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2020 Excellence in Journalism Awardees

PROFESSIONAL WINNERS:

PANDEMIC SHOWECASE CATEGORIES

Best Pandemic Story in Print

GOLD  
Volume One staff
Volume One      
Outbroken: A Pandemic’s Effect on Wisconsin’s Food and Farms

SILVER 
Natalie Yahr
Cap Times          
How Madison’s Latino community is pulling together to survive COVID

BRONZE
Milwaukee Business Journal staff          
Milwaukee Business Journal      
Small Business, Big Mission

Best Pandemic Story in Audio   

GOLD   
Bryan B. Belmer
Reza Shaker, MD
Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast WI
Medical College of Wisconsin
WMSE 91.7 FM and Medical College of Wisconsin            
The Epidemiology of Disease: COVID-19 (CTSI Discovery Radio Episode #78)

SILVER 
Maureen McCollum      
Wisconsin Public Radio 
‘I Think About My Friends Every Day’: Third Graders Wrap Up School Year From Home During Pandemic

BRONZE
Christina Van Zelst
Jerry Imig           
WITI FOX6 NEWS
A Driveway Turned Center Stage

Best Pandemic Story in Video   

GOLD   
Volume One staff           
Volume One      
Outbroken: A Pandemic’s Effect on Wisconsin’s Food and Farms

SILVER 
Zac Schultz
Mike Baron
Ethan Freel
Tom Micksch    
PBS Wisconsin  
COVID on the Campaign Trail

BRONZE
Megan Carpenter           
Spectrum News 1            
Covid Clots: A Covid Long-Hauler Opens Up About His Long-Term Symptoms

Best Pandemic Story that Appeared Online       

GOLD   
Gail Grzybowski,
Justin Migliano
Milwaukee PBS
Home/Work | Stories of Impact | Gail’s Dad

SILVER 
Maddie Burakoff            
Spectrum News 1            
365 Days Of COVID-19: The Year In Pandemic Science

BRONZE
Bram Sable-Smith          
Wisconsin Watch and WPR         
How politics paralyzed Wisconsin’s pandemic response — and left families to grieve their losses

WRITING

Best Critical Review      

GOLD   
Dominique Paul Noth   
Urban Milwaukee           
3 Theater Reviews Urban Milwaukee

SILVER 
Gwendolyn Rice             
Isthmus               
Life worth living

BRONZE
Dean Robbins   
On Wisconsin    
Hair-Raising Performances

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

GOLD   
Dylan Brogan    
Isthmus               
Black Lives Matter protests

SILVER 
Cap Times staff
Cap Times          
Madison on Election Day

BRONZE              
Scott Girard       
Cap Times          
Madison School Board votes unanimously to end police in schools contract

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

GOLD   
Wisconsin Watch
First Draft News              
Seeking social justice in Wisconsin

SILVER 
Rich Rovito        
Milwaukee Magazine   
Milwaukee’s Protest Movement

BRONZE
Linda Falkenstein           
Isthmus               
Food access and COVID-19

Best Long Hard Feature Story    

GOLD   
Dan Simmons   
Milwaukee Magazine   
The Man by the River

SILVER 
Dylan Brogan
Isthmus               
A swing through a divided Wisconsin

BRONZE
Dave Cieslewicz
Isthmus               
WILL power

Best Long Soft Feature Story     

GOLD   
Dylan Brogan    
Isthmus               
Last dance

SILVER 
Michael Muckian
Henry Michaels               
Madison Magazine        
The Ghosts of Lost Live Performances

BRONZE
Marc Eisen         
Madison Magazine        
The Future of Madison’s ‘Epiconomy’

Best Short Hard Feature Story  

GOLD   
Tea Krulos          
Milwaukee Magazine   
Reporting Live from the Street

SILVER 
Jim Malewitz    
Wisconsin Watch            
Their Wisconsin ballots never arrived. So they risked a pandemic. Or stayed home.

BRONZE
Eric Lindquist    
Leader-Telegram             
Scary as hell

Best Short Soft Feature Story    

GOLD   
Matthew Martinez        
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
‘I felt like I lost a part of me’: How Camille Mays finds peace after gun violence took her son

SILVER 
Edgar Mendez  
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service               
Basketball coach demands his students score on and off the court

BRONZE
Rob Thomas      
Cap Times          
I’ll be back … with lunch

Best Sports Story

GOLD   
Jake Malooley 
Milwaukee Magazine   
A Family Affair

SILVER 
Rich Rovito        
Milwaukee Magazine   
This Nashotah Native Ran Her First-Ever Marathon and Qualified for the Olympics. Now, She Waits.

