LISAGOR WINNERS! PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to our 2011 Lisagor WINNERS!


CHICAGO – The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, today announced the winners of its 2011 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner before nearly 350 people at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday, May 4, 2012.  

 

Headlining the awards ceremony honoring the best in Chicago journalism were the Lifetime Achievement Awards given to NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell.  Chicago Tribune reporter Colleen Mastony received the first annual Anne Keegan Award for Reporting on the Little Guy.  One of the featured stories in her submission was a heart-warming profile of Oak Park River Forest High School head wrestling coach Mike Powell who despite a debilitating muscle disease continues to coach and inspire his athletes both on the mat and in life.  Dinner guests watched a video honoring Keegan and her work: 


 

And the 2011 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting went to David Jackson and Gary Marx of the Chicago Tribune, for their “Fugitives From Justice” series.  Their series exposed flaws in the U.S. justice system that helped fugitives cross America's borders and avoid capture.  This standout series helped bring some of the fugitives to justice.  


Members also helped elect the Chicago Headline Club's new officers and board members. They include: 


 

7 Executive Board Members

Alden Loury, President
Fernando Diaz, President-elect, VP-FOI
Rummana Hussain, VP-Membership
Odette Yousef, VP-Programs
Flynn McRoberts, Treasurer
Susan Stevens, Secretary
Steve Franklin, immediate past president, ex officio


8 Board Members serving through June 2013 --

Kristen Schorsch, Healthcare reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
Suzanne McBride, Associate chair, journalism dept., Columbia College
Beth Konrad, Professor, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago
Robert Elder, managing editor, DNAinfo.com
Anna Tarkov, freelancer and media consultant

Amy Lee, freelance journalist

Lolly Bowean, Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Felicia Middlebrooks, Morning anchor, WBBM Newsradio


8 Board Members serving through June 2014  --

Randi Belisomo, reporter, WGN-TV
Abdon Pallasch, Political reporter, Chicago Sun-Times
Jon Seidel, Staff writer, Sun-Times Media
Howard Dubin, Chairman/treasurer, Manufacturers' News Inc.

Dann Gire, Film critic, Daily Herald
Tracy Schmidt, Training & Strategy Director, Crain's Social Media Group at Crain Communications

Hugh Dellios, The Associated Press

Angela Caputo, The Chicago Reporter

 

The winners in the Lisagor categories were:

 

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION

 

Robert Herguth and Patrick Rehkamp, Better Government Association, Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News, Mark Suppelsa, WGN-TV, Marsha Bartel, WGN-TV, “ Credit Card Crackdown”

 

EDITORIAL CARTOON

 

Roger Schillerstrom, Crain’s Chicago Business “Reelect Obama; O'Hare expansion plans; Illinois Pension Fund deficit; Chicago; Blago testifies; Illinois Secretary of State Department pay raises”

 

FEATURE WRITING

 

Non-daily, circulation more than 20,000 

 

Bryan Smith, Chicago Magazine, “The Longest Wait’’

 

Non-daily, circulation less than 20,000

 

Amanda Robert, Chicago Lawyer, “Legal implications exist for food trucks to find success”

 

Online

 

Staff, The Red Line Project, “10 Remember 9/11”  

 

Television

 

Gia M. Amella, Allison Flexner, Giuseppe Mangione, Bill Wunner, Sheri England, Tony Whaley, Modio Media, “Terror in Tuscany: World War II Atrocities”

 

Radio 

 

Rob Wildeboer and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Whatever happened to Marcus?”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or more

 

Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune, “A Family Vision”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 or less

 

Catherine Ann Velasco, The Herald-News, “An Incredible Bond”

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Howard Larkin, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, “Smart Money Management”  

 

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press, “Millennium Fog”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jonathan Miano, The Times, “Air Show”  

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Kerrie Kennedy, David Leslie Anthony, Melissa Miller, Jake Jarvi, Sheridan Road Magazine, “A Nutcracker Fantasy” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Joe Gallo and Jason Reblando, The Chicago Reporter, “Secure Communities”

