Professional Winners


Writing

Best Critical Review

Rob Thomas
Cap Times
Bruce Springsteen proves it all night at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum

Kevin Lynch
Culture Currents (Vernaculars Speak)      
Miguel Zenon builds a bridge from his Puerto Rican soul to the world

Dominique Paul Noth   
Urban Milwaukee
Revisiting Virginia Woolf in new production

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

Kelly Meyerhofer
Rory Linnane    
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
La Crosse chancellor fired for appearing in porn

Journal Sentinel staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Providing clarity on the complex machinations of Act 12

Rob Golub
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle 
Meyers Leonard speaks, years after antisemitic slur

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

Vanessa Swales
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
Milwaukee County Jail in crisis

Jim Owczarski
Ben Steele
Lori Nickel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
Giannis Antetokounmpo at 10 years

Samara Kalk Derby  
Wisconsin State Journal 
Save Rudi the pig

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Stephanie Rodriguez
Mark Cherek
Susanne Barthel
CBS 58
Discovered documents reveal more about Milwaukee County Insane Asylum

Jeff Oloizia         
Madison Magazine
Is This Just a Drill?

Rory Linnane    
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A year at Carmen Northwest: a student death, exodus of teachers and a quashed protest

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Emma Waldinger
Madison Magazine
The New America’s Dairyland

John Gurda       
Milwaukee Magazine     
Driftless Dreams: When pastoral idealism meets Mother Nature

Preston Schmitt              
On Wisconsin    
Creating the Badger Brand

Best Short Hard Feature Story    

Chris Ramirez    
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
Dana Williams was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Fond du Lac. Her sisters want tougher laws

Graham Kilmer 
Urban Milwaukee 
On the Front Lines of Overdose Crisis

Sarah Lehr  
Wisconsin Public Radio 
The number of older people behind bars is skyrocketing in Wisconsin and across the country

Best Short Soft Feature Story

Graham Kilmer 
Urban Milwaukee
Marine Historical Society Launches ‘Little Boat I’ in Lake Michigan

Jonah Belekis    
Wisconsin Public Radio
Part of their world: Wisconsin’s ‘Mermaid Echo’ explains the tough work of performing with a tail

Samara Kalk Derby
Wisconsin State Journal
‘Running Man’ a constant in Downtown Madison; once 440 pounds, he’s now down to 180

Best Sports Story

Lori Nickel 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Feeling the stress, Giannis once almost quit the NBA

Tea Krulos
Milwaukee Magazine
Surfing the Fresh Coast

Corrinne Hess 
Wisconsin Public Radio  
Wisconsin saw the nation’s steepest decline in football participation. Now some schools are getting creative.

Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion

John Nichols
Dave Zweifel
Steven Elbow    
Cap Times          
If Republicans cared about free speech, they’d listen to UW students

John Nichols
Dave Zweifel
Steven Elbow
Cap Times
Robin Vos proposes the wrong idea at the wrong time for UW

Mike De Sisti
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
Milwaukee needs a public observation deck so we can all view our amazing skyline

Best Business or Consumer Story or Series

Marc Eisen 
Isthmus Community Media
Opportunity Lost

Maggie Ginsberg
Madison Magazine Wings Not Strings

Tom Daykin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
American Family Field public funding

Best Investigative Story or Series

Ashley Luthern 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Deadly domestic violence in Milwaukee County

Kelly Meyerhofer
Sarah Volpenhein
Frank Vaisvilas 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Indigenous or pretender? Questions raised about UW-Milwaukee professor who led Native studies institute

Corrinne Hess   
Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Watch 
Wisconsin GOP official Gerard Randall questioned over no-bid contracts from Milwaukee Public Schools

Best Public Service Story or Series           

Eric Murphy
Isthmus Community Media
There is no life

John Diedrich
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Behind the Gun

Corrinne Hess
Ashley Luthern 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Rape victim says Supreme Court ads about her case are traumatizing and inaccurate

