Louisville chapter hosts Campaign 2016: What a Wild Ride!

Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium

University of Louisville

7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25

The 2016 presidential campaign has dominated the news for months – and will likely continue to do so as the November election gets closer. The Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville Pro Chapter, will host a panel discussion on the election on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium at the University of Louisville beginning at 7 p.m. (Directions; Map showing parking areas)

With no clear frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and perhaps several contenders for the Democratic nomination, there’s lots to discuss and consider with the upcoming election. The Republican party caucus in Kentucky will be the first test in the Commonwealth of the strength of GOP candidates. That’s set for March 5. The Democratic primary is set for May, as are both Republican and Democratic primaries in Indiana.

Which way will Kentucky go? Will Trump run as a third party candidate? Is Hillary Clinton a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination – or will Bernie Sanders truly challenge her? How does the political landscape differ between Indiana and Kentucky – or does it?

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jasmine Farrier, an associate professor of political science at University of Louisville. Panelists will be:

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by SPJ, Louisville Pro Chapter, the University of Louisville School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communications and The Cardinal, which is the student-run newspaper at the University of Louisville. For more information about the SPJ Louisville Pro chapter, visit our web site, www.spjlouisville.org.

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Chicago Headline Club extends Lisagor Award contest statewide


CHICAGO, November 23, 2015 – Journalists, critics and bloggers from across Illinois will be eligible for the first time to compete this year for the prestigious Lisagor prizes awarded by the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the U.S.

The awards for exemplary journalism, named after Peter Lisagor, a former Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Daily News, have been presented by the Headline Club since 1977. Their purpose is to inspire journalists to follow Lisagor’s example of excellence.

Until this year, the awards were limited to nominees based in Chicago and northwest Indiana. The Headline Club now is extending its recognition to the best journalism from the full state of Illinois in 2015.

“This is a state that needs and produces superb journalism, and those efforts need to be highlighted and encouraged,” said Odette Yousef, Headline Club president and a reporter at WBEZ 91.5FM.

Lisagor was an influential newspaper correspondent and columnist in the 1960s and ‘70s who regularly appeared on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. When he won a Peabody Award in 1973, the organization called him a “master of incisive interrogation” and said he was inspired by an editor who advised reporters to “walk down the middle of the street and shoot the windows out on both sides.”

The Lisagor contest includes 128 awards in seven categories, including general interest, broadcast TV and radio, both daily and non-daily print, online, specialty/trade and documentaries. The Headline Club added two new awards this year: Best Data Journalism and Best Design.

The club also awards three special prizes: The Watchdog Award, for excellence in public interest reporting; The Anne Keegan Award, named after a former Chicago Tribune reporter who highlighted the plight and achievements of the common man; and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations must be received online by January 11, 2016, for work between January and December, 2015. Nominated work should be entered online at either headlineclub.org or betternewspapercontest.com.

The 39th annual Lisagor Awards presentation and dinner will be Friday, May 6, 2016, at The Union League Club of Chicago. Finalists will be named in mid-March.

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Reporting on Fracking Conference Nov. 6 at Berea College

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A “Reporting on Fracking” conference is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Communication and student chapter Society of Professional Journalists and Berea College’s Department of English.

A full-day of information and reporting tips from government, industry, and environmental leaders along with journalists covering environmental issues will be offered. Speakers will include: Brandon Nuttall, Kentucky Geological Survey; Erica Peterson, WFPL-Louisville Public Media; Kim Collings, executive director, Kentucky Division of Oil; Amanda Womack, freelance science writer and member Society of Environmental Journalists; Lisa Bicknell, editor, Citizen Voice and Times; Andrew McNeill, executive director, Kentucky Oil and Gas Association; and Craig Williams, Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

Luncheon speaker will be Alissa Kiedrowski, a public relations professional with a background in crisis communication.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the first session at 9 a.m. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. The final session will end at 3:30 p.m.

Cost for the full day of sessions and lunch is only $10. Individuals, business and school groups are asked to pre-register by emailing Dr. Deborah T. Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu or Dr. Kate Egerton at egertonk@berea.edu. Please pre-register by Friday, Oct. 30. Payment will be taken at registration by check made out to Berea College or cash. Business and school groups can make arrangements to be billed by contacting Egerton.

Conference Site and Parking; Tabling by Groups

The conference will take place in the Baird Lounge in the Berea College Alumni Building, #28 on the campus map. http://www.berea.edu/campus-map/files/2015/09/Campus-Map-20150908-web2.jpg

PARKING for visitors is here: https://www.berea.edu/campus-map/visitor-parking/  Parking permits will be available at registration.

DIRECTIONS to campus are here: https://www.berea.edu/campus-map/directions/

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Internship Interview Day in Cincinnati open to Region 5 students

The University of Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ are co-sponsoring the third-annual Journalism Internship Interview Day event Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on UC’s main campus. We’re inviting our local and regional internship partners to participate in this event, which will give journalism students from UC and other area universities a chance to come interview for spring and summer internship placements. The goal of the event is to create a “one-stop” venue to pair up internship site supervisors with college journalism students on the hunt for spring or summer internships.

The hosts are opening the event to students at universities outside the region – so Region 5 students and faculty, take advantage of the invite!Students will be able to sign up on-site for interviews on the day of the event (Sat., Nov. 14), starting at 8:30 a.m.; interview slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-filled basis. Students can sign up throughout the day but are encouraged to show up as early as possible to secure interview times with their desired media outlets. They’ll need to bring print copies of their resumes. The event will be at UC’s main campus in the Tangeman University Center (TUC), in Rooms 400-ABC. Students can sign up for interviews with as many media outlets/companies as they prefer, as long as spots are still available. We’re expecting somewhere between 10-15 media partners, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine, FOX-19, WLWT-TV, WCPO, Cincinnati Refined Magazine, F+W Media, CityBeat, Cincy Chic Magazine, Streetvibes and WVXU.

There is no cost for students to participate in this event. The Cincinnati SPJ chapter has generously agreed to provide funding to cover food costs for the event, and the UC-SPJ chapter will be coordinating the event logistics and student sign-up on the day of the event.

