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2016 Excellence In Journalism Awardees

PROFESSIONAL WINNERS:

WRITING:

Best Critical Review      

Jim Higgins
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Art City: David Lenz wields his prowess to honor the powerless

Dominique Paul Noth
Urban Milwaukee
Collection of Theatre Reviews by Urban Milwaukee critic

Rob Golub
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
Review: ‘There Are Jews Here’ is a tender avalanche

Best Coverage of a Single News Topic or Event Including Breaking News             

Mark Kass
David Schuyler
Rich Kirchen
Melanie Lawder
Dan Shafer
Sean Ryan

Milwaukee Business Journal
Coverage of the business impact of the Sherman Park civil unrest

Donna Frake
Now Media Group
Amy Van Wagner charged with murdering her husband

Karen Rivedal
Wisconsin State Journal
Murder of Caroline Nosal

Best Multi-Story Coverage of a Single Feature Topic or Event

Ashley Luthern
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Precious Lives: Team GoGo

Andrea Waxman
Jabril Faraj
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Sherman Park coverage

Dee J. Hall
Coburn Dukehart

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Trauma-informed care

Best Long Feature Story               

Katelyn Ferral
The Capital Times
The barber in the basement

Dylan Brogan
Isthmus Publishing
Buffalo business: The 16-hour day of a Dane County market vendor

Maggie Ginsberg
Madison Magazine
Out of the Shadows

Best Short Feature Story             

Linda Falkenstein
Isthmus Publishing
Beautiful bovines

Doug Moe
Madison Magazine
A Transgender Trailblazer

Jennifer Rude Klett
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Heritage Wheat: Farmer Cultivates Old-Fashioned Taste

Best Sports Story

Jane Burns
Isthmus Publishing
Killing it: The Badgers could be headed to their best season yet

Gary D’Amato
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Suzy Favor Hamilton’s long journey to get to a healthier place

Rich Rovito
Tom Conroy

Milwaukee Magazine
Brotherhood of Bruisers

Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion

Bruce Murphy
Isthmus Publishing
Beyond Negligence: Scott Walker and his administration failed to protect abused teens at Lincoln Hills

Marc Eisen
Isthmus Publishing
Lake effects: Making good on Madison’s waterfront promise

Rob Golub
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
Remember the Holocaust and other genocides, too

Best Business Story or Series    

Ben Stanley
BizTimes Milwaukee
Aurora goes global: St. Luke’s quietly becomes destination for wealthy foreign executives

Molly Dill
BizTimes Milwaukee
Crossing the valley of death: Young companies bridge challenging chasm between seed and series A

Eric Lindquist
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Under Attack

Best Investigative Story or Series

Katelyn Ferral
The Capital Times
Neglecting Wisconsin’s Vets

Cara Lombardo
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Inmate dies of dehydration in county jail

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Staff
UW-Madison J475 Students

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Failure at the Faucet: Wisconsin’s drinking water in peril

Best Public Service Story or Series          

Claire Hanan
Staff of Milwaukee Magazine

Milwaukee Magazine
Mind Matters

Karen Faster
Scott Gordon
Kevin Masarik
Madeline Gotkowitz
Diana Hammer Tscheschlock
WisContext
Understanding Well Water and Improving its Quality

Alexandra Arriaga
Coburn Dukehart
Bridgit Bowden
Dee J. Hall

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism & Wisconsin Public Radio
Background checks save lives. Why won’t Wisconsin adopt them?

Best Column     

John Nichols
The Capital Times

Michael Cummins
Isthmus Publishing

Tom Saler
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Historical Perspectives

Best Explanatory Story or Series              

Jessie Opoien
The Capital Times
Handling hate

Allison Geyer
Isthmus Publishing
In for the long haul: Standing Rock protesters defy eviction orders and dig in for winter

Ashley Luthern
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Precious Lives: Can it work here?