 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Kiichiro Sato, Paul Beaty, Charles Rex Arbogast and M. Spencer Green, Associated Press, “A Blizzard Slams The Windy City”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jonathan Miano, The Times, “Military couples: Strength through separation”

 

DEADLINE REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Michael Tarm, Karen Hawkins, Don Babwin, Associated Press, “Blagojevich Testimony (series of 3): Blagojevich takes the stand at corruption trial, launches campaign to win over jury with charm”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Staff , Daily Herald, “Walloped”  

 

Non-daily publication

 

Bethany Krajelis, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “BlackBerry outage affects lawyers and law firms”  

 

NON-DEADLINE REPORTING

 

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press, “Immigration Limbo”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Casey Toner and Lauren FitzPatrick, SouthtownStar, “Country Club Hills' woes”

 

BREAKING NEWS

 

Online 

 

Carlos Sadovi, David Elsner, Jeremy Gorner , Daniel Haar, Andrew Zuick and Liam Ford, Chicago Tribune, “The Beating of Brian DeLeon”

 

Television

 

Joe Kolina, Rob Stafford, Jennifer Lay-Riske, Allison Rosati, Carol Marin, Mary Ann Ahern, Natalie Martinez, Stefan Holt, Alex Perez, Phil Rogers, Don Moseley and 10 p.m. News Team WMAQ-TV, “Blagojevich Verdict”  

 

Radio

 

Steve Grzanich, Bob Roberts, Bernie Tafoya , Steve Miller, WBBM Staff, WBBM Newsradio, “Blizzard!”  

 

NEWSCAST

 

Radio

 

Steve Grzanich, Keith Johnson, Duane Gray, Joe Collins, Susan Glick  and Jeff Joniak, WBBM Newsradio, “ 4 p.m. newscasts, Feb. 1, June 27 and July 12, 2011” 

 

Television

 

Late Newscast 

 

Joe Kolina, Jennifer Lay-Riske, and 10 p.m. News Team,  WMAQ-TV, “Blizzard 2011, Blagojevich Verdict, Off-Duty Officer Killed”

 

NEWS WEB SITE

 

Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NON-ENGLISH

 

Daily newspaper

 

N/A

 

Non-daily publication, under 20,000

 

Clemente Nicado, Ron Reason, Carolina Garcia, Kelly Yelmene, Alejandro Yanun, Elvira Collins, Brian Morowczysnki, Negocios Now

 

Television

 

Noticiero Telemundo Chicago

 

NEIGBORHOOD/COMMUNITY NEWS, ONLINE

 

Staff, TribLocal.com

 

DESIGN

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

James Smith, Chicago Sun-Times, “James Smith entry No. 2: 3 examples of page design by James Smith”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Scott Helmchen, Northwest Herald, “Pests dé resistance, Hero worship, Hallows goodbye, Dawn breaks” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Stephanie Gladney, Time Out Chicago, “UPTOWN STORY; Changing of the GUARD; YOUR PERFECT PRIDE”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Loopholes, Empty Jackpot and The Allure of Secure”  

 

GRAPHICS

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Greg Good, Chicago Sun-Times

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000 

 

Dave Lemery, Northwest Herald, “Bailed-out Banks; Steps of foreclosure; The War in Iraq”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Karen Freese, Crain’s Chicago Business, “The State of Small Business: It's a small business world”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Christine Wachter, The Chicago Reporter, “Double whammy, On their way out, Securing the country from immigrants”

 

ILLUSTRATION

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Rick Tuma, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Tribune Monday Business Profile”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Staff, Hoy, “¿Quién será?; Ficción y realidad; A donde vamos; Todos Ponen”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Red Nose Studio and Tanja Pohl, Angie’s List Magazine, “Angie's List Magazine cover illustrations”

 

EDUCATION REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Diane Rado and Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune, “School bosses' windfall”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, “Impulse - What drove Angel Facio to stab his teacher, and series”

 

SCIENCE, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

 

Radio

 

Dan Weissmann and LaCreshia Birts, WBEZ, “A neuro-economist explains the latte dilemma: Are you really gonna pay $4 for coffee?”   

