS, ONLINE

Reema Amin, Austin Talks, “Austin has second most fatal and serious pedestrian accidents; Chicagoland suicide prevention walk largest of its kind; Austin residents ready to fight closures “

Ellyn Fortino, Austin Talks, “Austin aldermen author few citywide ordinances; Emmet elementary parents accuse administrator of misconduct; Austin LSCs elect new members, some schools citywide still looking to fill seats”

Staff, DNAinfo.com Chicago, “DNA Info.com” 

 

DESIGN

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Chuck Burke, Chicago Tribune, “Playing With Fire / Children at Risk / Election Day ” 

Dan Mann, Chicago Tribune, “The ___ at Illinois; He’s down; Haul mark:22”  

Jessica Sedgwick, Chicago Sun-Times, “Portfolio of ‘Splash’ section pages”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Diane Cunningham, The Times, “Best Design: Diane Cunningham”

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “2012 Summer Festival Guide, MaDoNnA, It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing, Unwrap a New Season of Sounds ” 

Travis Kipper, The Times, “Best Design: Travis Kipper”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Bryan Erickson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Chicagoans of the Year 2012”

Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, ” Cover Design”  

Leslie McFarland, Tanja Pohl, Angie’s List ” My Pet’s Vets  “

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Jes Spivak, The Republican, “Ready for the season? SKYWARN spotters are trained to be the first line of defense against severe weather; Few take up postcard collecting as hobby; and Fundraiser provides rare venue for student artists ” 

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Punched, Toying with Danger, Slammed”  

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Reporter, “3 examples”

 

GRAPHICS

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Jonathon Berlin, Carolyn Aler, Ryan Marx, Alex Bordens, Chad Yoder, Chicago Tribune, “Fiscal cliff graphics”

Alex Bordens , Chicago Tribune, “How US topped China; Playing Fields; A game of speed and distance”  

Alex Bordens, Carolyn Aler, Jemal Brinson, Katie Nieland, Ryan Marx, Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune, ” Election graphics”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Tim Broderick, Daily Herald, “Title IX: Local schools work to bridge achievement gap”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Chuck Lazar, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, “Data Dig”

Gregg Runburg, Pensions and Investments Magazine, “Pensions & Investments graphics”

Laura Vergara, Extra Newspapers, “Graphics-by Laura Vergara”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Subsidized housing, Wage theft, Juvenile justice”  

           

ILLUSTRATION

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Joe Darrow, Chicago Tribune, “Lowering the Broom; The Book on Tice; Shrink Rap”

Phil Geib, Chicago Tribune, “The toys of summer; Ready to get loose;Lovie’s last”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “Anatomy of a Super Summer, Bet on Black, Summer Concert Guide, Holiday Heavyweights”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Dave Mosele, The Times, “Geriatric Genius, The World According to Golf, Beach Life Leaves an Enduring Impression” 

Red Nose Studios, Angie’s List Magazine Staff , Angie’s List, ” My Doctor Saved My Life, The Spin on Prices, Chasing the Storm”  

Jamie Ramsay, Time Out Chicago, “The Rahm Report/Road Trips/Rising and shining”

 

EDUCATION REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Joel Hood, Diane Rado, Cynthia Dizikes, Kristen Mack, Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune, ” Chicago Public Schools”  

David Jackson, Gary Marx, Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune,   “An empty-desk epidemic”

Jon Seidel, Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Maine West hazing scandal”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Carmen McCollum, The Times, “Bullying on rise?”

Carmen McCollum, The Times, “Roosevelt left in disarray”

Marie Wilson, John Leusch, John Radtke, Tara Garcia Mathewson, Patricia Babcock, Staff , Daily Herald, ” Title IX: Four Decades of Fighting for Equality”

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation above 20,000

Ben Goldberger, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, ” Street Fighter”  

Steve Hendershot, Owen Hurd, Geoffrey Johnson, Dennis Rodkin, Jennifer Tanaka, Elizabeth

Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Best Public Schools”

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, “Pricing Amy”  

 

Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine circulation below 20,000

Larry Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, “District 65 Teachers Oppose New Evaluation System”

Louisa Murzyn, The Times, “Business Schools Change Course”

 

SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

Radio

Charlie Meyerson, Blogspot, “Charlie Meyerson on science”  

Odette Yousef, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “North Side community pursues local mental health solution through the vote”

 

Television

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WFLD-TV, “There is More to Being Gluten-Free”   

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota”

Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘My stroke at age 30”

Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune, “Indiana Car Plant A Cautionary Tale”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Lauri Harvey Keagle, Bowdeya Tweh, The Times, “Residents pipe up on Enbridge Plan”

Bowdeya Tweh, Lauri Keagle, Vanessa Renderman, The Times, “Fork in the road: ‘Food deserts’ in NWI leave many yearning for access to healthier food”

 

ONLINE FEATURE STORY

Kari Lydersen, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Alden K. Loury, Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Too Young to Die: Examining the loss of a generation “

The Medill Justice Project, “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome”  

David Protess, Huffington Post, “Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance; Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President; Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete;”

 

USE OF VIDEO

Online

Steve Hendershot, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Want to be the next Michael Bay? There’s an app for that; Better grilling through technology; Managing the info avalanche”

Martha Irvine, Jae Hong, Associated Press, “Iraq War Vet Uses Music to ‘Come Home”

Lucio Villa, Chicago Now, ” One undocumented man’s struggle for a new kidney” 

 

USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Online

David Eads, Joe Germuska, Heather Billings, Chicago Tribune, “Crime in Chicago”

Staff, Angie’s List, “Free Preview Issue of Angie’s List Magazine for the iPad”

Staff, Time Out Chicago, “Time Out Chicago tablet app”

 

SPORTS STORY

Radio

Jeff Joniak, WBBM Newsradio,” Joniak’s Journal: Brandon Marshall”  

Michael Puente, Derek John, WBEZ, “Weak fan support darkens Sox Success”

Michael Puente, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “Slots at Illinois racetracks? Don’t bet on it”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Nancy Armour, Howard Fendrich, Martha Irvine, Associated Press, “The Hardest Hit: Famer Tony

Dorsett, other ex-players suing NFL, describe negligence “

Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune, “Iron will – drive, passion and a squirrel”

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press, “No ordinary prospect: Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon High the next big thing since D-Rose”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Steve Hanlon, The Times, “His story”  

Paul Oren, The Times, “The wait for Baby Bart”

Mike Spellman, Daily Herald, “A walk on the wild side with ‘Feherty Live'”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

John Borneman, Pioneer Press, “Schildorfer getting noticed”

Katherine Dunn, Playboy, “Smoke”  

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “You Gotta Be Bleepin’ Me!”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Ross Forman, Windy City Times, “Esera Tuaolo: Coming back from darkness”

Aaron Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “An ace bowler who nailed the 7-10 split”  

 

SPORTS COMMENTARY

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

David Haugh, Chicago Tribune, “Duerson wrong for right cause; A game worth some pain; Duke wins, dignity loses”  

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times “A selection of 3 sports columns by Rick Telander”

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times, “A series of columns on the London Olympics by Rick Telander”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Tony Baranek, Southtown Star, “Coaching Moms Juggle”  

Pat Disabato, Southtown Star, “One drink can impair your judgment”

Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, “Time to Push IHSAA for 3-Class Tourney, Terri Bardeson’s golf, love of Andrean team remain strong as she battles cancer, Gov still trying to conquer Golf”  

 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press, “Parker’s Promise”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Matthew Grotto, Chicago Sun-Times “Wrestling Victory”

Brett Roseman, Chicago Sun-Times, “State Champions  “

Brett Roseman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Catch Me If You Can”

 

BUSINESS REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “It’s the Economy – a 12-part series on the economy in the election year.”  

Bryan Gruley, Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, “Online Furor Over `Pink Slime’ Means Disaster for Meat Innovator”

Mary Wisniewski, Christine Stebbins, Hector Sepulveda, Jim Young, Thomson Reuters, “Midwest farm town, transformed by immigration, thrives”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Keith Benman, The Times, “Hitting the roof ” 

Bowdeya Tweh, Keith Benman, The Times, “1,000 days later”

Roy Strom, The Daily Law Bulletin,   “In-House Counsel series”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

Crain’s Chicago Business Staff, Crain’s Chicago Business , “State of Small Business: Masters of Customer Service”

Susan Chandler, David Bernstein, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Too Big to Fail?”  