BRONZE
Erica Krug           
Isthmus               
Pretty Catchy

Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion             

GOLD   
Kaleem Caire    
Madison Magazine
The Black Hands That Built America

SILVER 
Kenneth Cole   
Milwaukee Independent              
Shorewood residents worry that proposed Atwater Beach fee could restrict recreational access

BRONZE
Dan Shafer         
The Recombobulation Area        
Wisconsin Is Now the Epicenter for Coronavirus in America

Best Business Story or Series    

GOLD   
Milwaukee Business Journal staff          
Milwaukee Business Journal      
Small Business Chronicles

SILVER 
Sari Lesk             
Milwaukee Business Journal      
The PPP Story: How the Paycheck Protection Program operated in Wisconsin

BRONZE
Lindsay Christians          
Cap Times          
Grubhub hubbub

Best Investigative Story or Series

(No gold awarded)

SILVER 
Parker Schorr    
Cap Times/Wisconsin Watch      
Digging Blind

BRONZE
Bram Sable Smith           
Wisconsin Watch and WPR         
Costly Care

Best Public Service Story or Series          

GOLD   
Natalie Yahr      
Cap Times          
Unreasonable suspicion: When residents call police, who pays the price when bias shapes their concerns?

SILVER 
Wisconsin Watch, APM Reports, 371 Productions and WPR         
Narrow Margin

BRONZE
Dorsey Kindler 
Concealed Carry Magazine         
Truckers & Self-Defense

Best Column     

GOLD   
Jessie Opoien  
Cap Times          

SILVER 
Paul Fanlund    
Cap Times          

BRONZE
Dan Shafer         
The Recombobulation Area        

Best Explanatory Story or Series              

GOLD   
Milwaukee Business Journal staff          
Milwaukee Business Journal      
One System, (Unequal Access) – How the financial systems fails Black-owned businesses and how that might change

SILVER 
Doug Erickson
Preston Schmitt              
On Wisconsin    
The Blast That Changed Everything

BRONZE
Maggie Ginsberg
Maija Inveiss    
Madison Magazine        
Where Our Garbage Goes + Tips for Low-Waste Living

Best Personal Profile    

GOLD   
Jake Malooley 
Milwaukee Magazine   
Organizing for Apocalypse Now

SILVER 
Mary Louise Schumacher            
Milwaukee Magazine   
Ruth

BRONZE
Rich Rovito        
Milwaukee Magazine   
This is the Revolution

Best Consumer Story or Series 

GOLD   
Bram Sable Smith           
Wisconsin Watch and WPR         
Lives on Hold

SILVER 
Jennifer Rude Klett       
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel        
Best Baking Ever: Freshly Milled Flour Adds Flavor, Nutrition to Holiday Baking

BRONZE              
Jenna Sachs
Annette Riese
Sara Smith         
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Contact 6

VISUAL JOURNALISM

Best Illustration or Cartoon        

GOLD   
Tommy Washbush         
Madison Magazine        
A Tale of Epic Proportions

SILVER 
Brandon Raygo
Cap Times          
Exhausted teaching assistant

BRONZE              
Ken Wangler    
Concealed Carry Magazine         
Cold Start

Best Photo Essay or Series          

GOLD   
Angela Major   
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Best Photos Of 2020

SILVER 
Ruthie Hauge   
Cap Times          
Madison nightlife, redefined

BRONZE
Claudio Martinez
Joe Brusky
Lee Matz            
Milwaukee Independent              
Civil Rights Murals: Local artists unite to inspire change for communities of color in Milwaukee

Best News Photograph

GOLD   
Lee Matz
Claudio Martinez
Joe Brusky
Dominic Inouye
Dan Barrett        
Milwaukee Independent              
Photomosaic of George Floyd uses 2,000 images from peaceful Milwaukee marches

SILVER 
Jim Piwowarczyk            
Wisconsin Right Now    
Kenosha Burns

BRONZE
Lee Matz            
Milwaukee Independent              
Marching for CPAC: Youth group chalks messages around City Hall demanding police accountability

Best Feature Photograph            

GOLD   
Ruthie Hauge   
Cap Times          
Virtual School

SILVER 
Lee Matz            
Milwaukee Independent              
Courage, Integrity, and Honor: Milwaukee pays tribute to fallen firefighters at special memorial ceremony

BRONZE
Ken Wangler
Dustin Reid
Daniel Acker     
Concealed Carry Magazine         
Check the Ingredients

Best Sports Photograph               

GOLD   
Rich Zimmermann          
Milwaukee Independent              
Vintage racers from yesteryear unlikely to rev up at the Milwaukee Mile Speedway this summer

(No silver or bronze awarded)

NEWSPAPER DESIGN

Best Overall Design       

GOLD   
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Jacqueline Prins
Matt Haesly      
Milwaukee Business Journal

