Best Journalists In Chicago

I'm a week late, but this year's awards for journalism in Chicago came out last week, and the announcement of the big winners comes April 21.

Out of 800 nominations for 60 categories, you'll see some familiar names like Rosalind Rossi from the Sun Times, Linda Lutton and Kati Phillips of the Daily Southtown. There's also a nomination for Veronica Anderson's editorial.  No Banchero, which surprises me.  But then again, I'm not in there, either.

    CHICAGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Finalists have been chosen in the Peter
Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, honoring the work of Chicago
journalists over the past year.
    Winners of the awards will be named from among the finalists in an
April 21 banquet at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago.
Syndicated Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., is the scheduled keynote speaker.
    Pitts, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, has been described
as one of the most emotionally engaging columnists writing today.  This
Washington, D.C.-based columnist for the Miami Herald won the 2004 Pulitzer
Prize in commentary "for his fresh, vibrant columns that spoke, with both
passion and compassion, to ordinary people on often divisive issues," in the
words of the Pulitzer citation.
    The Chicago Headline Club chapter of the Society of Professional
Journalists received more than 800 nominations from Chicago news media in its
29th annual journalism contest.  Judges selected up to three finalists in each
of 60 contests for print, broadcast and online media.
    Three reports will win the Lisagor Award as the judges' sole choice in
their contests: The Daily Southtown for its deadline story "Runway Runaway";
WBBM-TV for its deadline report "Farewell to the Pope"; and WGBO for its
Spanish-language broadcast "Michael's Challenge."
    Society of Professional Journalists chapters in Indianapolis, Miami and
Seattle selected the finalists, which range from in-depth reporting to news
design, photojournalism and lifestyle coverage.  Nominations are evaluated for
such attributes as enterprise, accuracy, scope, style and impact.
    The awards are named for Peter Lisagor, the late Chicago Daily News
Washington bureau chief.  The Chicago Headline Club created the awards in
honor of the White House correspondent, who showed skill and wit as a print
reporter and broadcast news analyst.  Lisagor died in 1976 of complications
from cancer.
    The April 21 banquet begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception.  Pitts will
speak at the dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m.
    Admission is $75.  Advance sales before April 15 are $65; $60 for Chicago
Headline Club members; $600 for tables of 10.
    Find more information on the Lisagor Awards and reserve tickets online
(starting March 28) at , submit questions via
e-mail at or call Pat Kosar at (630) 681-9212.
    The Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta
Chi, bears a time-honored role in journalism advocacy and recognition of
outstanding achievement.  SPJ is a volunteer organization dedicated to
encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of
ethical behavior.
    At the national level, SPJ conducts the Sigma Delta Chi awards contest.
Its programs promote the free flow of information vital to a well-informed
citizenry; inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protect
First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

    Here are the finalists in each Lisagor Awards contest:


     Deadline report, daily newspaper, circulation more than 300,000
     Chicago Sun-Times, Judge Lefkow killings, Staff
     Chicago Tribune, Feds go after City Hall, Staff
     Chicago Tribune, Judge Lefkow killings, Staff, Jeff Coen and David

     Deadline report, daily newspaper, circulation less than 300,000
     Daily Southtown, "Runway Runaway," Staff

     Daily newspaper, in-depth reporting, criminal justice and social issues
     Chicago Tribune, "The New Street Hustle," David Jackson
     Chicago Tribune, "Rethinking America's Prisons," Rex W. Huppke
     The Wall Street Journal, "Good Intentions," Steven Gray

     Daily newspaper, in-depth reporting, politics and government
     Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago city corruption investigations, Tim Novak and
      Steve Warmbir
     Chicago Tribune, "Pipeline to Peril," Cam Simpson
     Chicago Tribune, "Sen. Obama's First Year in Washington," Jeff Zeleny

     Daily newspaper, in-depth reporting, education
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Just Starting School... and Already Behind," Rosalind
      Rossi and Maudlyne Ihejirika
     Daily Southtown, "The Iron Fist of Education," Linda Lutton and Kati
     Small Newspaper Group, "The Hidden Costs of Tenure," Scott Reeder

     Daily newspaper, in-depth reporting, science, health, technology or
     Chicago Sun-Times, "How Polluted Is the City's Indoor Air?," Lori Rackl
      and Chris Fusco
     Chicago Tribune, "The Mercury Menace," Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne
     Chicago Tribune, "The Oreo, Obesity and Us," Jeremy Manier, Patricia
      Callahan and Delroy Alexander Russo