Bryan Gruley, Shruti Singh, Bloomberg, “Deere Made-in-America Tractors Plow Brazil Soil as Farms Upgrade”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Lu Ann Franklin, The Times, “Putting their chips on the table”

 

Specialty/Trade

Anastasia Ustinova, Brian Louis, Matthew Leising, Bloomberg, “Peregrine Fraud”

Jeff Wilson, Leslie Patton, Tony Dreibus, Elizabeth Campbell, Whitney McFerron, Bloomberg, “Drought”  

 

Radio

Chip Mitchell, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “Wage theft rampant in Chicago car washes”

Michael Puente, Shawn Allee, WBEZ, “A lot at stake for BP in Whiting expansion”

Staff, WBEZ, “Front & Center: American Dream deferred? Upward Mobility in the Great Lakes”

 

Online

Jason McGregor, Matt Carmichael, Danny Ecker, Allison Riggio, Crain’s Chicago Business, ” The 2012 Employment Series”

Christine Stebbins, Peter Bohan, Reuters, “U.S. farmers seen weathering 2012 drought better than in 1988”  

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, Better Government.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

 

ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Cassie Walker Burke, Emmet Sullivan, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Fall Culture Guide”

Jason Foumberg, Staff , New City, “Art 50: Chicago’s Artists’ Artists”

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago, “90 Minutes on the Rocks”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Igor Studenkov, Chicago Journal, “Chicago teens deal with effects of violence through art”

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Holocaust stories, uncovered and re-told”

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “The Spirit of His Song”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, “CSO in Europe”

Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times, “The last honky tonk”

Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press, “Chicago theatre tax”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Dann Gire, Daily Herald, “Dann Gire on Movies”  

Carrie Rodovich, The Times, “Flashy Rock “

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Online

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, Better Government.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “An empty-desk epidemic”

Staff, Chicago Tribune, “Tribune Watchdog: Playing With Fire”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe, Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, “Playing With Fire”

Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, “Children at risk”

John O’Connor, Associated Press, “Illinois Prisons”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Jake Griffin, Daily Herald, “Suburban Watchdog”

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times, “Children in peril”

Casey Toner, Southtown Star, “A Blemish on Riverdale’s Crown Jewel”

 

Radio

Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Chicago’s best high schools: Who gets in, who doesn’t”

WBEZ Staff, Center For Public Integrity Staff, WBEZ, “98 Minutes”

Robert Wildeboer, Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Grandma can’t accept your calls: Inmates disconnected by phone costs”

 

Television

Dane Placko, Robert Herguth News, “Maywood Confidential”

Andrew Schroedter, Better Governemtn.org and Pam Zekman, CBS Chicago, ” Fox 32 Sheriff’s

Teenage Son Allowed to Play Cop”

 

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION

General-interest publication, circulation more than 20,000

David Bernstein, Noah Isackson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers”

Elly Fishman, Tony Adler, Mara Shalhoup, Chicago Reader, “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow”

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

General-interest publication, circulation less than 20,000

Angela Caputo, Rui Kaneya, Jonathan Gibby, Safiya Merchant, The Chicago Reporter, “Minor misconduct”  

Mary Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, “Pain and Its Aftermath: Two Community Meetings”

 

Community newspaper, circulation above 20,000

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press,   “Homeless housing”  

 Martin Macias, Extra Newspaper, “Green for all?”  

Todd Shields, Pat Krochmal, Pioneer Press, “Fatal bridge collapse a shock to communities”

 

Community newspaper, circulation less than 20,000

Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Northwestern drops Chabad”

Todd Wessell, Tom Robb, The Journal-Topics,  “Prisoner Beatings, Fraud, Discrimination, Infidelity Charges Grip Police Department “

 

Business magazine or newspaper, circulation more than 20,000

John Pletz , Crain’s Chicago Business, “Wired: Chicago lies at the country’s digital center, but maintaining that position won’t be easy”

Brigid Sweeney, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Sears-Where America Shopped”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

Steven Kotler , Playboy, “Superhuman”

Hillel Levin, Playboy, “Officer Finnegan”

Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The $53 Million Bamboozle”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

Maria Ines Zamudio, Rui Kaneya, Crystal Vance Guerra, Samuel Charles, The Chicago Reporter, “Waiting in Vain”  

 

Specialty/Trade

Andrew Schroedter, Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Reed, Barbara Rose, Brett Chase, BetterGovernment.org, “Rescuing Illinois (series)”

Robert Herguth, Dane Placko, Bettergovernment.org, “Maywood Confidential”

Haydn Bush, Hospitals & Health Networks, “Health Care’s Costliest 1% ” 

 

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Jared Hopkins, Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune, “Paid To Stay Home”

David Kidwell, Bob Secter, Jeff Coen, Kristen Mack, Alex Bordens, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago traffic cameras”

Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times, “Milk Money”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, “U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s Recovery” 