(No silver or bronze awarded)

Best Special Section Design       

GOLD   
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Jacqueline Prins
Barb Zaferos
Scott Paulus      
Milwaukee Business Journal      
Milwaukee Business Journal – 40 Under 40

(No silver or bronze awarded)

MAGAZINE DESIGN

Best Overall Design       

GOLD   
Tim Burton
Emily Culp
Sarah Frautschi
Carol Shufro      
Madison Magazine        
January, August and September issues

SILVER 
Ken Wangler
Dustin Reid
Daniel Acker
Kelly Welke      
Concealed Carry Magazine         

BRONZE
Ann Christianson
Ashley Duchemin
Kayla Ermer
Shayna Mace    
BRAVA Magazine           
July/August 2020, September/October 2020, November/December 2020

Best Single Cover Design            

GOLD   
Tim Burton
Rebecca Radix  
Madison Magazine        
Black Lives Matter

SILVER 
Tim Burton
Tommy Washbush         
Madison Magazine        
A Tale of Epic Proportions

BRONZE
Brandon Raygo
Cap Times
Reaching out to dads in jail

Best Single Story or Feature Design       

GOLD   
Tim Burton        
Madison Magazine
The Future of Madison’s ‘Epiconomy’

SILVER 
Ken Wangler
Dustin Reid
Kurt Adams
Jared Blohm      
Concealed Carry Magazine         
Roll On

BRONZE
Ken Wangler
Dustin Reid
Daniel Acker
Ed Combs           
Concealed Carry Magazine         
Edgy Art

AUDIO

Best Coverage of a Single or Ongoing Breaking News Story

GOLD   
WUWM Staff   
WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR       
Demonstrations for Racial Justice Ignite in Wisconsin

SILVER 
Jonah Chester
Martin Rakacolli
Chali Pittman   
WORT FM           
Scenes From the 2020 Presidential Election

BRONZE
Jonah Chester  
WORT FM           
Epic Tries to Send Employees Back To In-Person Work

Best Series Reporting   

GOLD   
Mike Spaulding               
Newsradio WTMJ           
The Prison Pandemic

SILVER 
Emily Files         
WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR       
Virtual Classroom Series

BRONZE
WPR Staff          
Wisconsin Public Radio 
COVID-19 Obit Series

Best Long Hard Feature Story    

GOLD   
Chali Pittman   
WORT FM           
Doulas Demand Change

SILVER 
Marisa Wojcik  
PBS Wisconsin  
Tribal Nations Took Early COVID-19 Precautions

BRONZE
Richie Burke
DJ Hines
Greg Marshall
Khalif El-Amin  
The GoGedders Podcast              
A Candid Conversation on Race in Milwaukee

Best Long Soft Feature Story     

GOLD   
Maayan Silver  
WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR       
Tribute To Joan Wildman: A Jazz Pianist Whose Life Was Improvisation

SILVER 
Maureen McCollum      
Wisconsin Public Radio 
The Search For The Synthesizers Behind NPR’s “All Things Considered” Theme

BRONZE
Gianofer Fields
WORT FM           
Radio Chipstone: The Last Note

Best Short Hard Feature Story  

GOLD   
Laurel White    
Wisconsin Public Radio
How Long Has Wisconsin Been A Swing State?

SILVER 
Teran Powell    
WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR       
Black Residents Are The Most Impacted By COVID-19 In Milwaukee

BRONZE
Tony Bettack     
Melissa Barclay
Newsradio WTMJ           
Anatomy of a Protestor

Best Short Soft Feature Story    

GOLD   
Laura Pavin        
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Why Isn’t The UP Part Of Wisconsin?

SILVER 
Nate Imig           
88Nine Radio Milwaukee             
Barby the Book Fairy

BRONZE
Maureen McCollum      
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Meet The Nine-Year-Old Entrepreneur Behind Kyric’s Lemonade

Best Use of Audio Within a Report         

GOLD   
Tony Bettack     
Newsradio WTMJ           
Kenosha Protests

SILVER 
Maureen McCollum      
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Meet The Wisconsinites Who Build Their Own ‘Star Wars’ Droids

BRONZE
Andrew Konkle
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Sound Of Separation

Best Writing in an Audio Story 

GOLD   
Stu Levitan        
WORT FM           
Madison in the Sixties: The Battle of Dow

SILVER 
Yia Lor
Maureen McCollum      
Wisconsin Public Radio 
My Mother’s Tea: Skepticism And Love Of Family Traditions

BRONZE
Brad Williams  
WIZM-AM, KCLH-FM     
Yesterday in La Crosse, 1967 Ice Bowl