     News column or commentary
     The Beacon News, "Losing Season," Denise Crosby
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Forgotten Heirs," Mary Mitchell
     Daily Southtown, Phil Kadner

     Editorial, daily newspaper
     Chicago Tribune, "Juvenile Injustice," Cornelia Grumman
     Chicago Tribune, "The Road to Iraq," John P. McCormick

     Business reporting, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun Times, "The New Downtown," Staff
     Chicago Tribune, "Battle for the Skies: the Boeing Story," Michael Oneal
      and David Greising
     Chicago Tribune, "Drugmakers Feeling Fakes' Potent Effects," David
      Greising and Bruce Japsen

     Consumer reporting, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, "The Fixer," Stephanie Zimmerman
     Chicago Sun-Times, "The New Math of Dining Out," Janet Rausa Fuller and
      Art Golab
     Chicago Tribune, "What's Your Problem?," Jon Yates

     Lifestyle reporting, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, "It's Getting Harder to Find 'a Guy'," Mark J. Konkol
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Sex on Campus: Hanging Out and Hooking Up," Andrew
      Herrmann and Lori Rackl
     Daily Herald, "Restoring Hope," Joseph Ryan

     Arts reporting & criticism, daily newspaper
     Chicago Tribune, "Stricken Genius," Howard Reich
     Chicago Tribune, "Why New Orleans Must be Rebuilt," Blair Kamin
     Northwest Herald, film reviews, Jeffrey Westhoff

     Sports reporting, daily newspaper
     Chicago Tribune, "The Man Behind the Mean," David Haugh
     Chicago Tribune, "Once-fearsome Boxer in Longest Fight of Life," Michael
     Daily Southtown, "Soxcess: World Series Game 4 Coverage," Staff

     Sports column or commentary, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, Katrina reporting, Rick Telander
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Will Wants to Speak on Her Own Terms," Greg Couch
     Chicago Tribune, "Connecting the Dots," Rick Morrissey

     News photography, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Trapped," Jean Lachat
     Daily Southtown, "Memor1," Brett Roseman
     The Times, "Thin Ice Rescue," John Luke

     Feature photography, daily newspaper
     Daily Herald, "Branson Boys - Living with Cerebral Palsy," Laura Stoecker
     Daily Herald, "Undying Valor," Brian Hill

     Sports photography, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Dejection Time," Scott Stewart
     Daily Herald, "Ouch," Marcelle Bright
     Daily Southtown, "PR Bowl 1," Matthew Grotto

     News design, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, Pope John Paul II special section, Eric White, Craig
      Newman and Nancy Steunkel
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Sex on Campus," Eric White
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Sex Offenders in Nursing Homes," Eric White and Greg

     Feature or sports design, daily newspaper
     Chicago Sun-Times, "Abandoned by My Church," Bryan Barker
     Daily Herald, "The Champs," Mike Smith
     Daily Southtown, "Big Guns," Lisa Lewis


     Deadline report
     Buffalo Grove Countryside, "Arrest in Double-murder," David Kirkpatrick,
      Kimberly Fornek and Amy Le
     Crain's Chicago Business, "Feds Sidetrack Railroad Revamp," Bob Tita
     Health Facilities Management, "Katrina's Wake," Mike Hrickiewicz and Bob

     In-depth reporting, general-interest publication
     Chicago magazine, "The New Trials of William Kennedy Smith," Bryan Smith
     Chicago Tribune Magazine, "America's Best Prosecutor? Jury Still Out on
      U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald," Kirsten Scharnberg
     Chicago Tribune Magazine, "Hiding in Plain Sight," Don Terry

     In-depth reporting, community newspaper
     Residents' Journal, "A Questionable Connection," Ethan Michaeli, Mary C.
      Johns and Beauty Turner
     South Shore Community News, "Sex Offenders in the City," Jeff Kelly

     In-depth reporting, business magazine or newspaper
     Business Week, "The Next Big One," Staff, Joseph Weber and Michael Arndt
     Crain's Chicago Business, "The Billionaire Next Door," Steven R. Strahler
      and Steve Daniels
     Crain's Chicago Business, "Darth Tater Gets Fresh," Julie Jargon

     In-depth reporting, trade or specialty magazine, newspaper or newsletter
     Chicago Reporter, "Lives in Limbo," Sarah Karp, Kimbriell Kelly and
      Stacie Williams
     Chicago Reporter, "Money Talks," Kimbriell Kelly, Stacie Williams and
      Frank Life
     Chicago Reporter, "No Sure Thing," Sarah Karp, Robert VerBruggen and Rupa