For more information contact jenny.wohlfarth@uc.edu


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The best new apps for online storytelling

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Louisville Pro Chapter’s very popular digital storytelling tools and tips workshop is back! Indiana University Southeast professor Adam Maksl is fresh from the Excellence in Journalism conference with lots more tips and tools to share with you.
Digital tools give us the chance to engage audiences in many more ways than ever possible before. But keeping up with it all can be overwhelming. The tools he’ll share with you are mostly free and apply to a wide range of work, but are especially useful to journalists.
The event will be at the Indiana University Southeast Graduate Center, Water Tower Square, 300 Missouri Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The event is FREE and open to the public.


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Louisville Pro honors contest winners, retiring board members

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Steve York, Kathy Francis and Jim St. Clair were honored for years of service on the SPJ Louisville Pro Board. Photo by Renee Petrina.

The SPJ Louisville Pro Chapter hosted its annual award dinner June 26 at the Bristol in downtown Louisville. Metro Journalism Awards were presented to college students and pros for outstanding work in calendar year 2014.

In addition to giving out awards to winners, the chapter honored several departing board members.

Steve York, Kathy Francis and Jim St. Clair retired from the SPJ Louisville board after years of dedicated service. The chapter asked people who knew them well to toast them and then gave each a small gift engraved with SPJ.

“We really could not have run our chapter over the past few decades without their dedicated service,” said Robyn Davis Sekula, SPJ Louisville Chapter president. “All three have been incredibly dedicated to our chapter and to improving journalism in our community. In particular, we want to honor Jim St. Clair, who has been with our chapter for at least 25 years. We hope that each of them will stay active in our chapter and that we will see them often.”

Thanks to the Detroit SPJ chapter members for judging the entries, as they have done for several years.




FIRST PLACE: Claire Galofaro, Courier-Journal. “Alleged cannibal fell through legal cracks” Judges’ comments: Comprehensive, riveting coverage of gruesome murder — really pulled readers into the life of the killer and his victims.


FIRST PLACE: Laura Ungar, Chris Kenning, Alton Strupp; Courier-Journal. “Heroin, A Rising Scourge” Judges’ comments: These stories bring a heightened awareness to a growing problem that many thought was in the past. This total team effort looks at many of the factors and issues that have been raised by this problem and its effects on the community. The team is to be applauded for this effort.

SECOND PLACE: James Bruggers, Courier-Journal. “The Plight of Trees”

THIRD PLACE: David A. Mann Business First Distillery coverage


FIRST PLACE: Joe Sonka, LEO Weekly. “Abandon ship! Kentucky’s underfunded public pension system” Judges’ comments: Joe Sonka’s plunge into the mire that is state pension underfunding rewarded the reader with a lively explanation of a normally dense subject. Kentucky is in trouble, and he was able to lay out the situation with a balance of light writing and gravitas.

SECOND PLACE: Amanda Beam, News and Tribune. “Surviving suicide”

THIRD PLACE: David A. Mann Business First. “Tale of 3 Cities”


FIRST PLACE: James Bruggers, Courier-Journal. JBS Swift plant coverage Judges’ comments: … Mr. Bruggers presents a chilling and compelling portrait of the inner workings of a slaughter house, highlighting both the tensions from within and those with the broader community. Excellent work all around!

SECOND PLACE: Caitlin Bowling, Business First. “Build a better boss,” “Fermenting a new brand,” “Texas Roadhouse”

THIRD PLACE: Grace Schneider, Courier-Journal. A body of work in 2014.


FIRST PLACE: David A. Mann, Caitlin Bowling; Business First. “Passing the stress test,” “Hospital Check-up,” “Pediatric Prognosis” Judges’ comments:  Well-written and nicely reported, this collection of stories shows a deep and commanding understanding of the region’s health care providers, the challenges they face and the patients they serve.


FIRST PLACE:   April Corbin, LEO Weekly. “Unfair housing,” “The long and short of it,” “An experiment on black women and children” Judges’ comments: Informative. Important.

SECOND PLACE: Caitlin Bowling, Business First. “Lessons in compassion”

THIRD PLACE: Jere Downs, Courier-Journal. “Farm feeds a big need”


FIRST PLACE: Chris Kenning, Courier-Journal. “Terror and triumph” Judges’ comments: This is a story of survival, forcefully told and described by the writer … a vivid tale…yet, written in such a way to allow a reader to almost feel as if he or she were actually there… Definitely movie material.

SECOND PLACE: Chris Kenning, Courier-Journal. “Shark Tracker”

THIRD PLACE: April Corbin, LEO Weekly. “The mirror has two faces,” “Saying goodbye to NC3,” “Sheltered: Louisville homeless share their stories”


FIRST PLACE: Steve Kaufman, Business First. “Cynthia Torp,” “Rob McKinnon,” “Fred Kellams” Judges’ comments: Well-written, intriguing profiles that provided readers looks into the peoples’ lives as well as their businesses.

SECOND PLACE: David A. Mann, Business First. “Stephen Hanson,” “Neville Blackmore,” “Wayne Estopinal”


April Corbin, LEO Weekly. “A Key to the past,” “Dancer Conrad De Chabert,” “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” (Voice-Tribune)

Caitlin Bowling, Business First. “Junior Bridgeman,” “Ghislain D’Humieres,” “Ted Longacre”


FIRST PLACE: Shea Van Hoy, News and Tribune. “Jacobi unfit,” “Body cameras,” “Law Change” Judges’ comments: Well-reasoned and written; clearly taking positions on controversial local issues.


FIRST PLACE: Sara Havens, LEO Weekly. “The Bar Belle” Judges’ comments: This is a laugh-out-loud, funny writer who I would look forward to reading each week.

SECOND PLACE: Al Cross, Courier-Journal. Political columns published in 2014.

THIRD PLACE: David Shabazz, Courier-Journal. “Arguments for accepting the N-word come up short,” “Richard Sherman is not a villain”


FIRST PLACE: Tim Sullivan, Courier-Journal. “Road to Sochi has price for Kentucky Olympian” Judges’ comments: Tim Sullivan’s story on the reluctant Olympian used a nice literary device throughout without overdoing it, and he did a good job of describing the challenges of bobsledding while profiling the subject. It was a smooth and excellent read.