Best Podcast     

GOLD   
Tarik Moody
Reggie Jackson
Nate Imig           
88Nine Radio Milwaukee             
By Every Measure

SILVER 
Bryan Polcyn
Amanda St. Hilaire
Jenna Sachs
Dave Michuda
Stephen Davis
Sara Smith         
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Open Record

BRONZE
Richie Burke     
GoGeddit Marketing & Media and OnMilwaukee            
The GoGedders Podcast

VIDEO

Best Coverage of a Breaking News Story              

(No gold place awarded)

SILVER 
WISN 12 News Staff
WISN-TV             
2 Officers Shot: Fugitive Manhunt

BRONZE (tie)
TMJ4 News Staff             
TMJ4 News        
Mayfair Mall Shooting

BRONZE (tie)
WISN 12 News Staff
WISN-TV             
Mayfair Mall Mass Shooting

Best Multi-Day Coverage of an Ongoing Story   

(No gold place awarded)

SILVER 
WISN 12 News Staff
WISN-TV             
Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake

BRONZE
FOX6 News Staff             
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
COVID-19

Best Individual Reporting of News

GOLD   
Amanda St. Hilaire         
WITI FOX6 News              

SILVER 
Jenna Sachs
WITI FOX6 News              

BRONZE
Kasey Chronis  
WITI FOX6 News

Best Individual Reporting of Sports

GOLD   
Stephen Watson             
WISN-TV             

(No silver place awarded)

BRONZE
Stephanie Sutton           
WISN-TV             

Best Investigative Report or Series        

GOLD   
Amanda St. Hilaire
David Michuda
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
MPS Fundraiser Fallout

SILVER 
Kristin Byrne
Marty Hobe
Tamott Wolverton
Nicole Buckley 
TMJ4 News        
Unemployment System Collapse

BRONZE
Steve Chamraz
Marty Hobe
Tamott Wolverton         
TMJ4 News        
Use of Force

Best Long Hard Feature Story

GOLD   
Carl Deffenbaugh
Andrew Konkle
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Am I Really That Sick?

SILVER 
Ryan Jenkins
Ryan Whittaker               
TMJ4 News        
360: Interrupting Violence

BRONZE
Miguel Ramirez               
Telemundo Wisconsin   
Cat House/ Gatos Al Ataque

Best Long Soft Feature Story     

GOLD   
Tiff Pua
Sandy Maxx
Jason Piekarz
Brian Ewig
Jeff Mlagan
Darin Malkowski             
Milwaukee PBS
Deaf StorySlam – The Arts Page

SILVER 
Carl Deffenbaugh
Andrew Konkle
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Venmo Challenge

BRONZE
Alexandria Mack
Brian Ewig
Erica Drehfal
Stephanie Schreiber
Darin Malkowski             
Milwaukee PBS
Major General Marcia Anderson

Best Short Hard Feature Story  

GOLD   
Suzanne Spencer
Eric Litsheim     
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Cold Case: Warren Wright

SILVER 
Nathan Phelps 
Spectrum News 1            
Branding Company Pivots During Pandemic

BRONZE              
Tamott Wolverton         
TMJ4 News
Protecting First Responders

Best Short Soft Feature Story    

GOLD   
Trevor Keller
Josh Kappler     
PBS Wisconsin  
WIsconsin Life: Hip-Hop Chess Club

SILVER 
Jeff Dahdah       
Spectrum News 1            
The Effort to Name Wisconsin’s State Cheese

BRONZE
Derrick Rose
Ryan Casper      
WISN-TV             
“Infinite Humanity” Photo Project

Best News Program       

GOLD   
WISN 12 News 
WISN-TV             
50 Days: Shutdown Diary

SILVER 
FOX6 News Staff             
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Finding a Way Forward

BRONZE
Tariq Almagri
Shelby Kisling
JR Ross
Henry Seroogy
Emma Siewert
Steven Walters
WisconsinEye.org           
WisconsinEye | Rewind: Your Year in Review for 2020

Best Sports Program

GOLD   
Stephanie Miller
Stephen Watson             
WISN-TV             
Big 12 Sports: 2020 An Unprecedented Year

SILVER 
Dennis Krause
Donny Rogers
Craig Hofer        
Spectrum News 1            
The Roundtable on Spectrum: Packers Top Ravens

(No Bronze awarded)

Best Newscast 

GOLD   
WISN 12 News 
WISN-TV             
Mayfair Mall Mass Shooting

SILVER 
TMJ4 News Staff             
TMJ4 News        
TMJ4 News Today – Post-Election Day

BRONZE
FOX6 News Staff             
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
FOX6 News at 9: Mayfair Mall Shooting

Best Writing in a Video Story    

GOLD   
Amanda St. Hilaire
David Michuda
FOX6 Photojournalist Staff         
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Child Care Crisis

SILVER 
Bryan Polcyn
David Michuda
FOX6 Photojournalist Staff         
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Who Are the Media?