Best Column

Emma Waldinger
Madison Magazine
Back of House

James E. Causey
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
James Causey columns

Tom Saler 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Historical Perspectives

Best Explanatory Story or Series

Jana Rose Schleis
Cap Times
Net Metering

Erica Krug
Edible Madison
Kernza: A Promising Wondergrain

Caitlin Looby
Frank Vaisvilas
Madeline Heim
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Navigating climate change with Indigenous knowledge

Best Personal Profile

Steven Walters 
Isthmus Community Media
Teaching an old party new tricks: How Ben Wikler saved the Wisconsin Democratic Party

Sophie Carson  
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
WWII re-enactments draw dozens in Nazi uniforms — and one Jewish educator working to make sure the Holocaust is remembered

Ashley Luthern 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This Milwaukee doctor sees kids shot every week. She wants the gun violence to stop.

Visual Journalism

Best Illustration, Cartoon or Animation  

Camille Davis
Isthmus Community Media
Flock Together

Margaret Flatley
Madison Magazine
Space Oddity

Steve Dorchester
Jill Sisson Quinn
Brandon Ribordy
Brad Kolberg
Kelly Saran
Maureen McCollum
PBS Wisconsin   
A Mother’s Lesson From Rib Mountain

Best Photo Essay or Series

Glenn Trudel
Maggie Ginsberg
Madison Magazine
The Man Behind ‘The Kiss’

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Medical Mission to Jordan: The faces of Syrian refugees and their health struggles after years of war

Carole Burns
John Unser
Milwaukee PBS 
Milwaukee’s 52nd Juneteenth Celebration

Best News Photograph

Lee Matz 
Milwaukee Independent
Bombs in the night: Why children in Uman are still traumatized by Russia’s missile attack

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
The bus is for all of us: Milwaukee County’s 2023 Pride Month kicks off with new MCTS Pride Bus design

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Governor Evers signs legislation to increase penalties for carjacking and reckless driving in Wisconsin

Best Feature Photograph

Ruthie Hauge
Cap Times
Juneteenth

Patrick Stutz
Madison Magazine
I Wish I Had a River

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Wisconsin Ukrainians host annual fundraising picnic to support homeland on 500th day of war

Best Sports Photograph

Dave Radcliffe  
The Freeman
Back-to-back champs

Newspaper Design

Best Overall Design

Tommy Washbush
Hannah Jilk        
Isthmus Community Media
Isthmus SummerTimes 2023

Mark Kass
Sari Lesk
Jacqueline Prins
Leah Samol
Barb Zaferos
Milwaukee Business Journal        

Best Special Section Design

Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Sari Lesk
Barb Zaferos
Jacqueline Prins
Leah Samol       
Milwaukee Business Journal
40 Under 40, Women of Influence, 40th Anniversary Section

Magazine Design

Best Overall Design

Julie Barber
Melissa Moody
Shayna Mace    
BRAVA Magazine
May/June 2023, July/August 2023, September/August 2023

Tim Burton
Emily Culp
Carol Shufro
Sarah Frautschi Madison Magazine

Chelsea Mamerow
Susan Evenson
Bianca Cabral
Sophie Yufa
Milwaukee Magazine

Best Single Cover Design

Tim Burton
Madison Magazine
Best of Madison

Chelsea Mamerow
Anna Sorokina 
Milwaukee Magazine
January 2023

Robert Colletta
Chris Westin
Don Butler
MKE Lifestyle magazine
Making the Perfect Steak

Best Single Story or Feature Design

Tim Burton
Madison Magazine
Like a Complete Unknown

Danielle Lawry 
On Wisconsin 
Creating the Badger Brand

Allison Buchli
Volume One staff 
Volume One
All Aboard!