SECOND PLACE: Business First Staff. “Shoe-ins,” “Charting the course,” “The business of the PGA championship”

THIRD PLACE: Jeff Greer, Courier-Journal. A body of work from 2014.


FIRST PLACE: Sam Upshaw, Jr., Courier-Journal. “Fancy Farm” Judges’ comments: Nicely framed shot captures the political divide at the event.


FIRST PLACE: Tim Harris, Business First. “Pegasus Parade,” “Forecastle,” “Derby Spectator” Judges’ comments: First image captures the spirit of the event.


FIRST PLACE: Sam Upshaw, Jr., Courier-Journal. “UK’s Harrison Twins” Judges’ comments: Photo nicely captures the heart-felt emotion of the moment.

SECOND PLACE:   Tim Harris, Business First. “Phil Mickelson,” “Rory McIlroy,” “California Chrome”




FIRST PLACE:   Brooke Timmons, Business First. “How the World Eats” Judges’ comments:  The simple, yet strong use of illustration captures the reader’s eye and draws them into the content without becoming a distraction … In the “Taking the Leap” graphic, the use of simple, clean iconic images was a nice touch.

SECOND PLACE:   Kyle Slagle, Courier-Journal. “Follow the Money”


FIRST PLACE:   Brooke Timmons, Business First. “Art Meets Architecture” Judges’ comments: The use of breakout information to illustrate the key points in these pages make
them easy to navigate and a pleasure for the reader to do so. Clean typography and smart use of color
result in a sophisticated, clean look.

SECOND PLACE: Kyle Slagle, Courier-Journal. “The Paradox of Suboxone”



FIRST PLACE:   Marnie McAllister, The Record. “School plan” Judges’ comments: These stories have kept the issue of school funding and the recent efforts by the archdiocese to make education affordable on the frontburner. The writer keeps the spotlight on those efforts while alerting community of ways to take advantage of this push.


FIRST PLACE: Marnie McAllister, The Record. “Parish takes responsibility” Judges’ comments: Marnie McAllister’s tale of how a parish came to rescue a homeless man, changing the man, and the parish was sweet and interesting.


FIRST PLACE: Wesley Kerrick, The Voice-Tribune. “Keeping Louisville Innovative” Judges’ comments: Wesley Kerrick put together a nice story about how General Electric is trying to innovate in appliances, leveraging local talent by giving them tools and feedback.


FIRST PLACE:   Jessica Able   The Record. “Tek4kids,” “Feeding America,” “Pulsera Project” Judges’ comments:  Lots of good need-to-know information.


FIRST PLACE: Jessica Able   The Record.   “Teacher donates kidney to wounded soldier,” “Prison ministers to Native Americans,” “Trinity students make tombstones for the indigent” Judges’ comments:  The writer has an uncanny ability to make a reader feel empathy for the subjects and the issues raised in these stories. The stories are touching and well written, and at the same time, present teaching opportunities on the issues addressed.


FIRST PLACE: Marnie McAllister, The Record. “Sign language interpreter,” “Organist ready to retire,” “Bridge will be named for Sister of Loretto” Judges’ comments: Heartfelt profiles that show everyday people can have profound impacts on their communities.

SECOND PLACE:   Wesley Kerrick, Voice-Tribune. “The Enduring Power of Faith,” “Turning Passion Into Handcrafted Apparel”   “Nostalgia Lives on at Tickled Pink”


FIRST PLACE:   Marnie McAllister, The Record. “School plan commendable,” “The call to change our lives” Judges’ comments: Well written and clearly reasoned faith-based viewpoints on current issues.

SECOND PLACE:   Jessica Able, The Record. “Leading by example”


FIRST PLACE:   David Shabazz, The State Journal. “Keep newspapers in the classroom” Judges’ comments: Good conversational style and nice examples to make a valid point.


FIRST PLACE:   John Herndon, The Anderson News. “Reliving history,” “Thanks Coach Hyatt,” From Huck Finn to Hall of Fame” Judges’ comments: John Herndon’s coverage of Anderson County sports shows the love and deep knowledge that he has of the community. His stories were fun and memorable.





FIRST PLACE: Mary Chellis Austin, Louisville Magazine. “What’s Mine Is Yours,” “In the Money” Judges’ comments: Mary Chellis Austin took on two interesting slices of life and gave the nuts and bolts of the business behind them. Renting out homes for Derby for stunningly high prices and what happens when you win the lottery. The stories were well written and engaging with fabulous illustrations.

SECOND PLACE: Jenni Laidman, Louisville Magazine. “Risqué Business”

THIRD PLACE: Business First Staff. “CFO of the Year”’


FIRST PLACE: Dylon Jones, Louisville Magazine. “The Portland Puzzle” Judges’ comments:  An extremely well-written piece that transfers the reader – both literally and visually – through this neighborhood while introducing a wonderful lineup of characters and issues.

SECOND PLACE:   Anne Marshall, Louisville Magazine. “Deliver Me”

THIRD PLACE: Arielle Christian, Louisville Magazine. “Where They Don’t Belong”


FIRST PLACE: Jenni Laidman   Louisville Magazine. “He’ll Have Another,” “Made of Honor”, “Counsel for Yesteryear” Judges’ comments: The author’s attention to detail and reporting makes for in-depth, extremely well-written profiles.

SECOND PLACE:   Dylon Jones, Louisville Magazine. “It’s Time for Teddy,” “The End of Striving”


FIRST PLACE:   Kane Webb, Louisville Magazine. “A Cut Above” Judges’ comments: Kane Webb’s narrative of a day in the life of a general surgeon gave deep insight   into the profession, and sped the reader through the dizzying work day breezily and with energy. The effort put into the piece is clear.

SECOND PLACE:   Today’s Woman. “Your Heart,” “Breast Cancer supplement”


FIRST PLACE:   Anne Marshall, Louisville Magazine. “Spectacular Bid?” Judges’ comments: The piece on Allison Lundergan Grimes was well-written and thoroughly reported. Marshall painted a portrait of Grimes on the campaign trail – from a sweaty day at Fancy Farm to a humid visit to the Louisville Zoo… Overall, this was an engaging and interesting piece.