BRONZE
Rachael Glaszcz
Eric Steffens     
TMJ4 News        
Juan Pablo Strong

Best Documentary         

GOLD   
Grant Fenster
Laurie Gorman
Jon Hornbacher
Jon Sovey
Kerman Eckes
Will Salzmann  
PBS Wisconsin  
Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace

SILVER 
Traci Neuman
Brian Ewig
Chris Michalski
Maryann Lazarski
Chris Hays
Bohdan Zachary               
Milwaukee PBS
Shipwrecks of Milwaukee

BRONZE
WISN 12 News 
WISN-TV             
Changing The Game

Best Editing       

GOLD   
Andrew Konkle
WITI FOX6 NEWS             
Andrew Konkle Composite

SILVER 

Jason Fechner  
Spectrum News 1            
The First Days Under Safer at Home

BRONZE
Saman Wanniarachchi  
WISN-TV             
Coronavirus Photo Journal

ONLINE

Best Online Coverage of News 

GOLD   
TMJ4 News Web Staff  
TMJ4 News        
TMJ4.com

SILVER 
Rich Kremer
Rachael Vasquez
Angela Major
Bridgit Bowden
Shamane Mills
David Hyland    
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Kenosha Protest, Shooting

BRONZE
WPR Staff          
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Madison, Milwaukee Protests

Best Online Coverage of Sports

GOLD   
John Hughes
Jim Kelsh
Mike Davis
Gary D’Amato
Rob Hernandez
Dennis McCann               
Wisconsin.Golf | Killarney Golf Media   

(No silver or bronze place awarded)

Best Use of Multimedia              

GOLD   
Volume One staff           
Volume One      
“Outbroken” feature website

SILVER 
Lee Matz            
Milwaukee Independent              
Civil Rights groups offer words of healing to Kenosha until Mayor John Antarmian upends the effort

BRONZE
Hailey Kunz
Aly Prouty
Kevin Schwaller
Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin Staff          
Spectrum News 1            
Kenosha Live Blog

Best Website Design    

GOLD   
Paul Higgins
Evan Primakow
Katie Williams
Carole Nicksin
Allison Garcia
Chris Drosner   
Milwaukee Magazine   

SILVER 
Tarik Moody
Flipeleven         
88Nine Radio Milwaukee             
RadioMilwaukee.org

BRONZE
Kristian Knutsen
Laura Zimmerman
WisContext        
wiscontext.org

Best Local News or Feature Website     

GOLD   
David Hyland
Andrea Anderson
Jenny Peek
John K. Wilson
Alyssa Allemand
Erik Lorenzsonn
Mary Kate McCoy           
Wisconsin Public Radio 
WPR.org

SILVER 
Kristian Knutsen
Will Cushman  
WisContext        
wiscontext.org

BRONZE
Don Ross
Volume One staff           
Volume One      
VolumeOne.org

Best Blog            

GOLD   
Lee Matz            
Milwaukee Independent              
From SARS to the frontline of tragedies: A journey of photo-documenting history in realtime

SILVER 
Heather Cox Richardson              
Milwaukee Independent              
Thoughts from an American

BRONZE
John Pavlovitz  
Milwaukee Independent              
The loss of faith and price of our pandemic

Best Use of Multi-Platform Reporting  

GOLD   
Kevin Schwaller
Jason Fechner  
Spectrum News 1            
The Stories that Defined 2020

SILVER 
Will Cushman
Corrinne Hess
Zac Schultz
Bridgit Bowden
Philip Ashby
Kristian Knutsen             
WisContext, PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio
Police Residency, Unions and Oversight in Wisconsin

BRONZE
Brad Evans
Amy Smith         
WISN.com          
AMBER Alert ends with 3 dead

Best Hard Feature Story              

GOLD   
Corrinne Hess  
Wisconsin Public Radio 
The Summer That Wasn’t

SILVER 
Maddie Burakoff            
Spectrum News 1            
Wisconsin Researchers Try Out A Quicker, Easier Coronavirus Test

BRONZE              
Andy Soth          
WisContext        
How AIDS Pushed Wisconsin to Change its Approach to Public Health

Best Soft Feature Story

GOLD   
Mike Woods     
Spectrum News 1            
An Insider’s Look at Van Halen’s Three Days in Madison

SILVER 
Gary D’Amato  
Wisconsin.Golf | Killarney Golf Media   
After a lifetime spent helping golfers, driving range owner Bob Burns needs golf’s help

BRONZE
Rich Rovito        
Milwaukee Magazine   
How a Wisconsin Senator Helped Establish Earth Day 50 Years Ago

Best Sports Story            

GOLD   
Rich Rovito        
Milwaukee Magazine   
How Waukesha’s Gold Medalist Is Spending Her Summer Without Olympics

SILVER 
Rich Rovito        
Milwaukee Magazine   
Milkmen Bring Home the Championship For Milwaukee

BRONZE
Gary D’Amato  
Wisconsin.Golf | Killarney Golf Media   
Do you believe in miracles? For this group of Erin Hills caddies, with one of them battling a serious illness, a single swing was a sign from above.