Best Personal Profile    

Andrea Behling
Madison Magazine
Local Slice

Tom Tolan
Milwaukee Magazine
Father Tim Superstar

Lori Fredrich
OnMilwaukee
One chef’s journey from Mexico to Milwaukee

VISUAL JOURNALISM

Best Illustration or Cartoon        

Carolyn Fath
Chris Roberts
Isthmus Publishing
Hip Hop Ban

Cassandra Genc
M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine
Women’s Health cover

Sébastien Thibault
Milwaukee Magazine
Out of Mind

Best Photo Essay or Series          

Doug Edmunds
M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine
Modern Comfort

Joe Brusky
Lee Matz

Milwaukee Independent
Overpass Light Brigade at Standing Rock

Sara Stathas
Milwaukee Magazine
Well Suited

Best News Photograph

Peter Zuzga  
Now Media Group
Memorial Day salute

Best Feature Photograph            

Kevin Harnack
The Daily Reporter
Tangled web

Adam Ryan Morris
Milwaukee Magazine
On the Moves

Scott Ash
Now Media Group
Hold on!

Best Sports Photograph               

Todd Ponath
Now Media Group
Home plate collision

Todd Ponath
Now Media Group
Dusty

NEWSPAPER DESIGN

Best Overall Design       

Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Eric Semelroth
Joan Bahr
Milwaukee Business Journal

Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Wisconsin Gazette          

Best Special Section Design       

Carolyn Fath
Michael Hirshon
Isthmus Publishing
Six Stories of Adventure

Tommy Washbush
Isthmus Publishing
Fall Music Preview

Mark Kass
Eric Semelroth
Milwaukee Business Journal
40 Under 40 special section

Best Single Page Design              

Eric Semelroth
Milwaukee Business Journal
Mapping the future of regional transportation

Eric Semelroth
Milwaukee Business Journal
Downtown Milwaukee Renaissance

Matt Colby
Now Media Group
Dominant Presence

MAGAZINE DESIGN

Best Overall Design       

Gail Betla
Chris Westin
Maria Harris
M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine
August, November and December issues

Tim Burton
Emily Culp
Sarah Frautschi
Carol Shufro

Madison Magazine        

Krista Schmidt
Adam Morris
Rachel Stinebring
Brock Kaplan
Milwaukee Magazine
May, September and October issues

Best Single Cover Design

Tommy Washbush
Eric Tadsen
Isthmus Publishing
Hip Hop Architect

Gail Betla
Matt Haas
Jen Kent
Sarah C. Lange
Chris Westin

M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine
I AM MKE / August 2016 Cover

Krista Schmidt
Sean McCabe
Milwaukee Magazine
Best Of

Best Single Story or Feature Design       

Tim Burton
Madison Magazine
Nightlife

Brock Kaplan
Michael Marsicano

Milwaukee Magazine
Lady Leah

Rachel Stinebring
Adam Ryan Morris

Milwaukee Magazine
Best New Restaurants

AUDIO

Best Coverage of a Single or Ongoing Breaking News Story        

Aisha Turner
Emily Forman
Celeste Wesson
Brad Lichtenstein
Paul Kjelland
James Causey
371 Productions
Precious Lives: Finding Justice – and Purpose – Amid Police Violence

Brad Williams
Mitch Reynolds
WIZM-AM
Last Night of Maid-Rite

Darien Lamen
Dylan Brogan
Molly Stentz
WORT FM
Day Without Latinos: Thousands Protest Bills at State Capitol

Best Series Reporting   

Emily Forman
Aisha Turner
Celeste Wesson
Brad Lichtenstein
Paul Kjelland
James Causey
371 Productions
Precious Lives: Warning Team

Danielle Kaeding
Shawn Johnson
Shamane Mills
Laurel White
Wisconsin Public Radio
2016 Election Coverage

Rachel Morello
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Getting There: Improving Attendance in MPS

Best Investigative Report(s)      

Bridgit Bowden
Wisconsin Public Radio/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
No Relief From Wisconsin’s 565% Payday Loan Interest Under New Rules

Bridgit Bowden
Wisconsin Public Radio & Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Lead in Wisconsin’s drinking water

Best Long Form Feature Story   

Julie Garrett
WORT FM
Five Minutes on the Farm: Vets Perform A Different Kind Of Service At Peacefully Organic Produce

Elizabeth DiNovella
Dylan Brogan
WORT FM
Vern Stenman Of Big Top Has Big Ideas For Breese Stevens Field

Bonnie North
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
It’s for the Birds!