Audio

Best Coverage of a Single or Ongoing Breaking News Story

620 WTMJ News Team 
620 WTMJ 
Milwaukee Brewers Stadium Deal

620 WTMJ News Team 
620 WTMJ
Officer Peter Jerving Tragedy

Vince Vitrano    
620 WTMJ
“March for Israel” in Washington D.C. Coverage

Best Series Reporting

Steve Scaffidi
Brandon Sneide 
620 WTMJ
Salute to Service 2023

Salam Fatayer   
Radio Milwaukee
Uniquely Milwaukee: Body Image Series

Wisconsin Public Radio and The NEW News Lab  
Home Is Here

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Adam Roberts
620 WTMJ          
Milwaukee’s Streetcar: A Critical Crossroads

Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Bryan B. Belmer
Dr. Reza Shaker
Dr. Doriel Ward
WMSE 91.7 FM 
CTSI Discovery Radio (Episode #110) – The BRAVE Program: Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment for Military Veterans & First Responders

Teran Powell 
WUWM 
Teachers want an expanded Black History curriculum, but some conservatives want to dictate the type

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Bryan B. Belmer
Dr. Reza Shaker
Dr. Doriel Ward
WMSE 91.7 FM 
CTSI Discovery Radio (Episode #111) – Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease & Project Bubaloo

Dusty Weis
Will Henry
Podcamp Media Lead Balloon Ep. 43 – Brands Don’t Have the Rizz: Appropriating Gen Z Slang Is Falling Flat in Social Media Marketing

Sam Woods       
WUWM
‘Do For Self’: Black Cross Nurses in Milwaukee

Best Short Hard Feature Story

Erik Bilstad
620 WTMJ
West Bend Parents Raise Awareness of Wisconsin’s Drunk Driving Problem

Hope Kirwan     
Wisconsin Public Radio
Flood-control dams in Driftless Area failed after catastrophic rain. Some residents say a new approach is needed.

Eddie Morales  
WUWM
Wisconsin launches Narcan vending machines to reduce overdoses

Best Short Soft Feature Story

Erik Bilstad
620 WTMJ
A Partnership with a Purpose: Special Needs Employees Thrive at Dodge County Plant

Gaby Vinick
Wisconsin Public Radio  
‘I can express myself here’: Girls Rock Camp Madison builds community through music

Jess Miller
WORT 89.9 FM 
At 93, Joe Silverberg Is Still Sailing

Best Use of Audio Within a Report

Jane Hampden 
Wisconsin Public Radio
Oldest Lionel Railroad Club chugs along in New Berlin

Catherine Garvens
WORT 89.9 FM 
Ride Along With the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey!

Joy Powers
Lina Tran
WUWM Radio   
Wisconsin farm turns waste into profit by creating electricity from manure

Best Writing in an Audio Story

Adam Roberts
620 WTMJ
An Ode to Mailman Mike

David Ahrens
Chali Pittman
WORT 89.9 FM 
An Obit Special: People We Lost In 2023

Audrey Nowakowski
WUWM
How Enderis Park neighborhood’s namesake, Dorothy Enderis, shaped Milwaukee Recreation

Best Original Podcast

Angela Russell
Madison365 
Black Oxygen: “Greatness should be normal” with Judge Everett Mitchell

Dusty Weis
Beatrice Lawrence
Podcamp Media
Lead Balloon Ep. 40 – In Event of Moon Disaster: The Greatest Speech Never Given

Jim Piwowarczyk
Jessica McBride
Jenna Piwowarczyk
Wisconsin Right Now
Ron DeSantis Makes National News

Best Regularly-Scheduled Audio Program

Vince Vitrano
Erik Bilstad
Adam Roberts
Debbie Lazaga
Greg Hill
620 WTMJ
Wisconsin’s Morning News

Vickie Eiden
Rob McClure
Diego Alegría
David Ahrens
Stu Levitan
Faye Parks
WORT 89.9 FM 
WORT Local News