Best Business Story or Series    

GOLD   
Maredithe Meyer          
BizTimes Milwaukee      
Businesses, insurers at odds over COVID-19 business interruption claims

SILVER 
Kathryn Larson 
Spectrum News 1            
Madison Company is First in U.S. to Put a Black Woman on a Beer Can

BRONZE
Gary D’Amato  
Wisconsin.Golf | Killarney Golf Media   
Help wanted: Make your living on a golf course. Anyone out there?

Best Investigative Story or Series

GOLD   
Will Cushman
Howard Hardee
Jim Malewitz
Kristian Knutsen             
WisContext and Wisconsin Watch           
COVID-19 Data Reporting and Misinformation in Wisconsin

SILVER 
Dee J. Hall
Coburn Dukehart            
Wisconsin Watch            
Child abuse doctor leaves a trail of accusations of bullying

BRONZE
Rob Mentzer
Keegan Kyle      
Wisconsin Public Radio 
Rising Inmate Population In Wisconsin Strains Local Jails

Best Public Service Story or Series

GOLD   
WUWM, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee PBS and Milwaukee Public Library Staffs     
WUWM, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee PBS and Milwaukee Public Library       
Listen MKE

SILVER 
Howard Hardee
Max Witynski
Jessica Christoffer
Keenan Chen    
Wisconsin Watch, First Draft News, Center for Journalism Ethics               
Uncovering disinformation in Wisconsin

BRONZE
Will Cushman  
WisContext        
Wisconsin Masks Up

Best Column     

GOLD   
Dennis McCann               
Wisconsin.Golf | Killarney Golf Media   

SILVER 
Dan Shafer         
The Recombobulation Area        

BRONZE
Andy Moore     
PBS Wisconsin  
No Place Like Home

Best Explanatory Story or Series              

GOLD   
Will Cushman
Mark Riechers
Samantha Nash
WisContext        
Wisconsin’s Pandemic Year

SILVER 
Andrea Anderson
Jenny Peek
John K. Wilson
Erik Lorenzsonn
David Hyland    
Wisconsin Public Radio 
WPR.org’s Coronavirus In Wisconsin Section

BRONZE
Peter Cameron
Wisconsin Watch            
Lesson Plans: Rural schools grapple with COVID-19

Best Journalistic Use of Social Media to Tell or Enhance a Story

GOLD   
Brad Evans
Amy Smith         
WISN.com          
Jacob Blake police shooting

SILVER 
Allison Dikanovic
Clara Neupert
Princess Safiya Byers
Claire DeRosa   
Wisconsin Watch and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service  
Evictions engagement

BRONZE
Nyesha Stone   
Pamelina Williams
Carvd N Stone  

COLLEGIATE WINNERS:

PANDEMIC SHOWCASE CATEGORIES

Best Pandemic Story in Print     

GOLD   
Giselle Martin Gomez  
Mount Mary University Arches 
Nonprofits survive the pandemic

SILVER 
Hannah Feuer  
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle         
Nervous about postal delays? Here’s how to make sure your vote is counted.

BRONZE              
Aspen Ramos   
Marquette Wire               
Parties, social gatherings still taking place on campus

Best Pandemic Story in Audio   

GOLD   
Haley Krueger  
Media Milwaukee
UWM Offers Targeted Covid Test for People with Symptoms

SILVER 
Media Milwaukee staff               
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
How We’re Living Now

BRONZE              
Payton Bachochin           
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Video Games Strengthen a Fragile Bond for Sisters Stuck at Home

Best Pandemic Story in Video   

GOLD   
Mazie Baldus
Lelah Byron       
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Pandemic Waste

SILVER 
Joseph Pethan
Wat Lee              
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
Deemed Essential

BRONZE              
Laura Bunn        
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication   
Quarantine: An Acrostic

Best Pandemic Story That Appeared Online       

GOLD
Emily Blazer
Mount Mary University Arches
A Critical Lens on MMU Safety Regulations: Are COVID-19 Guidelines Being Enforced?