Mike Riopell, Daily Herald, “Illinois’ Pension Crisis”

Casey Toner, Southtown Star, “Sex scandals in District 227”  

 

Non-daily magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

David Bernstein, Noah Isackson, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers”  

Crain’s Chicago Business staff, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s First Year In Office: Special Report”

Bill Dwyer, David Pollard, Nick Moroni, Pioneer Press, “Special Report: Testing and proving Chris Welch”  

 

Non-Daily magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

Dan Carden, The Times, “Q & A with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky”

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, ” Proven: Chicago’s #1 in Corruption”  

Gila Wertheimer , Chicago Jewish Star, “622 Rabbis sign for Obama; Roll out of Rabbis for Romney”

 

IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES

Radio

Alex Keefe, Tony Arnold, Derek John, WBEZ, “The Ghosts of Illinois Pensions: Past and Future “

Robert Wildeboer, Cate Cahan, WBEZ,” The crisis hidden inside Illinois’ prisons”  

 

Television

Dane Placko, Robert Herguth, Fox 32 News, “Maywood Confidential”

Andrew Schroedter, Better Government.org and Pam Zekman, CBS Chicago,   “Sheriff’s Teenage Son Allowed to Play Cop”  

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING

Radio

Cate Cahan, Linda Paul, WBEZ, “Is life without parole constitutional for 14-year-olds, like Adolfo? “

Staff, WBEZ, “Race: Out Loud”

 

Television

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Russ Sherman, Bill Barth, WFLD-TV, “Experts Talk About Sexual Assault and How to Defend Yourself”  

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Philip Raymond, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WFLD-TV.  “Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren”  

 

BEST REPORTER, BROADCAST

Radio

Linda Lutton, WBEZ, “Linda Lutton”

Chip Mitchell, WBEZ, “Chip Mitchell”  

 Bernie Tafoya, WBBM NewsRadio, “Bernie Tafoya”

 

Television

Paris Schutz, Chicago Tonight, “”Black Bloc”  

 

NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY

Special/Trade

Damon Adams, American Medical News, “Limit certain patents, not patient care/Tax sugary drinks? Here’s how to spend the money/Autonomy or employment — doctors must not be forced to choose”

Bob Cook, American Medical News, “Editorials, Bob Cook”

Lorraine Forte, Catalyst-Chicago, “Page 2 Editorials” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

Greg Hinz , Crain’s Chicago Business. ” Ward map confusing? Try getting a garbage can; There’s no need to fear-unless there is ; The sign of the season: $$$$$$$$”

Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, “While you were distracted by NATO …, How the Democrats let Derrick Smith shoot them in the foot, and Why Chicago teachers hate Rahm  ”  

Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press, “Columns by Irv Leavitt”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Karie Angell Luc, Marc Alberts, Linda Chappell Smith, Northbrook Star, “Airborne Jugs Made Concert Unforgettable and Ted Nugent Remembers Chicago’s “Woodstock”  

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times, “In Defense of Cynthia Nixon: Why ‘Born This Way’ Doesn’t Matter”  

Bonnie McGrath, Chicago Journal, “Sorting out the new ward boundaries; City boos Walgreens’ booze; Take control of South Loop high schools”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

John W. Fountain, Chicago Sun-Times, “Black-on-black victims could fill our stadiums; We must face hard truths and stop making excuses; When will all this bloodshed end? “

John Kass, Chicago Tribune, “John Kass columns”  

Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, “Mary Schmich columns”  

 

 Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Burt Constable, Daily Herald, “Burt Constable Column”  

William T. McGrath, Daily Law Bulletin, “Gingrich faces eye of the copyright tiger”

Donna Vickroy, Southtown Star, “Adopted boys death leaves memories”  

 

EDITORIAL WRITING

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times, “Chicago teachers strike: a series of 3 editorials,’ Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

Doug Ross, The Times, “Unplug Powers’ dreams of trash-to-ethanol riches”  

Jim Slusher, John Lampinen, Colin O’Donnell, Colleen Thomas, Diane Dungey, Editorial Board, “Daily Herald, “Pensions: Time for Change”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times, “Journalism 101: The myth of objectivity”

Larry Gavin, Evanston Roundtable, ” We Support District 65’s $48.2 Million Referendum: Our Analysis and Views ” 

Douglas Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Not Enough; Gun Control; No More Endorsements”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000

Ann Dwyer, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Chicago was sold a bill of NATO goods; City can’t abide blind faith in mayor’s trust; State fiddles while smart meters burn”