Joy Powers
Sam Woods
Becky Mortensen
WUWM
Lake Effect Jail Special

Video

Best Coverage of a Breaking News Story

Megan Carpenter
Savanna Tomei
Spectrum News 1
Planned Parenthood Resumes Abortions

WISN 12 News
WISN TV   
Milwaukee Police Officer Killed

WISN 12 News
WISN TV 
Parking Garage Collapse

Best Multi-Day Coverage of an Ongoing Story

Steven Potter
Zac Schultz
PBS Wisconsin 
How Wisconsin’s budget impacts people and their communities

WISN 12 News  
WISN TV
Toxic Chemical: Apartments Evacuated

Tim Vetscher
Nicole Buckley
Stacey Alletto
Steve Chamraz
WTMJ-TV
Project: Drive Safer

Best Individual Reporting of News

Mike Curkov 
CBS 58

Paulo Alvarado
Telemundo Wisconsin    
Serie especial: La recompensa de un héroe #2

Jenna Rae
TMJ4 NEWS

Best Individual Reporting of Sports

Scott Grodsky
CBS 58  

Dario Melendez 
WISN TV

Stephanie Sutton WISN TV             

Best Investigative Report or Series

Daniela Cado
Susanne Barthel
CBS 58  
TikTok Takeover Series

James Stratton 
WISN TV
COVID Test Billing Scheme

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Patricia Gomez
Yvonne Sanchez
Jason Piekarz
Grant Martin
Arlene Giuliani
John Larsheid   
Milwaukee PBS 
Voces de la Frontera – May Day

Scottie Lee Meyers
Darin Malkowski
Brian Ewig
Jason Piekarz
Erica Drehfal
Chris Michalski 
Milwaukee PBS 
Shakespeare with Veterans

Nathan Denzin 
PBS Wisconsin   
Wisconsin’s wild rice harvest and threats of climate change

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Mike Curkov
Cody Bergquist
Jerry Imig
Susanne Barthel
CBS 58  
AI Wrote This Song: Oh, Milwaukee!

Patricia Gomez
Yvonne Sanchez
Justin Migliano
Brian Ewig
Erica Drehfal
Jason Piekarz
Milwaukee PBS 
Somos Latinas

Dario Melendez
Jared Fialko
WISN TV
Ash to Smash

Best Short Hard Feature Story

Patrick Paolantonio
Jason Hunter
WISN TV
Spinal Cord Injury Hope

Bret Lemoine
Eddie Poser
Sara Smith
WITI FOX6
A Final Wish

Jenna Sachs
Tim Primeau
WITI FOX6
Disposal Dilemma

Best Short Soft Feature Story

Mike Curkov
Cody Bergquist
Kevin Weis
Randy Engel
Susanne Barthel
CBS 58
Why we are using subtitles more often

Paulo Alvarado
Edwin Gonzalez
Telemundo Wisconsin    
UW Milwaukee ayuda en los esfuerzos para limitar la contaminación del agua

Susan Kim
Andrew Huggins
Nicole Buckley
TMJ4 News
The Family Behind the Flower Hole

Best Regularly-Scheduled News or Sports Program

Alex Corradetti 
CBS 58 News     
Racine and Me

Andrew Levinson
Mike Strehlow
CBS 58 News Staff
CBS 58  
CBS 58 Sunday Morning

Matt Smith
Gerron Jordan
John Eddy
Bob Palmer       
WISN TV
UpFront: Inside The Spin Room

Best One-Time Special

Murv Seymour 
PBS Wisconsin   
Wisconsin in Black & White

Anthony DaBruzzi
Mandy Hague
Brandon Millman
Spectrum News 1
Misunderstood: Stories of Addiction