Best Short Form Feature Story  

Brad Williams
WIZM-AM
Buying a Stairway

Brad Williams
WIZM-AM
Yesterday in La Crosse/1974

Bonnie Petrie
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Homeless Women Vets

Best Use of Audio Within a Report

Andrew Konkle
WITI
The Great Pumpkin Regatta

Bonnie Petrie
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Shorewood Ghost Train

Nate Imig
WYMS Radio Milwaukee
88Nine Presents: Milwaukee with John Gurda: Harambee

Best Writing in an Audio Story 

Stu Levitan
WORT FM
Madison History Podcast

Ann-Elise Henzl
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Ann-Elise Henzl Compilation

Marge Pitrof
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Bubbler Talk Streets and Faces

VIDEO

Best Coverage of a Breaking News Story              

Katie Crowther
Jeremy Dunk
TODAY’S TMJ4
Fires Erupt in Sherman Park

WISN-TV Staff
WISN-TV
Milwaukee Unrest

FOX6 News Staff
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Sherman Park Riots

Best Multi-Day Coverage of an Ongoing Story

TODAY’S TMJ4 Staff
TODAY’S TMJ4
Sherman Park Shooting

Jon Henkes
Steve Walters
Anthony Wood
Claudia Looze
Shelby Kisling
John Schroeder
WisconsinEye
Dealing with Dementia

WISN-TV Staff
WISN-TV
Steven Avery: Appeal

Best Individual Reporting of News or Sports

Shannon Sims
TODAY’S TMJ4
Best Individual Reporting – Shannon Sims

Colleen Henry
WISN-TV
Best Individual Reporting

Ben Handelman
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Best Investigative Report or Series        

Courtny Gerrish
Steve Chamraz
Shaun Farrell
Paul Marble
Jeff Janca
Tonya Simpson
TODAY’S TMJ4
Decision 2016: Focus on the Voters

Bryan Polcyn
Dave Michuda
LeeAnn Watson
Kale Zimny
Tim Primeau
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Felons in Possession

Bryan Polcyn
Dave Michuda
LeeAnn Watson
Tim Primeau
Jerry Imig
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Baaa’d Medicine

Best Long Form Feature Story   

Maryann Lazarski
Emmy Fink
Justin Migliano
Jeff Moorbeck
Dan Small
Milwaukee PBS, WMVS
Outdoor Wisconsin: Audrey Crowley

Kathy Mykleby
Sheila Swift
WISN-TV
True Love

Brad Hicks
Kale Zimny
Tim Primeau
Jerry Imig
Aaron Frye
Craig Sween
WITI-TV
48 Hours of Freedom

Best Short Form Feature Story  

Courtny Gerrish
Paul Marble
TODAY’S TMJ4
Vivan’s Robot

Tim Elliott
Jason Hunter
WISN-TV
Construction Crew Kindness

Ben Handelman
Andrew Konkle
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Wisconsin’s Big Race

Ted Perry
Andrew Konkle
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
The Great Pumpkin Regatta

Laura Kezman
Nate Imig
WYMS Radio Milwaukee
Healthy food options come to Lindsay Heights

Best News or Sports Program    

Maryann Lazarski
Darin Malkowski
Portia Young
Raul Galvan
Bohdan Zachary
Milwaukee PBS, WMVS
10thirtysix on Milwaukee PBS

TODAY’S TMJ4 Staff
TODAY’S TMJ4
Healing in Sherman Park

Matt Kiesling
Tom Pipines
Tim Van Vooren
Brandon Cruz
Mickie Leach
Jonathan McWalter
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Fox 6 Sports Blitz – Dec.  11, 2016

Best Newscast 

TODAY’S TMJ4 Staff
TODAY’S TMJ4
Live at Daybreak – Trump Wins Presidential Election

TODAY’S TMJ4 Staff
TODAY’S TMJ4
Live at 10:00 – Winter Storm

FOX6 News Staff
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Fox 6 News at 10:00 – May 5, 2016

Best Writing in a Video Story    

Dan Jones
Milwaukee PBS, WMVS
Who Wants to be a Police Officer These Days?

Brad Hicks
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Lake Geneva Fire

Ted Perry
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Tandem Restaurant

Best Documentary

Tiff Pua
Sandy Maxx
Jeff Janca
Jeff Moorbeck
Justin Migliano
Chris Michalski
Milwaukee PBS (WMVS/WMVT)
Tour de Force – The Arts Page Special

Frederica Freyberg
Mike Baron
Jennifer Hadley
Christine Sloan-Miller
Wisconsin Public Television
Too Many Candles: Milwaukee Gun Violence

LeeAnn Watson
Dave Michuda
Brad Hicks
Stephanie Grady
John LaPorte
WITI – FOX6 – Milwaukee
Dose of Reality