 

BLOG

Individual Blog Post, Independent  

Paul Dailing, 1001 Chicago Afternoons, ” #103: A Blue (Line) Christmas”  

Melanie Coffee , sheswrite.net, “Visiting the Doctor’s Office Reveals Life With Universal Health Care”  

John Wasik, Forbes, “Newtown’s New Reality: Using Gun Liability Insurance to Reduce Gun Deaths”  

 

Individual Blog Post, Affiliated

Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader,  ” Here comes another city privatization deal forged behind closed doors, G8 moving to Camp David = one less summit to protest, and UNO’s Juan Rangel does a damn good Chris Christie impression”  

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, “I remember you,’ Roger Ebert’s Journal”

Yana Kunichoff, Megan Cottrell, Michael McHugh, Melanie Coffee, The Chicago Reporter, “Mental health clinic closures, My city meadow, The other Romney”

 

Continuing Blog, Independent

Paul Dailing, 1001 Chicago Afternoons

John W. Fountain III, Austin Talks, “Summer cycle of death continues; Not making a choice is still choosing; Wearing a hoodie has a different meaning and consequence”

Whet Moser, Elizabeth Fenner, Chicago Magazine, “The 312”

 

Continuing Blog, Affiliated

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Roger Ebert’s Journal”

Rick Kaempfer, The Times, “Talkin’ bout my g-g-g-generation, Skunked, A Knucklehead’s Lament”  

David Protess, Huffington Post, “Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance; Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan’s First Vote for President; Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete”

 

START-UP

John McCarron (teacher), James Mazurek (student) , Zoe Barker (student) , “DePolitics2012.com”

Staff, “DNA Info Chicago, “

 

NEWS WEBSITE

Staff, “Chicago Tribune.com”

Staff,   “NWHerald.com”

Staff, “wellsparkbulldog.com”

 

ANNE KEEGAN AWARD FINALISTS

Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times

Maureen O’Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times

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An Early Peek at the Lisagor Finalists!

We will announce the finalists in this year’s Peter Lisagor Awards competition at 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Billy Goat. 

 

Please stop by (and have a brew) to learn whether you and your colleagues made the cut. Award winners will be announced at the Lisagor banquet Fri. May 3 at the Union League Club. Watch www.headlineclub.org for more details.

Anne Keegan Award

Download the flyer here.

The Anne Keegan Award for distinguished journalism reflecting the dignity and spirit of the common man will be presented to writers whose work appears in print, or on established journalism websites, who tell stories of ordinary people in extraordinarily well-reported and well-written prose.

Distinguished by compassion, character and courage, these stories will give voice to the voiceless while muting the voice of the reporter, benefit from the “eye” more than from the “I” of the reporter, and touch the human heart.

Keegan died May 18, 2011 at 68. Chicago Headline Club pays tribute to her reporting for the Chicago Tribune with this award. Keegan first reported on the little guy while working at the City News Bureau of Chicago. She honed her craft at United Press International before moving to the Tribune’s front page. Her husband, Leonard Aronson, and several of his friends are the inspiration for this award. Colleen Mastony, Tribune reporter, was the first to receive the award in 2011.

No entry fee. Articles may be entered in other Lisagor categories as well. Submit up to three articles to: Michael Miner, 4027 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60613. Or send URLs to mminer43@aol.com. Deadline is Jan. 13, 2017.

To learn more about Anne Keegan, watch this short video on You Tube. Produced by by her husband, Len Aronson, a Chicago documentary maker, it was shown at the inauguration of the “Keegan” award in 2012 as an introduction and tribute to Anne’s exemplary career

 

Enter the 36th Annual Peter Lisagor Awards

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Below are directions for preparing and submitting entries. If you have questions, please contact Aimee DeBat at (312) 553-0393 or chc.spj@gmail.com.

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The deadline for all entries is February 8, 2013.

Chicago Headline Club members pay the members-only contest fee of $30. Nonmembers pay $50 per entry.

Contestants may print an invoice online and submit payment form with a check payable to the Chicago Headline Club at:

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Nominations may be made by the author or by any other person.

Nominees need not be members of the Chicago Headline Club.

Reports must have been published or aired between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

All nominations must meet standards set forth in the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics (spj.org/ethics).

Entries should include all related corrections, clarifications or retractions.

Up to three individuals may be named on a team entry; otherwise the nomination must be made in the name of newsroom staff.

Comments are allowed stating the project’s goals, obstacles and results, or listing contributing staff members.

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