Published on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:15
Last week, the Chicago Headline Club handed out its annual Peter Lisagor Awards, honoring local media professional's "superior contributions to journalism." Awards are given to both local media organizations and individuals. Here is a look at the winners from last week...
The biggest winners at the Awards event was the Chicago Tribune, which saw nine awards, and the Chicago Reporter, which had individual staffers or collectively won eight awards, along with sharing one more award with another organization jointly.
Right behind them was the Chicago Sun-Times, which saw eight awards. The Daily Herald received six awards, as did WBEZ-FM. The Times earned five awards. Staffers at Crain's Chicago Business, the Associated Press, and WBBM-AM each received four awards. Earning three awards each was the Southtown Star, the Northwest Herald, WGN-TV, and RedLineProject.org. Earning a pair of Peter Lisagor Awards each was Chicago Magazine, WMAQ-TV, WTTW-TV, Bloomberg News, and Playboy magazine.
The following media outlets each won one award last week at the Chicago Headline Club event: WLS-TV, Telemundo Chicago, Chicago Reader, Chicago Lawyer, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the Herald News, Beacon News, Windy City Times, Pioneer Press, the Berwyn Life, Chicago Jewish Star, ABA Journal, Sheridan Road Magazine, Hoy, Negocious Now, Angie's List Magazine, Catalyst Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Modio Media, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, Modern Healthcare, ShesWrite.net, and Huffington Post Chicago.
Two awards were handed out, jointly shared by multiple organizations. One was to the Chicago Reporter and WPWR-TV. The other was to staffers at the Better Government Association, WFLD-TV, and WGN-TV.
Also at last week's event, WMAQ-TV reporter Mary Ann Ahern and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell were each honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Chicago Tribune reporter Colleen Mastony was given the first annual Anne Keegan Award. Chicago Tribune reporters David Jackson and Gary Marx were honored with the 2011 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting.
A complete list of winners and honorees can be seen at this link HERE
The Chicago Headline Club is the local chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). It is the largest local chapter for the SPJ in the country. In 1977, the Chicago Headline Club established the Peter Lisagor Awards to inspire and honor local journalists in Lisagor's name. Peter Lisagor, who passed away in December 1976, was the Chicago Daily News' Washington bureau chief from 1959-1976. A Chicagoan since he was 14, Lisagor was one of the country's most highly-respected and known journalists, thanks in part to his nationally syndicated column and frequent guest appearances on news/political television talk shows.