SILVER 
Natallie St. Onge
Marquette Wire
Student, alum contract coronavirus abroad

BRONZE
Adam Kelnhofer             
UWM Post
Milwaukee Voting Lines Stretch for Blocks, Voters Pelted with Hail

WRITING

Best News Story

GOLD   
Adam Kelnhofer
UWM Post         
Milwaukee Recount Results to Be Announced Day After Thanksgiving

SILVER 
Annie Mattea   
Marquette Wire               
Dean of the College of Business Administration, Joe Daniels, dies at 60

BRONZE
Shir Bloch
Alexa Jurado     
Marquette Wire               
Parties Still Happening

Best Long Hard Feature Story    

GOLD   
Brian Huynh      
Curb magazine
404 School Not Found by Brian Huynh

SILVER 
Quinn Clark
Emily Cabaltera               
Mount Mary University Arches 
Mount Mary students explain who they voted for

BRONZE
Addison Lathers              
The Daily Cardinal           
‘The system is broken’: Madison’s local government is inaccessible to those that need it most

Best Long Soft Feature Story     

GOLD   
Adam Kelnhofer
Ethan Duran      
UWM Post         
“It was a nightmare.” – Students Talk About Their Experiences After Residence Halls Close

SILVER 
Molly Liebergall              
Curb magazine
Bedroom Beats

BRONZE
Genevieve Vahl              
Curb magazine
Take What You Need, Give What You Can

Best Short Hard Feature Story  

GOLD   
Will Cioci           
The Daily Cardinal           
‘Becky is going to listen to us today’: BIPOC Coalition, TAA march for racial justice and a police-free campus

SILVER 
Wat Lee
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Party Outreach is Critical to Reaching Asian American Voters

BRONZE
John Quinnies  
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Americans Don’t Know What to Believe This Election Season

Best Short Soft Feature Story    

GOLD   
Richa Karmarkar              
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Finding Hope through Music: The Voices of Quarantine

SILVER 
Hannah Feuer  
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle         
Mequon native’s novel is on childhood medical condition

BRONZE
Brianna Schubert
UWM Post
Vegetables, Kit-Kats and Home: How a UWM Student-Artist is Making it Work in Remote Learning

Best Sports Story            

GOLD   
Andrew Amouzou          
Marquette Wire               
Fleur Eggnick reflects on athletic family, journey to MU

SILVER 
Matt Yeazel
Marquette Wire
What’s summer without baseball?

BRONZE
Zoe Comerford
Marquette Wire               
Marquette community, sports legends mourn Kobe Bryant

Best Investigative Reporting     

GOLD   
Beck Salgado    
Marquette Wire               
MUPD’s silence after crimes seen as concerning

SILVER 
Matthew Harte
Marquette Wire
University faces economic fallout

BRONZE
Lelah Byron       
Marquette Wire               
Faculty concerns amid layoffs

Best Editorial or Commentary   

GOLD   
Allison Beebe  
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Dawn of COVID-19 in Cape Town: A Backpacker’s Account of Travel During the Pandemic

SILVER 
The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board           
The Daily Cardinal           
Cardinal View: What did you expect?

BRONZE
Marquette Wire Editorial Board              
Marquette Wire
Time is running out

VISUAL JOURNALISM

Best Still Photograph/Photos    

GOLD   
Patricia McKnight           
Media Milwaukee           
Fulfill the Dream

SILVER 
Brian Huynh      
Curb magazine
Photo series by Brian Huynh

BRONZE
Denisse Hernandez       
Mount Mary University Arches 
The Meaning of Black Lives Matter

AUDIO

Best News Story Single or Ongoing        

GOLD   
Nick Galle
Kelli Arseneau
Dan Avington
Roy Bowler        
Marquette Wire: MUR  
Covid Across America

SILVER 
Mazie Baldus    
Marquette Wire: MUR  
COVID & OZZI

BRONZE
Patrick Caine    
WRST-FM           
Bald Eagles Return

Best Feature Story         

GOLD   
Andrew Haese 
WRST-FM           
A Kwick Pandemic

SILVER 
Patrick Caine    
WRST-FM           
History of KFIZ

BRONZE
Jalen Dixon       
WRST-FM           
Learning is Hard

Best Sports Story            

(No gold place awarded)

SILVER 
John Leuzzi        
Marquette Wire: MUR  
From Player to Coach

BRONZE
Grayson Sewell               
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Friends Get Out for Some Fresh Air and ‘Frolfing’

Best Podcast     

GOLD   
Nathan Denzin 
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication   
Isolated: Our Corona Virus Story

SILVER 
Joe Schultz        
WRST-FM           
Week In Review April 24, 2020

(No bronze place awarded)