Shannon Sims
Brianna Sitkowski
TMJ4
Beyond the Bullet

Best Newscast

Sara Scheely Johnson
CBS 58 News Staff
CBS 58  
CBS 58 News at 5PM February 7th

WISN 12 News
WISN TV
GOP Debate in Milwaukee

FOX6 News Staff
WITI FOX6
FOX6 News at 9

Best Writing in a Video Story

AJ Bayatpour 
CBS 58  
Bash for Big Al

Alex Corradetti
Cody Bergquist 
CBS 58 News
Caffeinating with Compassion: Sippie Hippie

Bryan Polcyn
Tim Primeau
Eric Litsheim
Sara Smith
Dave Michuda  
WITI FOX6
Immoral Conduct

Best Documentary

Maryann Lazarski
Scottie Lee Meyers
Darin Malkowski
Justin Migliano
Brian Ewig
Chris Michalski
Thay Yang
Jason Piekarz
Erica Drehfal     
Milwaukee PBS 
A Hallowed Home for Heroes

Laurie Gorman
Emily Julka
James Donovan
Michael Frank
Ethan Freel
Thomas Meyer 
PBS Wisconsin   
Wisconsin Scenic Treasures: Northwoods

Andy Soth
Grant Fenster
Jon Hornbacher
Charles Barrows
Dale Doebert
Laurie Gorman 
PBS Wisconsin   
Wisconsin Pride

Best Editing

Susanne Barthel
CBS 58  

Cody Bergquist
CBS 58  

Jerry Imig
CBS 58  

Online Exclusively

Best Use of Multimedia

Greg Matzek
Dylan Hunter Carter
620 WTMJ
WTMJ EXCLUSIVE: Conversation with Brewers’ Pat Murphy & Matt Arnold

Anthony DaBruzzi
Aly Prouty
Spectrum News 1
‘We have to get back to compromise’: Wisconsin lawmakers pass shared revenue bill on bipartisan votes

Ma Vue
Volume One
Blue Ox Music Festival 2023 Recap

Best Website Design

620 WTMJ Content Team
620 WTMJ | WTMJ.com

Marci Glaus
Mia Forslund
Charles Barrows
John Vieth
PBS Wisconsin   
PBS Wisconsin Education, Early Learning

Jon Henkes
Rachel Sanders
Emma Siewert
John Schroeder
WisconsinEye | WisEye.org

Best Local News or Feature Website

Robert Chappell
A. David Dahmer
Henry Sanders
Madison365

Milwaukee Independent Staff
Milwaukee Independent
An Online Daily News Magazine

Kristian Knutsen
PBS Wisconsin News Staff 
PBS Wisconsin
pbswisconsin.org/news

Best Blog

Rob Thomas
Not that Rob Thomas
“Not That Rob Thomas”

Best Use of Multi-Platform Reporting

Jason Smith
Dylan Hunter Carter
Adam Roberts
Wyatt Barmore-Pooley
620 WTMJ
Bayshore Town Center Parking Structure Partially Collapses

Anthony DaBruzzi
Mandy Hague
Brandon Millman
Hailey Kunz
Rachel Ryan
Spectrum News 1
Misunderstood: Stories of Addiction

Rachel Sanders
Emma Siewert  
WisconsinEye (WisEye.org)
Social Media Distribution

Best Critical Review

Gwendolyn Rice
Isthmus Community Media
American Players Theatre reviews

Jim Piwowarczyk
Jessica McBride
Wisconsin Right Now     
What is a Woman? Review

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

Robert Chappell
Omar Waheed  
Madison365 and Blueprint365
Legislative pressure on DEI at UW

Hannah Ritvo
PBS Wisconsin
Wisconsin and the national battle over access to gender-affirming care for children

Shereen Siewert
Wausau Pilot and Review
Wausau considers PFAS cost recovery litigation as debate over safety continues

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

Maryann Lazarski
Scottie Lee Meyers
Darin Malkowski
Justin Migliano
Brian Ewig
Chris Michalski
Thay Yang
Milwaukee PBS 
The Women Founders