     News column or commentary
     Chicago Reader, "The Works," Ben Joravsky
     Forest Park Review, "Soliciting Vendors,"  "Homerule"  and "Subpoenas,"
      Bill Dwyer
     Newcity, "Requiem for a Dream: Marshall Field's Last Christmas," Brian

     Catalyst Chicago, "Game of Chance Would Do a Better Job," Veronica
     Hyde Park Herald, editorials, Brian Wellner
     Modern Healthcare, "A Long Sad Week," "In a Galaxy Not So Far Away ... ,"
      "Darwin Would Cringe," Neil McLaughlin

     Business reporting, general-interest publication
     Chicago magazine, "Foul Trouble," Shane Tritsch
     Chicago Tribune Magazine, "Christie Hefner's XXX-ecutive Decision," Greg

     Business reporting, community newspaper
     Chicago Journal, columns, Bonnie McGrath
     Chicago Journal, "Taqueria Trinity," Max Brooks
     Pioneer Press News-Star, "Measuring Up," Angela Caputo

     Business reporting, business magazine or newspaper
     ABA Journal, "When Home Comes to Work," Margaret Graham Tebo
     The Chicago Reporter, "Final Frontier," Kimbriell Kelly
     Crain's Chicago Business "Drive-thru Coffee Clash," Julie Jargon

     Business reporting, trade or specialty magazine, newspaper or newsletter
     ABA Journal, "Who is a Partner?," Martha Neil
     Hospitals & Health Networks, "The Disaster after the Disaster," Mike

     Lifestyle reporting
     Chicago magazine, "Betting Her Life," Bryan Smith
     Chicago magazine, "House of Cards," Bryan Smith
     Chicago Tribune special section, "The Long Journey of Judge Joan Lefkow,"
      Mary Schmich

     Arts reporting & criticism
     Chicago Reader, "Boy Wonder," Tasneem Paghdiwala
     Chicago Reader, "The Godfather of King Drive," Bob Mehr
     Chicago Tribune Magazine, "From Rags to Riches: Musical Genius Reginald
      Robinson," Howard Reich

     Sports reporting
     Chicago magazine, "Fore! Fathers," Jim Noyes
     Chicago Tribune Magazine,  "If You've Never Heard of Shani Davis, You
      Will," Philip Hersh
     Chicago Tribune Magazine, "Mongo & Misty: A Love Story," Rick Kogan

     Magazine photography
     No awards

     Newspaper photography
     Crain's Chicago Business, "40 Under 40," Erik Unger
     Pioneer Press, "Brother to Brother Kidney Transplant," Julie Fabiszak

     Newspaper design
     Crain's Chicago Business, "40 Under 40," Thomas J. Linden
     Crain's Chicago Business, "Could You Sell This?," Melissa Phee and Karen
     Crain's Chicago Business, "Power Families," Timothy Mollette-Parks

     Magazine design
     Chicago magazine, "Classic City," Hector Sanchez
     Hospitals and Health Networks, "Fresh Start," Chuck Lazar


     Deadline report
     WBBM, "Lefkow-Humphreys Murders," Staff, Steve Grzanich and Bernie Tafoya
     WBBM, "Metra Rock Island District Accident," Staff, Bob Roberts and
      Bernie Tafoya
     WLS "Elmwood Park Train Crash," Jennifer Keiper

     In-depth reporting or series
     WBBM, "Chicago's Vanishing Neighborhood Bar," Steve Miller
     WBEZ, "Neighborhood Wrestling: When Big Money Knocks," Sandy Hausman,
      Mary Gaffney, Robbie Harris
     WGN, "Adding a Place at the Table," Steve Bertrand

     WBEZ, "Banking the Unbanked," Lex Gillespie
     WBEZ, "Consumer Desire," Diane Richard and Todd Melby
     WBEZ, "Los Chicago Boys," Catrin Einhorn, Julia McEvoy and Mary Gaffney

     WBEZ, "Architecture," Edward Lifson
     WBEZ, Katrina coverage, Rita Coburn-Whack, Adriene Hill and Matthew
     WBEZ, "White Sox Victory," Billy Lombardo, Adriene Hill, Matthew

     Business & consumer reporting
     National Public Radio, "Internet Lottery for Illinois?," Cheryl Corley
     WBBM, "Marshall Field's," Staff
     WBEZ, "United Pensions," Catrin Einhorn

     Lifestyle reporting
     WBEZ, "Follow the Money," Linda Paul, Cate Cahan and Jason Reblando
     WBEZ, "Leaping into the Sky," Lynette Kalsnes
     WBEZ, "Zoppe Circus," Linda Paul and Aurora Aguilar