VIDEO

Best News Story Single or Ongoing        

GOLD   
Nick Galle
Aimee Galaszewski
Dan Avington
Roy Bowler
Joseph Beaird  
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Covid Across America

SILVER 
Terese Radke   
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
Early Voting Going Strong in Milwaukee

BRONZE              
Terese Radke   
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
Local Shops Make the Most of Small Business Saturday

Best Feature Story         

GOLD   
Richa Karmarkar              
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
“Voces de la Frontera” Brings Election Closer to Latinos

SILVER 
Jacob Stahl        
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
Local Volunteers Spread the Joy in Milwaukee

BRONZE
Lelah Byron
Sam Arco
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Marquette’s Melodic Secret

Best Sports Story            

GOLD   
Zoe Comerford
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Life Without Markus

SILVER 
Tyler Peters
Randi Haseman               
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Esports

BRONZE

Jack Phillips      
Marquette Wire: MUTV
A New Lacrosse Era

Best Newscast 

GOLD   
The Badger Report Staff
Tamia Fowlkes
Sally Young       
The Badger Report, UW Madison            
The Badger Report Newscast

SILVER 
The Badger Report Staff
Nathan Denzin
Sophia Madore
The Badger Report, UW Madison            
The Badger Report Newscast

BRONZE
Isabel Tuisl
Rickiya Hatch
Kaylee Staral
Vanessa Rivera
M’Layo Sago
Cal Gessner
Marquette Wire: MUTV
Marquette Now, 02/12/2020

Best Program, Documentary or Special 

GOLD   
Terese Radke   
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
A Much Kneaded Pastime

SILVER 
Hazel Tang         
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication   
Blind Spot

BRONZE
Molly Nelson   
Media Milwaukee – UW-Milwaukee       
Local Food Pantry Becomes Light of Hope

ONLINE

Best Use of Multi-Media            

GOLD   
Media Milwaukee staff               
Media Milwaukee           
Rising Waters

SILVER 
Elizabeth Marie Lang Oreamuno             
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication   
Covida: The Corona Virus in Costa Rica

BRONZE
Brenda Nelson Davis
Leslie Chavez   
Mount Mary University Arches 
Stories from the Sisters: Sister Joanne Poehlman

Best Website Design    

GOLD   
Quinn Clark
Emily Cabaltera
Leslie Chavez
Allyson Gebauer
Denisse Hernandez       
Mount Mary University Arches 
Archesnews.com

SILVER 
Marquette Wire Staff   
Marquette Wire               
Marquettewire.org

BRONZE
2020 Curb Pause team  
Curb Magazine
Curb Pause website

Best Local News or Feature Website

GOLD   
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication Staff
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication   
2020 in 20-20

SILVER 
Media Milwaukee staff               
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Media Milwaukee

(No bronze awarded)

Best Blog            

GOLD   
Brenda Nelson-Davis    
Mount Mary University Arches 
COVID Diaries

SILVER 
Media Milwaukee Staff               
Media Milwaukee           
Vanishing Island

BRONZE              
Aspen Ramos   
Marquette Wire               
COVID-19 BLOG: Everything happens for a reason

Best News Story              

GOLD   
John Quinnies  
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Colectivo Coffee Workers Try to Unionize During Pandemic

SILVER 
Jay Stahl
UWM Post
How Curd Queen Has the Internet Cheesin’ Again

BRONZE
Natallie St. Onge
Marquette Wire
President Lovell’s son withdraws after posting racist, sexist posts

Best Hard Feature Story              

GOLD   
John Quinnies
Destiny DeVooght
Matthew Hollendonner
Hannah Borchert
Taylor Wietzke
Media Milwaukee           
Into the Night

SILVER 
Benjamin Wells
Natallie St. Onge            
Marquette Wire               
Democracy in Darkness

BRONZE
Jessica Gatzow
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Fighting for Climate Change Justice on Milwaukee’s North Side

Best Soft Feature Story

(No gold place awarded)

SILVER 
Patricia McKnight
Media Milwaukee Staff               
Media Milwaukee           
Into the Bayou

BRONZE
Adrian Hurd      
Media Milwaukee – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
‘The Pandemic Helped Me Find My Purpose’: Black Women-Owned Businesses Persevere in 2020                                  

Best Investigative Reporting     

GOLD   
Media Milwaukee Staff               
Media Milwaukee           
Rising Waters

(No silver or bronze awarded)

Best Editorial or Commentary   

GOLD   
Aminah Beg      
Marquette Wire               
The Privilege of Political Apathy

SILVER 
Zachary Semancik           
UWM Post         
Thank You Kobe

BRONZE
Everett Eaton   
UWM Post
A Review of My Mental State During the Election

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