Jack Kelly
Matt Mencarini
Phoebe Petrovic
Jacob Resneck
Matthew DeFour
Wisconsin Watch
Supreme Court coverage

Jonmaesha Beltran
Jonah Chester
Pat A. Robinson
Wisconsin Watch and WPR
I-94 widening proposal

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Allison Garfield
Cap Times
Madison’s mental health crisis team can’t keep up with its own success

Rich Rovito
Milwaukee Magazine
Inside the Long, Racially Charged Fight for Roller Skating Downtown

Bennet Goldstein
Wisconsin Watch
Great Lakes pollution threatens Ojibwe treaty rights to fish

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Rich Rovito
Milwaukee Magazine
Remembering Gerry Howze, Champion of Empowering Girls

Erik Gunn
Wisconsin Examiner
Author explores gratitude’s dark side and how being grateful might still rescue us

Best Short Hard Feature Story

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Ithaka: Family-focused documentary about the fight for Julian Assange’s freedom premieres in Milwaukee

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Being Friends of Angels: The Milwaukee nonprofit saving lives and offering hope in Ukraine

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Acts of Hate: Local family faces lengthy legal battle with neighbors over alleged racial harassment

Best Short Soft Feature Story

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
John Gurda’s Milwaukee: New book transforms iconic bus tours into self-guided adventure of discovery

Judith Steininger
Milwaukee Magazine
What Happened When a Wisconsinite Was Bitten By a Rattlesnake

Erik Gunn
Wisconsin Examiner
A Madison chef and his crew fix a thanksgiving meal for those who might go hungry without it

Best Sports Story

Dylan Hunter Carter
620 WTMJ
Milwaukee Bucks Emulate Winning Culture from Coach Budenholzer’s Spurs History

Rich Rovito
Milwaukee Magazine     
Four Women’s Basketball Stars Inspiring a New Generation

Rich Rovito
Milwaukee Magazine
Many of the Bucks’ Off-the-Court Stars Will Be Part of the NBA All-Star Festivities

Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Irpin is not forgotten: Residents thank Milwaukee Independent for reporting on their “Hero City”

Angela Lang
The Recombobulation Area
Black voters in Milwaukee might not be as big on Biden right now. But we need to reframe our thinking of electoral politics in 2024.

Ruth Conniff
Wisconsin Examiner
Wisconsin is a major front in the war on U.S. Democracy

Best Business or Consumer Story or Series

Omar Waheed  
Blueprint365 (a publication of 365 Media Foundation)
Madison Metro tells people with disabilities to just take paratransit; riders say it’s not that simple

Zhen Wang
Wisconsin Watch
Milwaukee Tool labor practices

Shereen Siewert
Wausau Pilot and Review
Business of the Week

Best Investigative Story or Series

Peter Cameron 
The Badger Project
Oath Keepers in Wisconsin

Robert Chappell
Madison365       
Madison Indigenous arts leader, activist revealed as white

Baylor Spears   
Wisconsin Examiner
Former Hope Christian School employees discuss concerns about staffing safety

Best Public Service Story or Series

Ruth Conniff
Wisconsin Examiner
Mother and son hit in police high speed chase have questions

Jessica McBride
Jim Piwowarczyk
Wisconsin Right Now
Open Records Battle Reveals Problems in DOJ’s Crime Victim Office

Farrah Anderson
Wisconsin Watch
Toxic Rentals

Best Column

Doug Moe
Madison Magazine
Doug Moe’s Madison

Dan Shafer
The Recombobulation Area

Ruth Conniff
Wisconsin Examiner

Best Explanatory Story or Series

Lee Matz
Milwaukee Independent
Milwaukee and Ukrainian volunteers help refugee children and injured heroes cope with survival

Philip Rocco
The Recombobulation Area
The legislative battle over Act 12

Shereen Siewert
Wausau Pilot and Review
“Unacceptable cancer risk:” New DHS assessment makes immediate recommendations for contaminated Wausau park

