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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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