 

Television

 

Ash-har Quraishi, Mike Prendergast, Basma Babar-Quraishi, Linda Fox and Tom Siegel, Chicago Tonight - WTTW, “Great Lakes Invasion”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Environment Exclusives”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Bowdeya Tweh, The Times, “Wellspring of opportunity? Environmental concerns fueling struggle over use of oil sands from Canada/ Impact stretches beyond refinery gates/Drawing a line over refining oil sands”  

 

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE PRESENTATION

 

Online

 

David Yanofsky, Cam Simpson and Flynn McRoberts, Bloomberg News, “Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Organic Cotton”

 

USE OF VIDEO

 

Online

 

Lance Booth, Northwest Herald, “Beyond the Game” 

 

USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY 

 

Online

 

Alex Bordens, Brian Boyer and Joe Germuska, Chicago Tribune, “2011 Illinois school report cards” 

 

SPORTS STORY

 

Radio

 

Jeff Joniak, WBBM-AM, “Joniak's Journal: Amobi Okoye” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

 Mark Konkol, Chicago Sun-Times, “Worst. Season. Ever.”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Jim Owczarski,  Beacon News, “Court Redemption”

 

 Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Steve Oney, Playboy, “The Fighter” 

 

SPORTS COMMENTARY

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times, “Murray Park: Can Heaven Still Be Found on a Playground?”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald, “Barry Rozner Columns” 

 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Tom Cruze, Chicago Sun-Times, “Harness Racing”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

John Starks, Daily Herald, “Reflective wrestling”   

 

BUSINESS REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jared S. Hopkins,  Chicago Tribune, “Wrigley Rooftops Health Inspections”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Keith Benman, The Times, “Utility, regulator planned to 'party'/NiSource exec may get axed/ NiSource Inc. director to retire after perks offer”  

 

Television

 

Leah Hope, Richard Hillengas, Jim Mastri, Casey Klaus, Annie Esp and Jeff Freeman,  

 

WLS-TV, “Special Segments: Leah Hope” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Gruley and Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg News, “Sony With Stringer Era Waning Searches for Hit as Payoff Year Eludes Grasp”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Angela Caputo, Kimbriell Kelly, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Louis McGill, The Chicago Reporter, “Loopholes”

 

Specialty/Trade

 

Megan Cottrell, Rui Kaneya, Samuel Charles, Dylan Cinti, Caitlin Huston and Alexis Pope, The Chicago Reporter, “Fishing for business”   

 

Radio

 

Tony Arnold and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “United Airline's move downtown leaves suburban land behind”

 

Online

 

Katie Karpowicz, James Mazurek, Alaina Africano and Sarah Vonnegut-Gabovitch, The Red Line Project, “Business Ties: The State of Business Along Chicago's Red Line” 

 

ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Jonathan Lethem, Playboy, “Kovacs's Gift” 

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Aaron Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star, “Henry Miller & The Jews” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Miriam DiNunzio, Chicago Sun-Times, “Standards, by Singers Who Aren't”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Matt Arado, Daily Herald, “Lollapalooza”   

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

 

Online

 

David Jackson, Brian Boyer, Gary Marx, Emily Chow, Abel Uribe and Steve Rosenberg, Chicago Tribune, “Across the Border/Beyond the Law” 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Jason Grotto, Ray Long, Jodi S. Cohen and Joe Germuska, Chicago Tribune,  Marsha Bartel and  Mark Suppelsa, WGN-TV, “Pension Games”  

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times, “Casting concern/Senator: Make schools off-limits”  

 

Radio

 

Rob Wildeboer and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “What a police camera did NOT record”   

 

Television

 