     Arts reporting & criticism
     WBEZ, "Architecture is Music; As in, the Rhythm of a Facade," Edward
      Lifson, Tim Samuelson and Jenny Lawton
     WBEZ, "Thrill is Gone: The Return of the Checkerboard Lounge," Sonari
      Rhodes Glinton
     WBBM, "Vlasta," Steve Miller

     Sports reporting
     WLS, White Sox World Series, Staff
     WBEZ, "Senior Basketball," Matt Cunningham


     Deadline report, television
     WBBM, "Farewell to the Pope," CBS 2 News Team

     In-depth reporting or series
     CNN, "Big City EMS Boss," Keith Oppenheimer, Grace Ramirez and Kevin
     WMAQ, "Gone in a Flash," Lisa Parker, Robin Green and Mark Ringo
     WMAQ, "The Voices and Faces Project," Carol Marin, Don Moseley and Mark

     WBBM, "Challenges and Triumphs: Jim Mullen Reports," Jim Mullen, Edie
      Kasten and Marda LeBeau
     WTTW, "Chicago Stories, 1969," Jay Shefsky and Rich Samuels
     WTTW, "Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender," Barbara E. Allen,
      Patricia Lofthouse and Paul Buckner

     Business & consumer reporting
     WBBM, "Bidder Beware," Pam Zekman, Simone Thiessen and Carolyn Broquet
     WFLD, "Before You Pick a Locksmith," Larry Yellen, Diane Carbonara and Ed
     WMAQ, "Cold Reality," Lisa Parker, Robin Green and Mark Ringo

     Lifestyle or sports reporting
     WFLD, "Caught in the Cross-hairs," Mark Saxenmeyer, Rich Stuckey and Lou
     WLS, "Jailhouse Hip-Hop," Kevin Roy, Jim Mastri and Irit Nayden
     WTTW, "The Team That Changed The World," Teamworks Media Staff

     WGN, "The Bears of Katmai," Tom Skilling, Pam Grimes and Steve Scheuer
     WGN, "Boys of Summer," Pam Grimes and Mike D'Angelo
     WGN, "Chalk Talk," Pam Grimes and Steve Scheuer


     Deadline report
     Associated Press, "Midway Accident," Carla K. Johnson, Mike Colias and
      Charles Rex Arbogast
     High Definition News, "Katrina Rescue," Andrew Horansky and Robert Ray

     In-depth report or series
     Associated Press, "Cleaning Contracts," John O'Connor
     Associated Press, "Clear and Present Danger," John O'Connor, "Trump Cam," Staff

     Associated Press, Arts criticism, F.N. D'Alessio
     The Glenview Watch, Sandy Hausman, Dean Schott and Mary Sacoff
     Slate, "The Dismal Science," Austan Goolsbee

     Business & consumer reporting
     Associated Press, "Gambling on Casinos," Ryan Keith, Maura Kelly Lannan
     Bloomberg News, "UAL Workers Delay Retirement, Trim Expenses as Pension
      Ax Looms," Lynne Marek, Lisa Leiter

     Features or sports reporting
     Associated Press, "Golden Tee," Mike Colias
     Associated Press, "War Memorial Church," Don Babwin
     Associated Press, "Winning White Sox," Staff

     News photography
     Associated Press, "White Sox Playoff Winners," Staff
     Chicago Tribune, "Liberia: Innocence Lost," Kuni Takahashi, Chicago
      Tribune staff and staff
     Crain's Chicago Business, "40 Under 40 Online Slide Show," Erik Unger,
      Linda Nelson and Michael McHugh

     Web Design
     Chicago Tribune, "Crossing borders," staff and Chicago
      Tribune staff
     WBEZ, "Follow the Money Online," Linda Paul, Jason Reblando and Julia


     Media collaboration
     ABA Journal, "Judges in the Culture Wars Crossfire" Martha Neil, Terry
      Carter, George Hodak
     WBBM-TV and The Naperville Sun, "Good Gifts Gone Bad," Dave Savini,
      Michele Youngerman and Kathy Cichon
     Chicago Tribune, "The Mercury Menace," staff and
      Chicago Tribune staff

     Editorial cartoon, all media
     Chicago Sun-Times, Jack Higgins
     Crain's Chicago Business, Roger Schillerstrom
     Daily Herald, Brian Kelly

     Spanish-language print
     No awards

     Spanish-language broadcast
     WGBO, "Michael's Challenge," Avaro Visiers and Mario Carrasco


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