FIRST PLACE: Anne Marshall, Louisville Magazine. “Our Place” Judges’ comments:  Timely. Interesting. Inspiring.

SECOND PLACE: Today’s Woman, “Restoring New Life,” “A Day in Her Shoes”, “Stepping Up Her Game”

THIRD PLACE: Business First Staff. “Business Women First”


FIRST PLACE: Anne Marshall, Louisville Magazine. “A Knight Every Day” Judges’ comments: Anne Marshall’s profile of Kaelin Rybak, Bellarmine University’s long-time scorekeeper and biggest fan, gave a fabulous portrait of how people come to love something and become part of it.


FIRST PLACE: Louisville Magazine. “24-Hour Breakfast,” “Give package,” “Best of Louisville” Judges’ comments:  Louisville Magazine staff did an excellent job with its reports on the region’s philanthropy, its “Best Of” issue and the colorful and appetite-inducing 24 Hours of Breakfast tour of restaurants.


FIRST PLACE:   Jack Welch, Louisville Magazine. “Just Sayin” (January, May, July) Judges’ comments: Nice conversation on topics of interest to the local community.


FIRST PLACE: Mary Chellis Austin, Louisville Magazine. “The Queue for ‘Cue” Judges’ comments:  Juicy, meaty.


FIRST PLACE:   Today’s Woman design team. “Most Admired Woman; 2014,” “How to Throw a First of Fall Party,” “Toppers” Judges’ comments:  The combination of well-executed typography, with appropriately chosen phrases to display, and excellent portraits make this entry dynamite.

SECOND PLACE: April Allman, Today’s Family. “Summer Drinks,” “Helping My Son Find His Passion,” “Make Caramel Corn for Gifts”

THIRD PLACE: Suki Anderson, Louisville Magazine. “Salvation,” “Race Tracking”, “Centennielle: The Belle turns 100”


FIRST PLACE: Louisville Magazine, “Salvation,” “Deliver Me,” “Race Tracking” Judges’ comments: Good coordination with dramatic art.


FIRST PLACE:   Ron Jasin, Louisville Magazine. Derby illustrations Judges’ comments: The illustration technique is colorful and clean. The color choices are sophisticated and the simple drawing style provide for a quick read. Each image works individually as well as a cohesive set. Nice work.

SECOND PLACE:   Carrie Neumayer, Louisville Magazine. “Sunshine for gray skies,” “High on Hemp,” “Caper Escapade”


FIRST PLACE:   Today’s Woman design team. “The Repurpose Issue,” “The Before and After issue” “Hollywood Luxury in Louisville” Judges’ comments: The repurposing edition was particularly impressive, with a clear concept that was cleanly executed.

SECOND PLACE: Today’s Family design team. Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014.


FIRST PLACE:   Mickie Winters, Louisville Magazine. “Where They Don’t Belong,” “Salvation,” “Deliver Me” Judges’ comments: The Camp Spider shots gave readers a window into the world of the homeless. The campfire shot and the inside look at a “camper’s” tent were especially good.

SECOND PLACE:   Tim Harris, Business First. Three Portraits (Ankur Gopal, Ruth Brinkley, Vidya Ravichandran)


FIRST PLACE: Chris Witzke, Louisville Magazine. “Get Your Geek On,” “Super Kids,” “The Queue for ‘Cue” Judges’ comments:  These are “geeks”? A good photographer can use skill to dispel stereotypes and this photo collection succeeds in that goal.

SECOND PLACE: Tim Harris, Business First. “Where millennials live”

THIRD PLACE: Melissa Donald, Anita Oldham, Today’s Woman. “Planning a Derby Party”



FIRST PLACE: Aprile Rickert, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Tales of a lockdown” Judges’ comments:  A great choice to pair a quick, ultra-readable timeline of the lockdown with well-written vignettes about how students and faculty reacted to a very scary situation. This was a much more creative approach than a straight news story about a lockdown.

SECOND PLACE:   Simon Isham, Jacob Abrahamson; University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “The Grove: Unfinished on move-in day”

THIRD PLACE Aprile Rickert, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Learning from Lockdowns”


FIRST PLACE: Melissa Spaide, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “A lifelong battle” Judges’ comments: A smoothly written, engaging story. The writer did an excellent job of taking
readers inside one student’s struggle with a debilitating disease.

SECOND PLACE:   Ethan Smith, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Heroin Abuse in Kentuckiana”

THIRD PLACE: Olivia Krauth, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “Her fault?: Rape Culture at U of L”


FIRST PLACE: Jims Porter, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “I was almost one of them” Judges’ comments: By sharing details about his own suicide attempt, the writer powerfully humanizes mental illness while highlighting the need for reforms to our national mental health care system.   The piece is well-written, descriptive and captivating.

SECOND PLACE:   Nick Amon, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “Heroin injects itself in the veins of U of L”

THIRD PLACE: Joel Stinnett, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Tax dollars flood into creationist’s Ark Park”


FIRST PLACE:   Simon Isham, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “Housing Issue” Judges’ comments:  Creative use of “Monopoly” theme to get the point across subtly- with rental prices listed to get the point across not-so-subtly. Well done!

SECOND PLACE:   Simon Isham, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “Football Preview”

THIRD PLACE:   Bekah White, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. Mental Health cover


FIRST PLACE:   Josh Medlock, Bekah White, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “What to do in a lockdown” Judges’ comments:  Informative. Easy to follow. Timely.

SECOND PLACE: Bellarmine University. Staff of The Concord. “Blake Does College: Stress Relief”

THIRD PLACE:   Bekah White, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “War on wheels”


FIRST PLACE:   Jacob Abrahamson, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “The only gun allowed” Judges’ comments:  Attention grabbing. More powerful than words.

SECOND PLACE: Jims Porter, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Icy campus”

THIRD PLACE:   Shelby Orange, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Graduation Cap”


FIRST PLACE: Noah Allison, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “The All-American man just keeps getting better.” Judges’ comments: An interesting profile of a collegiate athlete who is poised to be a superstar. Strong, catchy writing makes this an enjoyable read.

SECOND PLACE: Mary Kate Hailer, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Joe Glover: From high school press box to college athletics director”

THIRD PLACE:   Elijah Lossner, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Hitting the books”


FIRST PLACE: Horizon Staff, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Guts, Glory, Grenadiers” Judges’ comments: Good representation of sporting activities.