Best Personal Profile

Rich Rovito
Milwaukee Magazine
Milwaukee Art Museum Is Honoring the Legacy of Lois Ehlert

Ryan Hendricks
Mia Forslund
Megan Monday
PBS Wisconsin
Klassik (part of the “Re/sound” collection)

Erik Gunn
Wisconsin Examiner
An anthropologist comes to terms with a child born different

Collegiate Winners


Writing

Best News Story

(no places awarded)

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Celia Hiorns
The Badger Herald 
‘Addiction is the opposite of connection’: Strong resource networks guide recovery efforts in Wisconsin

Rachel Hale 
Curb Magazine
Buzzer-Beater

Rachel Hale
The Daily Cardinal
Jewish students found community after the Oct. 7 attacks. But for many, loneliness persists

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Maddox Durst 
The Badger Herald 
‘Profit off of play’: Evolution of NIL impacts all universities today, including UW

Emma Conway
Curb Magazine  
Harvest the Sun

Caitlyn Halfon
The Daily Cardinal
WSUM 91.7 FM: The radio station that could

Best Short Hard Feature Story

Cat Carroll
The Badger Herald
Open Seat Food Pantry demand reveals food insecurity on campus

Gavin Escott
The Daily Cardinal
Act 10 took their rights away. They’re fighting to get them back

Ava Menkes
Anna Kleiber
The Daily Cardinal
In Wisconsin, campus organizers fueled liberals’ Supreme Court victory

Best Short Soft Feature Story

Ellie Batten
BizTimes Milwaukee
Why and how employers should increase neurodiversity in their workplace

Claire Biegalski 
Curb Magazine  
Sip on Sustainability

Cate Schiller
The Daily Cardinal
Slow Food UW: ‘A place for everyone’

Best Sports Story

Krissy Birdsall
The Badger Herald 
Women’s Basketball: What to expect from Moseley’s team in 2023-24 campaign

Justin Alpert      
The Daily Cardinal
Maddie Schwartz has done it all for Wisconsin, but now she doesn’t have to

Matthew Neschis
The Daily Cardinal
Converting at the charity stripe: Former Badger gives back through basketball

Best Investigative Reporting

Sanjeev Anand 
The Daily Cardinal
Damaged wheelchairs, delayed rides: Accessible transit an ongoing challenge at UW-Madison

Liam Beran
The Daily Cardinal
Facing budget shortfalls, UW System president privately suggested chancellors ‘shift away’ from liberal arts programs at low-income campuses

Cormac LaLiberte
The Daily Cardinal
UW-Madison students enrolled in data monitoring experiment without ability to opt out

Best Editorial or Commentary

Maggie Degnan
Elise Fjelstad
Celia Hiorns
Janani Sundar
The Badger Herald 
The Badger Herald Editorial Board: The bounds of free speech

Celia Hiorns
The Badger Herald
First Amendment discourses must supersede ideology

Annika Bereny  
The Daily Cardinal
Who’s actually being helped by conference realignment?

Visual Journalism

Best Still Photograph/Photos

Soren Goldsmith
The Badger Herald 
Badgers stun No. 3 Marquette, claim third straight victory over Golden Eagles

Sara Stanislawski            
Curb Magazine  
Into the Woods: Connect with the state’s natural landscape through the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku

Anna Gipple
Media Milwaukee
Deckhand Working on the Scalloper Legacy

Best Photo Essay or Series

Cameron Schneider
Cora Spychalla 
The Daily Cardinal
PHOTOS: B-Side Records – A small business with an impactful history

Drake White-Bergey
The Daily Cardinal 
UW-Madison students protest outside chancellor’s office, march on campus as backlash over racist video grows

Drake White-Bergey
MK Denton
The Daily Cardinal
Students celebrate Black joy, ‘take up space’ in second rally against UW’s response to racist video

