Here at The Chicago Reporter, we love what we do. And every now and then it’s nice to be recognized for it as well. The Reporter won seven Lisagor Awards Friday night honoring our investigations, photography and graphics in 2012.
The awards are given by the Chicago Headline Club, which established them in 1922 to recognize great journalism in Chicago. They’re named in honor of Peter Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News' Washington bureau chief under his death in 1976.
Twelve current former Reporter staffers went home with these Lisagor Awards:
Maria Ines Zamudio won the non-deadline reporting award for her investigation “Dying for Attention," which looked into the cases of dozens of children who were killed by parents and other caregivers not long after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated their cases. Also honored with the award were Rui Kaneya, Kate Everson, Kyla Gardner and Kaitlyn Mattson.
Christine Wachter won in the Graphics, non-daily publication (circulation less than 20,000) category for her graphics for “Subsidized housing, Wage theft, Juvenile justice.”
The investigation “Minor misconduct” won an award for in-depth reporting for a non-daily publication. The story, written by Angela Caputo with the assistance of Rui Kaneya, Jonathan Gibby and Safiya Merchant looked at 17-year-olds charged with felonies who are still sent to adult courts, and why their numbers spiked since the state began treating 17-year-olds facing misdemeanor charges as juveniles.
Photojournalism fellow Jonathan Gibby won the Lisagor for non-daily photography in the "Slammed: Photos of Juvenile Justice" investigation.
Our look into the long delay faced by workers who file wage theft claims in “Waiting in Vain” won the Lisagor award for in-depth reporting for a non-daily publication. Maria Ines Zamudio, Rui Kaneya, Crystal Vance Guerra and Samuel Charles shared the award.
Science, Health, Technology, Environmental reporting
Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Ken Goss, Bill Barth, WPWR-TV, “There is More to Being Gluten-Free”
Public Affairs Programming
Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Jay Sondheimer, Steve Long, Russ Sherman, Bill Barth, WPWR-TV, “Experts Talk About Sexual Assault and How to Defend Yourself”