SECOND PLACE: Elijah Lossner, Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon. “Strong finish”

THIRD PLACE:   Austin Lassell, University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal. “Rozier steals and storms down the court”


FIRST PLACE: Indiana University Southeast, The Horizon staff. www.iushorizon.com Judges’ comments: The use of a large, dominant photo at the top of the home page is an eye-catching
way to grab readers’ attention. And it sets the site apart from the others. The rest of the site is cleanly organized. Well done!

SECOND PLACE:   University of Louisville, The Louisville Cardinal staff. www.louisvillecardinal.com/


FIRST PLACE:   Marisa Gartland, Indiana University Southeast. “Local businesses: Adrienne and Company Judges’ comments: Good profile of local business. Great imagery. Engaging interview.

SECOND PLACE:   Marisa Gartland, Indiana University Southeast. “New Albany Local Businesses: Inside Quills Coffee and Toast on Market”

THIRD PLACE:   Laura Hubrich, Indiana University Southeast. “St. James Court Art Show”


FIRST PLACE: Adam Taylor, Melissa Spaide, Ashley Sizemore. Indiana University Southeast. “More than just black top” Judges’ comments: Text, mapping, video and photographs are woven together well to tell this story. The writing is pretty good, too.

SECOND PLACE:   Nic Britton, Haley Warwick, Erin Mann. Indiana University Southeast. “Art of Adaptation”

THIRD PLACE: Laura Hubrich, Paige Thompson, Josh Medlock. Indiana University Southeast. “Rising to the top”



FIRST PLACE: WDRB.com. Barry Fulmer, Mike Dever, Travis Kircher, Dalton Main Judges’ comments:  Lots of good, up-to-date content on the site. Easy to navigate.

SECOND PLACE: Staff, Louisville Business First.

THIRD PLACE: Staff, Insider Louisville.


FIRST PLACE: WDRB staff. “Shooting at Fern Creek High School” Judges’ comments:  Good coverage on the site. Nice job updated the video. The timeline was a nice touc

SECOND PLACE: David A. Mann, Business First. “Kindred Plans to Add 500 Jobs”

THIRD PLACE: Jason Riley   WDRB   “Defense attorneys say dozens of DUI cases are in jeopardy”


FIRST PLACE: Devin Katayama, Joseph Lord, Gabe Bullard; WFPL “At Risk; Louisville’s daunting education challenge” Judges’ comments: The quality of entries in this category made it difficult to choose just one winner. Congratulations and thank you for the high standard of journalism, especially in the top three entries. “At Risk” examined a critical issue from many different angles, exploring so many sides of a complex problem faced in many parts of the country.

SECOND PLACE:   Kevin Gibson, Insider Louisville.   “Outside the Abortion Clinic” series

THIRD PLACE:   Jason Riley, WDRB.“Kentucky’s longest-serving inmate has chance for release”


FIRST PLACE:   Rick Bozich, WDRB. Judges’ comments: Rick tells compelling stories that go beyond the usual sports audience. He goes beyond sound bites in his blog, giving us a deeper look at some of the sports characters we think we know.

SECOND PLACE: James Bruggers, Courier-Journal. “Watchdog Earth”

THIRD PLACE: Eric Crawford, WDRB. “Remembering U of L’s biggest loss; 105-0 to Murray State,” “Covering the Cardinals in Orlando,” “Some personal thoughts on U-of-L seniors”


FIRST PLACE: Eric Crawford, WDRB. Selected stories. Judges’ comments: Creative, well-written stories taking the reader beyond the basic story.

SECOND PLACE: Rick Bozich, Eric Crawford, WDRB. PGA Coverage

THIRD PLACE:   Rick Bozich, Eric Crawford; WDRB. “Louisville Hires Bobby Petrino”


FIRST PLACE:   Joe Dunman, Insider Louisville. “Minimum wage debate,” “Louisville has a race problem,” “During white flight, lack of racial diversity was by design”

SECOND PLACE:   Eric Crawford, WDRB.   “Fern Creek Shooting,” “Game On: What Kind of News Consumer Are You?,” “Veterans Day”

THIRD PLACE: Joe Sonka, Insider Louisville.   “The Red State Wedding; Why McConnell blew out Grimes,” “Obamacare, Grimes and the campaign that wasn’t there”


FIRST PLACE:   Jason Riley, WDRB.com. “Prosecutor Mistakes” Judges’ comments: Good work laying out the problems and getting perspective from all parties involved.

SECOND PLACE: Chris Otts,   WDRB. “Jefferson County School Board Race”

THIRD PLACE: Joe Sonka, Insider Louisville.   McConnell-Grimes senate race coverage


FIRST PLACE: Chris Otts, WDRB. “Cheating allegations swirl around Male High School” Judges’ comments:  Using the Freedom of Information Act to get the letter provided great detail on a story that affects so many students.

SECOND PLACE: Marcus Green,   WDRB. “Kentucky Pipeline Blast”

Joe Sonka, Insider Louisville. “McConnell paid former campaign manager tied to bribery scandal,” Councilman Dan Johnson’s campaign,” “Former aide claims Johnson took hefty loan”


FIRST PLACE: Kevin Gibson, Insider Louisville. Food Coverage: Holy Smokes, Yelp debate, Lucky’s Market Judges’ comments: Holy smokes! The writer captures the essence of the places he visited, making the reader feel as if he’s there too. Wish we could get some of that barbecue here!

SECOND PLACE: Melissa Chipman,   Insider Louisville. “I am Ali,” “An Honest Man,” “Tribes”


FIRST PLACE: Tim Harris, Logan Rose; Business First. “Forecastle Festival 2014: day two” Judges’ comments: Phenomenal slide show! Takes us inside the Forecastle experience and makes us feel as if we’re there.


FIRST PLACE: Tim Harris, Business First. “Behind the Scenes with Forty Under 40” Judges’ comments: Nicely shot. Interesting way to showcase the story.



FIRST PLACE:   R. G. Dunlop, Erica Peterson; WFPL. “How Politics, Misinformation & Money Fueled a Power Plant in Coal Country” Judges’ comments: A thorough investigation that reveals a very complex process and the ramifications for the area. Nice job following the money trail.