Mark Suppelsa, Marsha Bartel, Jason Grotto, Ray Long and Jodi S. Cohen, WGN-TV, “Pension Games”   

 

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION

 

General-interest publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader, “The grass gap; What is pot prosecution good for?; The $78 million bag; The Politics of Pot”  

 

General-interest publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Angela Caputo, Kimbriell Kelly, Dylan Cinti and Alexis Pope, The Chicago Reporter, “Out at first”   

 

Community newspaper, circulation less than 20,000

 

Staff, Windy City Times, “AIDS @ 30”  

 

Business magazine or newspaper, circulation more than 20,000

 

William Henderson and Rachel Zahorsky, ABA Journal, "Paradigm Shift"

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000

 

Bryan Smith, Chicago Magazine, "Loss of Innocence”

 

Magazine or magazine section, circulation less than 20,000

 

Angela Caputo, Kimbriell Kelly, Phil Jacobson, Samantha Winslow, The Chicago Reporter, “Without a smoking gun”  

 

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT REPORTING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Steve Warmbir, Chicago Sun-Times, “Corruption in Cicero”

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Casey Toner and Lauren FitzPatrick, SouthtownStar, “Country Club Hills' woes”

 

IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY OR SERIES

 

Radio

 

Rob Wildeboer and Cate Cahan, WBEZ, “Under the Gun: Murder in Chicago and Toronto”

 

Television 

 

Randi Belisomo and Adam DeBacker, WGN-TV, “Journey to Haiti (three-part series)”

 

Specialty/Trade

 

 Sarah Karp, Catalyst Chicago, “The Right Move?”   

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING

 

Radio

 

WBEZ Staff, “Cops and Neighbors” 

 

Television

 

Tasha Ransom, Kimbriell Kelly, Nancy Langfels, Jay Sondheimer, Suzanne Dumetz-Cole and Russ Sherman, WPWR-TV and The Chicago Reporter “Living with ADHD”

 

BEST REPORTER, BROADCAST

 

Radio

 

Bernie Tafoya, WBBM Newsradio

 

Television

 

Paris Schutz, WTTW 

 

NEWS COLUMN OR COMMENTARY

 

Specialty/Trade 

 

Neil McLaughlin, Modern Healthcare

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Pension Math; The center gives; To win in Springfield, CME should fix pitch”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Irv Leavitt, PioneerLocal, “1) Oh, the humanity !, 2) From Black Friday to Greed Thursday, 3) Haggis and rugby ? Scrum-tious”   

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000

 

Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

Phil Kadner, SouthtownStar, “Phil Kadner's columns” 

 

EDITORIAL WRITING

 

Daily newspaper, circulation more than 250,000 

 

John McCormick, Chicago Tribune 

 

Daily newspaper, circulation less than 250,000

 

David Rutter, SouthtownStar, “SouthtownStar Editorials”  

 

Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000

 

Joe Cahill, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Stop playing favorites with tax money; Moto sale shows folly of special tax breaks; Formula for failure: all self-interest, no sacrifice”

 

Non-daily publication, circulation less than 20,000

 

Jerry Moore, The Berwyn Life, “Know-nothings costing more than they should; Pesek must resign from D-201 board; Legislative scholarship program must end now”

 

BLOG

 

Independent

 

Melanie Coffee, She’s Write, “Being Brown in the Suburbs, No Burnt Crosses, but a Few Cross Looks 

 

Affiliated 

 

David Protess, Huffington Post, “1. Guilty Until Proven Innocent 2. The Murder of Innocence 3. A Prosecutor's True Calling”   

 

START-UP


Staff, The Red Line Project



The Chicago Headline Club also announced the recipient of the $2,500 Les H. Brownlee Scholarship to a Chicago-area journalism student – Daniel Smrokowski of Roosevelt University and two $2,500 scholarships for journalism students who will have unpaid summer internships in the Chicago area – Abigail Kleckler of Loyola University and Julie Kliegman of Northwestern University.