ONLINE

Best Online Coverage of News, Sports or Lifestyle Event             

Joe Yovino
Rick Benedict
The Daily Reporter
Construction’s Labor Shortage

Wisconsin Eye Staff
WisconsinEye
Campaign 2016 Coverage

WUWM Radio Staff
Michelle Maternowski
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Milwaukee Unrest

Best Use of Multimedia              

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Elana Kahn: Hatred of Jews as a social bellwether

Marion Ceraso
Bridgit Bowden
Abigail Becker
Haley Henschel
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism & Wisconsin Public Radio
Saving the bees

WUWM Radio Staff
Michelle Maternowski
Rachel Morello
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Project Milwaukee: How Do We Compete?

Best Website Design    

Tarik J Moody
88Nine Radio Milwaukee & FlipEleven
88Nine Radio Milwaukee website

David Hyland
Jane Jiumaleh
Erika Kachama-Nkoy
Anna Rueden
Chester Lee
Wisconsin Public Radio/Wisconsin Public Television
Wisconsin Vote

Cary Docter
Katie DeLong
Trisha Lavey
Megan Pospychala
WITI – FOX6 News – Milwaukee
FOX6Now.com

Best Local News or Feature Website     

Kristian Knutsen
Scott Gordon
Karen Faster
WPR Staff
WPT Staff
UW Cooperative Extension Staff
WisContext
WisContext.org

WUWM Radio Staff
Michelle Maternowski
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
WUWM.COM

Volume One Staff
Volume One magazine
VolumeOne.org

Best Blog            

Aaron Conklin
Madison Magazine
Stage Write

Michael Horne
Urban Milwaukee
Bar Exam

Lisa Neff
Louis Weisberg
Wisconsin Gazette
WiGWag: News with a twist

Best Use of Multi-Platform Reporting  

Nate Imig,
Laura Kezman
Tarik Moody
88Nine Radio Milwaukee
88Nine Presents: National and North

Bridgit Bowden
Coburn Dukehart
Jacob Berchem
Wisconsin Public Radio & Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
No relief for poor borrowers

Scott Gordon
Shawn Johnson
Laurel White
Zac Schultz
Frederica Freyberg
Andy Soth
Jennifer Hadley
WisContext, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television
Voter ID in an Election Year

Best Feature Story         

Joey Grihalva
88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Milwaukee Jazz feature (Part 1 & 2)

Madeline Heim
Larry Hanson
Chris Kuhagen
Now Media Group
Struggling Ozaukee family finds resources, hope

Ted Perry
Jeff Frings
WITI – FOX6 News – Milwaukee
The Tandem restaurant creates jobs in Lindsay Heights — with 40% poverty rate

Best Business Story       

Ben Stanley
BizTimes Media
Summerfest plans to replace Marcus Amphitheater

Dan Shafer
Milwaukee Business Journal
Competition for 4th and Wisconsin site

Polo Rocha
WisBusiness.com
Madison’s growing startups are helping more than one industry

Best Investigative Story

Sean Kirkby
Bridgit Bowden
Dee J. Hall
Coburn Dukehart
Cara Lombardo
Andrew Hahn
Wisconsin Health News, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism & Wisconsin Public Radio
Prescription drug prices skyrocket

Scott Gordon
WisContext
DNR Lead Pipe Replacement Plan

Meghan Dwyer
Stephen Davis
WITI – FOX6 News – Milwaukee
State often buries funeral home complaints instead of investigating misconduct

COLLEGIATE WINNERS:

WRITING

Best News Story              

Madeline Heim
The Daily Cardinal
Amazon deal raises red flags for campus shared governance, student spaces

Alex Groth
Marquette Wire: Marquette Tribune
Viewing the election from abroad

Matt Campbell
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
UW-Milwaukee Restroom Policy Brings Mixed Reaction

Best Long Feature Story               

Lisa Speckhard
Curb Magazine
The Right Wright Man

Keaton Walkowski
JAMS 320 and JAMS 342 Reporting Staffs

Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
It’s Not the Water

Shana Wilson
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Against the Academic Odds

Best Short Feature Story             

Erica Chang
Arches
Thinking on Your Feet

Sophie Bolich
Marquette Wire: Marquette Tribune
Organization provides goats, hope to Kenyan communities

Matt Campbell
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Captain Jim Fickler: “Full of Life; Full of Fun”