SECOND PLACE:   James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “Powerful Nursing Home Owner and a Push for Medical Review Panels”

THIRD PLACE:   Kristina Goetz, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “Oversight of Indiana Tiger Exhibit Big On Growl, Light on Teeth”


FIRST PLACE:   James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “Kentucky Retirement Systems coverage” Judges’ comments:  Phenomenal in-depth reporting on an issue that will affect so many people. Nice job breaking down the problem and how it impacts retirees.   Congratulations on getting action from the pension board and legislation that could, if passed, make the system more transparent!

SECOND PLACE: R. G. Dunlop, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “How a Congressman, His Wife and a Lobbyist mixed Politics, Personal Finances”

THIRD PLACE: James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Kentucky Community and Technical College System



FIRST PLACE: Devin Katayama, WFPL. “Fern Creek High School Recreates ‘War of the Worlds’” Judges’ comments: Good production values.   Fun piece about the intersection of history, radio and American culture.

SECOND PLACE:   Erica Peterson, WFPL. “Louisville is Recycling Fewer Batteries”

THIRD PLACE: Devin Katayama, WFPL. “Bus Duty Helps Teacher Connect With New Students”


FIRST PLACE: James McNair, WFPL. “When it comes to investments, Kentucky keeps pension holders in the dark” Judges’ comments: Strong reporting, a solid audio interview and an impressive multimedia presentation present a compelling business story.


FIRST PLACE: Kristina Goetz, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “Oversight of Indiana tiger exhibit,” “The troubling record of a southern Indiana” wildlife refuge” Judges’ comments: Frightening account of an unregulated tiger exhibit. Reporter exposes a dangerous situation that needs to be fixed soon. This is what journalism is supposed to do.

SECOND PLACE: James McNair, WFPL. “Sewage Spills and Stench Plague Mobile Home Park”

THIRD PLACE: Zoe Schaver, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “A Look at Jefferson County’s Worst-Rated Judge”


FIRST PLACE: Devin Katayama, WFPL. “At Risk; Louisville’s daunting education challenge” Judges’ comments:  In-depth analysis of an important topic. Compelling interview subjects. Great storytelling. The hands-down winner.

SECOND PLACE: Gabe Bullard, WFPL. “Barista competitions”

THIRD PLACE: Rick Howlett, WFPL. “Heroin Addiction”


FIRST PLACE:   R. G. Dunlop, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. “The Congressman and the Lobbyist” Judges’ comments:  This story does what journalism should: shining a light on government officials gone wrong.


FIRST PLACE:   Ja’Nel Johnson, WFPL. “Kentucky Nurse Practitioners” Judges’ comments:  Solid reporting on interesting topics in the health field.


FIRST PLACE: Rick Howlett, WFPL. “Remembering the Wades, the Bradens and the struggle for racial integration in Louisville” Judges’ comments: Riveting story of a quiet chapter of the struggle for civil rights. Great storytelling.

SECOND PLACE: Devin Katayama, WFPL. “Transgender Student Rights”


FIRST PLACE: Devin Katayama, Laura Ellis, Kaila Story. WFPL Transgender Student Series Judges’ comments: Impressive collection of stories about the challenges of transgender students. The staff should be praised for the level of research that must have gone into putting this series together.


FIRST PLACE:   Rick Howlett, WFPL. “Petrino Introduced as Cards Coach” Judges’ comments:  Good solid reporting on a sports story that was top of mind for many Louisville residents.

SECOND PLACE: Jacob Ryan, WFPL. “Louisville’s Special Olympic Flag Football Team”



FIRST PLACE:   Gilbert Corsey, Dominik Fuhrmann, Matt English, WDRB TV. “Prison’s Youngest Victims” Judges’ comments: Nakiya’s story is compelling. Her dad’s reaction was an excellent addition to the story. Highlighting the camp provided hope. The video and writing did justice to a complex issue.

SECOND PLACE: Emily Mieure, Chris Monroe, WDRB TV. “Writings on the Wall”

THIRD PLACE: John Boel   WAVE TV. “Bogus Beggar Strikes Again”


FIRST PLACE: WLKY News Staff. Fern Creek High School Shooting Judges’ comments: On the air quickly after the shooting with good pictures and good perspective.

SECOND PLACE:   WDRB TV Staff. “Fern Creek High School Shooting”

THIRD PLACE:   WAVE TV Staff. Fern Creek High School Shooting”


FIRST PLACE: Valerie Chinn, Beth Peak, WDRB TV. “Southeast Bullitt Fire Department” Judges’ comments: Great work! This report just kept revealing layer after layer of trouble with the fire department. Nice use of graphics and video to explain what the heck is going on and how it affects residents. Excellent job pushing the fire chief for answers despite the hostile responses you were getting from him.

SECOND PLACE: John Boel, George Cronen   WAVE TV “No Soup for You”

THIRD PLACE: Jason Riley, Lindsay Allen, Beth Peak, WDRB TV “Jail deaths could have been prevented”


FIRST PLACE: Chris Sutter, Kyle Lizenby, WDRB TV. “Beer in Louisville” Judges’ comments: Wonderful work weaving together the past and the present through the words and pictures. The video was amazing. Great pictures that really helped tell the story.

SECOND PLACE:   Chris Sutter, Kyle Lizenby   WDRB TV   “Charlestown Ammo Plant”


FIRST PLACE: Gilbert Corsey, Sarah Haeberle. WDRB TV. “The Vow” Judges’ comments: Beautifully shot and written.

SECOND PLACE:   Chris Sutter, Kyle Lizenby   WDRB TV “Medical Helicopter”

THIRD PLACE:   Kelly Davis, Jeff Gordon   WDRB TV. “Cotton Ball Diet”


FIRST PLACE: Gilbert Corsey, Matt English, WDRB TV. “Superstar to Servant” Judges’ comments: An interesting story about an interesting character! Nice scene-setter at the beginning of the story, the powerful voice from inside the church over the wide shot of the exterior. Nice transition from his present life to the past.

SECOND PLACE: Chris Sutter, Kyle Lizenby, WDRB TV. “How to Pronounce Louisville”

THIRD PLACE: Steve Burgin, Paul Ahmann, WLKY TV. “The Necklace”


FIRST PLACE:   John Boel, Jeff Knight. WAVE TV. “Political Fowl Play” Judges’ comments: Excellent approach to the story. Nice use of the undercover video and sound at the meeting.

SECOND PLACE: Lawrence Smith, WDRB TV. Political coverage.

THIRD PLACE: Jennifer Keeney, Cara Catlett, Barry Fulmer, WDRB Staff. “Election 2014”


FIRST PLACE:   Tamara Evans, Lee Atherton; WDRB TV. “Domestic Violence, Getting Help” Judges’ comments: A thorough look at an issue that affects thousands of women. Good use of the 911 calls and great choices in who to talk to for the story. Outlines the problem and offers some hope for change.


FIRST PLACE:   Gilbert Corsey, Neil Johnson; WDRB TV. “From the Schoolhouse to the Jailhouse” Judges’ comments: Layered reporting exposing a systemic issue and some of the solutions that are being tried. Giving voice to the two young women in your stories added perspective that’s not usually seen.

SECOND PLACE:   Steve Burgin, Paul Ahmann; WLKY TV.   “KY Anonymous”

THIRD PLACE: Jennifer Atherton, Jeremy Kappell, Vincent Vermeulen; WDRB TV. “Tornado Outbreak”


FIRST PLACE:   Rick Van Hoose, Scott Eckhardt; WLKY TV. “Dwight Gahm” Judges’ comments:  Beautifully shot, written and edited. A fascinating story.

SECOND PLACE: Rick Bozich, WDRB TV. “The Manuel Forrest Story”

THIRD PLACE: Eric Crawford, WDRB TV. “New Ali documentary brings back his old voice”


FIRST PLACE:   Bill Lamb, WDRB TV. Point of View: “Speech is free; forums aren’t”


FIRST PLACE:   Kyle Lizenby, WDRB TV. Judges’ comments: Creative techniques really make for some memorable moments in these stories.

SECOND PLACE: Dominik Fuhrmann, WDRB TV

THIRD PLACE: Doug Druschke, WAVE TV “Classroom on the ball”


FIRST PLACE: Doug Druschke, WAVE TV. “Ironman 2014” Judges’ comments: Thanks for taking us inside the Iron Man. It’s probably the closest we’ll ever get!

SECOND PLACE: Steve Andress, WDRB TV. “Louisville’s Batman”


FIRST PLACE: WLKY TV News at 6. Josh Abelove, Vicki Dortch, Rick Van Hoose. Judges’ comments: Special open conveyed the urgency and desperation of parents after the Fern Creek shooting. Within just five hours from the time of the incident, this news team put together a newscast and stories that clearly conveyed what happened and captured the emotion of the day. Really loved the boxes showing the earlier video and the reporter. It helped give the viewer an idea of what was coming up next.

SECOND PLACE:   Aaron Ellis, Jennifer Nickels, Zak Owens; WAVE TV. “WAVE 3 News @ 11”

THIRD PLACE: Jennifer Nickels, Zak Owens,


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Louisville Pro SPJ honors best in journalism at annual dinner

Each year, the Louisville Pro SPJ Chapter gathers to honor the best work in journalism in Louisville. This year, the chapter has set its annual awards dinner, which includes a full dinner buffet, for June 25 beginning at 6 p.m. at Bristol Bar and Grille in downtown Louisville. The chapter will be giving out awards to students and professionals alike in a variety of categories that include print, online and broadcast.

You can enjoy a buffet dinner with us as part of your ticket price. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Tables of eight are available for $280. You can purchase tickets online here: https://spjlouawards2015.eventbrite.com

Cash bar will be available. Registration and the cash bar open at 6 p.m., with dinner being served at 7 p.m. and the awards presented at about 7:45 p.m.

Even if you aren’t receiving an award, attend for networking opportunities and to meet some of the best in the business. Especially for students, this is a great opportunity to meet producers, editors, reporters, and others who can help you make connections in this challenging field.

Questions? Call Robyn Davis Sekula at (502) 608-6125 or e-mail her at robynds@live.com.

If you’d rather pay by check, please send your check to the SPJ Louisville Pro treasurer:
Adam Maksl 
4702 Wolford Dr.
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

If you’re purchasing tickets, please note that individuals, not organizations, are members of SPJ.

This year, we’re offering tables of eight for the price of eight seats at the member price – $280. This is a great deal and easier for organizations. Individuals may buy tickets at the member or non-member price. A membership number is required to receive the individual member price.

If you’d like to join, great! You can do that online at www.spj.org.

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KyCIR wins Green Eyeshade award for report on Whitfield ties to lobbyists

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit newsroom based in Louisville, Kentucky, http://www.kycir.org, won a first place award for Online Reporting in the Green Eyeshade contest. The investigative report by R.G. Dunlop looked at Kentucky First District Rep. Ed Whitfield’s ties to lobbyists: “How a Congressman, His Wife and a Lobbyist Mixed Politics, Personal Finances.” http://kycir.org/2014/07/17/how-a-congressman-his-wife-and-a-lobbyist-mixed-politics-personal-finances/

KyCIR also won a second place award for Radio Investigative Reporting along with WFPL, Louisville’s NPR News Station, for a joint reporting project on a tiger exhibit in southern Indiana, “Oversight of Indiana Tiger Exhibit Big on Growl, Light on Teeth” by Kristina Goetz and Erin Keane. http://kycir.org/2014/11/12/oversight-of-indiana-tiger-exhibit-big-on-growl-light-on-teeth/

WFPL won another second place award for Radio Documentaries for the “At Risk” series by Devin Katayama. http://wfpl.org/bryan-risk/

The Green Eyeshade contest is open to journalists in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The Green Eyeshade contest is hosted by “southerners” through SPJ. For more information see http://www.greeneyeshade.org/


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Congratulations to Region 5 winners, finalists in national MOE

Congratulations to the three winners and 12 finalists from Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) in the National Mark of Excellence contest. All national winners and finalists will be recognized during the Excellence in Journalism 2015 Conference Sept. 18 through 20 in Orlando, Fla.