Best Sports Story            

Lorin Cox
The Daily Cardinal
Dare Ogunbowale a backup only in title

Jack Goods
Marquette Wire: Marquette Tribune
Blueprint of a program

Daniel Zielinski
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
From Texas to Milwaukee: Zac Saddler’s Journey to the UWM Men’s Basketball Program

Best Investigative Reporting     

Peter Coutu
Jonah Beleckis
The Daily Cardinal
Staggering forward

Devi Shastri
Marquette Wire: Marquette Tribune
Helfaer’s accessibility problem

Mary Jo Contino
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
TRANSparency: UW-Milwaukee Transgender Locker Room Policy Remains Under Wraps

Best Editorial or Commentary   

Sandrea Smith
Arches
Appropriate or Appropriation?

Sandrea Smith
Arches
Love Water, Not Oil

Ryan McCarthy
Marquette Wire: Marquette Tribune
MCCARTHY: Mr. Trump, most men grew out of ‘locker room talk’ in high school

VISUAL JOURNALISM

Best Still Photograph/Photos    

Denisse Hernandez
Arches
Origami series

Sadie Dorf
Curb Magazine
Curb Magazine Cover

Sabrina Johnkins
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Westboro Church protest

AUDIO

Best News Story Single or Ongoing        

Ian Schrank
Marquette Wire:  MuRadio
Obama Thanks Milwaukee

Brian Morrissey
Marquette Wire:  MuRadio
Electoral College

Amanda Watter
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
High School Students Learn About the Devastation of Suicide

Best Feature Story         

Brandon Anderegg
Sabrina Johnkins
Monica Skipper
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Milwaukee River Cleanup: Sights and Sounds

Jordan Garcia
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
A Sweet Day for Students at Dessert Fest

Maddy Heim
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Russian Folk Orchestra

Best Sports Story            

Scott Behrens
The Badger Report, UW Madison
Winter Surfing

VIDEO

Best News Story Single or Ongoing        

Helen Matsumoto
Carly Schesel
The Badger Report, UW Madison
Jimmy Anderson

Helen Matsumoto
Logan Reigstad
The Badger Report, UW Madison
Sanctuary Campus

Katarina Vergara
Gabrielle Barriere
Jordan Garcia
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Vote: why the inner city did not turn out for Hillary Clinton

Best Feature Story         

Melissa Behling
Curb Magazine
Man Up

Andrew Goldstein
Marquette Wire: MUTV Voice of the Valley

Best Sports Story

Andrew Goldstein
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Marquette’s Climbers

John Hand
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Beyond the Kill

Ken Kosirowski
UW Madison
Badgers Proud of 2016 Season

Best Newscast 

The Badger Report Staff
The Badger Report, UW Madison

Best Program, Documentary or Special 

Geoff Marshall
Joe Micholic
Somer Servais
Tamara Jarvi
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Parachute

Allie Mott
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Hot Dog and a Handshake

Jackson Rickun
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Log Out

ONLINE

Best Use of Multi-Media            

Devi Shastri
Patrick Thomas
Marquette Wire
The Hands, The Head, The Heart

Patrick Thomas
Marquette Wire

JAMS 320 class
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
How Trump Turned the Mississippi River Valley Red

Geoffrey Marshall
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s Urban Farms: Defining Success

Best Local News or Feature Website     

Staff
Arches
Archesnews.com

The Badger Report Staff
The Badger Report, UW-Madison

Media Milwaukee Staff
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee

Best Blog            

Julia Wachuta
Arches
The Student Sphere

JAMS 320 reporting Staff
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Live Blog: Milo Yiannopolous Comes to UW-Milwaukee

Best Investigative Reporting     

Peter Coutu
The Daily Cardinal
As reports of discrimination pile up, Blank announces new initiatives

JAMS 500 Reporting Team
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Wisconsin High School Concussions, Sports Injuries Not Tracked

Emily Zantow
Pakou Lee
Rebecca Papenthien
Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
Investigating Milwaukee Gun Court

Best News Story

Patrick Thomas
Jack Goods
Marquette Wire
Downtown Upswing

Catie Petralia
Matt Unger
Brian Georgeson
Marquette Wire
Trump campaigns in Waukesha for Wisconsin vote

Keaton Walkowski
JAMS 320 and JAMS 342 Reporting Staffs

Media Milwaukee/UW-Milwaukee
It’s Not the Water

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