Students submitted entries in six areas: Newspapers, Magazines, Arts/Graphics, Radio, Television and Online.

Winners and finalists from Region 5 are:

General News Reporting, Large School Division. National Finalist: “When students die,” by Megan Jula, Indiana University.

Feature Writing, Large School Division. National Finalist: “Homeless or Not, he’s got the month of May,” by Elizabeth Greiwe, Loyola University of Chicago.

Sports Writing, Large School Division. National Finalist: “Northwestern’s LBGT athletes struggle to find their voices amid a lacking support system,” by Tyler Pager, Northwestern University.

General Column Writing, Small School Division. National Winner: “Marriage: Statehouse vs. steeples,” Jims Porter, Indiana University Southeast.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper. National Winner: The Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University.

Non-Fiction Magazine Article. National Finalist: “Dear Dolly,” by Jenna Fagan, Indiana University.

Sports Photography, Large School Division. National Winner: “Rozier steals and storms,” by Austin Lassell, University of Louisville.

Radio In-Depth Reporting. National Finalist: “Marijuana Birds-I-View,” by Tyler Bachman, Emily Pomorski and the QZND News Team, Illinois State University.

Television General News Reporting. National Finalist: “’Shake and Bake’ Changing the Face of the Local Meth Industry,” by Omar Jimenez, Northwestern University.

Television Feature Reporting. National Finalist: “GDD Wine Class,” by Nicole Suarez, DePaul University.

Television Sports Photography. National Finalist: “Warren East Practice,” by Daniel Blommel, Western Kentucky University.

Best All-Around Television Newscast. National Finalist: Northwestern News Report, Northwestern University.

Online News Reporting. National Finalist: “The Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore Case,” by staff, Northwestern University.

Online Feature Reporting. National Finalist: “Dad’s bucket,” by Charles Scudder, Anna Teeter and Missy Wilson,  Indiana University.

Online Sports Reporting.  National Finalist: “For the love of baseball,” by Steven Goldstein, Northwestern  University.

For a look at all the winning photography and links to all winners, go to https://www.spj.org/moe14.asp



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Chicago Headline Club award banquet May 8

Felicia Middlebrooks and Greg Hinz will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards banquet for exemplary journalism May 8.

Middlebrooks has co-anchored CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio morning drive news since October 1984. Hinz, who has covered city politics for 40 years, is chief political reporter, blogger and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business. Their biographies follow banquet details.
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Also at the Lisagor dinner:
-outstanding investigative reporting will receive a Watchdog Award, thanks to the Richard Dreihaus Foundation;
-a journalist who gives voice to the voiceless will receive the Anne Keegan Award;
-the $3,000 Les Brownlee scholarship will be announced for a college student, as will two $3,000 intern grants funded by the Chicago Headline Club Foundation; and
-Lisagor Awards winners will be announced and plaques will be presented to them.

Awards will be announced Friday, May 8, at a banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are: $90 for Headline Club members, $105 for non-members, $900 for a table of 10 and $1,080 for a table of 12. Please reserve by May 1.

Tickets are available online at:
Or, email Aimee DeBat at chc.spj@gmail.com.
Mail checks to:
Chicago Headline Club/Lisagor Awards,
1349 E. Washington St., #408
Des Plaines IL 60016

Park in the adjacent garage for $10, get your ticket stamped at the Union League Club desk.

To review the list of finalists:

Felicia Middlebrooks has co-anchored the award winning morning-drive program for CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio since October 1984, last year marking her 30th consecutive year in the highly competitive time slot. Her warm signature voice is synonymous with Chicago’s No. 1 morning radio newscast.

Middlebrooks’ 39-year career has been a string of firsts, including the first woman to work as a CBS Newsradio morning co-anchor and the first African American to hold such a position. She helped pave the way for women and minorities to co-anchor mornings at CBS Radio stations across the country.

Working her way through Purdue University as a steelworker, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. At 24, she was the youngest anchor hired at WBBM, following work at several stations in her native Northwest Indiana.

As a reporter, Middlebrooks covered Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. tour following his release from prison as South Africa’s apartheid regime crumbled. She reported on the aftermath of Rwanda’s 1994 bloody genocide, civil conflict in Uganda and Congo, and President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration. In 2010, she embedded with the non-profit “Hospitals for Humanity” to cover Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

Middlebrooks’ work has been honored with several Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in News, including for her series “Tuskegee Airmen: On the Wings of Courage”; an Associated Press best reporting award; and a number of Peter Lisagor awards for reporting.

In 2010, Middlebrooks was named one of “50 Women of Excellence” by the Chicago Defender, and World Relief gave her a Humanitarian Award for her work in Rwanda. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Press Club’s Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

As an adjunct professor, she teaches journalism courses at DePaul University and Purdue University Calumet. Middlebrooks also runs her own production company, Saltshaker Productions, LLC. Her first documentary film, “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda” won first place for “Best Documentary Short” in the 2005 New York International Film & Video Festival.

Greg Hinz, as chief political reporter, blogger and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, is a must-read every day in Chicago and Illinois political circles. Hinz has covered politics in the city for nearly 40 years, matching insightful analysis with impressive source work and lively prose to break news and shed light on how law and policy is made, from City Hall to the statehouse in Springfield.

Hinz has written for Crain’s since 1996. His recent work includes revealing how then-candidate Bruce Rauner worked connections prior to his daughter being accepted into an elite Chicago high school, ties between the future governor’s firm and corrupt political fixer Stuart Levine, and the maneuvering behind the Illiana expressway. Beyond politics, Hinz focuses on policy issues that resonate far beyond the city’s business community, such as taxes, economic development, education and transportation. He’s a frequent guest commentator in the city’s public affairs forums.

Hinz says he marks his career by mayors and political conventions. Soon after graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, he attended both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Miami Beach in 1972. He then started a two-decade stint with the Lerner newspaper chain, which included covering City Hall at the end of the Richard J. Daley reign through the years of Michael Bilandic, Jane Byrne and Harold Washington. He then was a political writer at Chicago magazine from 1992 until joining Crain’s. Along the way, he served as president of the local Newspaper Guild.

Previously, Hinz has won awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. In 2014, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists Association.

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. Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976, was one of the nation’s most respected and best-known journalists.

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