Audio

Best News Story Single or Ongoing

Gavin Escott
Heewone Lim
Gabriella Hartlaub
Anna Kleiber
The Daily Cardinal
Blk Pwr Coalition Outlines Next Goals for Semester, Conversations With University

Isabella Van Lanen
Media Milwaukee
When Dreams Set Sail

Graham Thomas
Media Milwaukee
Protesters Criticize Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for War Coverage

Best Feature Story

Macie Hanson 
Media Milwaukee
Pro-Palestine Protest Interrupts Third Ward Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Anna Oleniczak
Media Milwaukee
How the East Side Supports the Milwaukee Women’s Center

Isabella Van Lanen
Media Milwaukee
The Lay of the Land

Best Sports Story

Rohan Chakravarthi
The Daily Cardinal
Deep Dive with Former Badgers DB Justin Clark

Best Original Podcast

The Daily Cardinal 
The Student Dive

Grace Pagel
Media Milwaukee
Breaking the Bank: Unpacking Gen Z’s Financial Insecurity

Olivia Weiss
Media Milwaukee
Debut Album Explores Love, Relationships, Mental Health

Video

Best News Story Single or Ongoing

Mackenzie Krueger
Brian Kohr
Haley Wichman
Media Milwaukee
Life in the Massachusetts Fishing Culture

Best Feature Story

Maddie Heimsch
Media Milwaukee
Milwaukee Celebrates “Frozen Custard Culture” and its Long History

Brian Kohr
Media Milwaukee
Beyond the Barricades

Best Sports Story

Dominique Hamilton
Media Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s Very Own Adult Ice Hockey League Teaches the Sport at Any Age

Best Program, Documentary or Special

Samantha Calderon
Media Milwaukee
Public Hearing

Maddie Heimsch
Media Milwaukee
Dominic the Food Reviewer

Cameron Knoll 
Media Milwaukee
The Northwoods Beast: The Hodag

Online Exclusively

Best Use of Multi-Media

The Daily Cardinal
Cardinal Call

JAMS Immersion Class 
Media Milwaukee 
Beyond the Barricades

JAMS Immersion Class 
Media Milwaukee
The Real Catch

Best Website Design

The Daily Cardinal
dailycardinal.com

Brianna Hone
WRST-FM  
WRST.ORG

Best Local News or Feature Website

Emma Conway
Alexis Bakken
Maria Brunetta
Meisi Li
Wanruo Zhao
Staff of Curb Magazine
Curb Magazine
Curb: Fusion

Staff of Madison Commons
Madison Commons

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

Best News Story

Audrey Thibert 
The Badger Herald
UW students drive campus efforts to reform campus mental health response

Jackson Minshall
Media Milwaukee
Grieving Mothers Pack Meeting

Margaret Tews 
Media Milwaukee
Maintaining the Oak Leaf Trail and the Parks Budget

Best Long Hard Feature Story

Jane Houseal
Omar Waheed
Ava Wojnowski
Curb Magazine  
Black Gold, Indigenous Water

Rachel Hale
The Daily Cardinal
Jewish students found community after the Oct. 7 attacks. But for many, loneliness persists.

Beckett Callan
Media Milwaukee
Tribal Barricades Change Landscape

Best Long Soft Feature Story

Ava Menkes
The Daily Cardinal
‘Each one can reach one’: Challenges, hopes for organic farming in Wisconsin

Media Milwaukee staff
Media Milwaukee
Doors Open Milwaukee 2023

Nicholaus Wiberg
Media Milwaukee
In Chicago, Groups Gather to Address Food Justice

Best Short Hard Feature Story

Audrey Thibert 
The Badger Herald 
Despite progress, MENA students see need for further support on UW campus

Hallie Claflin
Madison Commons
No longer memorializing problematic figures, some Madison schools rename for better symbolism

Zoe Jaeger
Madison Commons
Pandemic-era changes to the service industry are working for Madison’s restaurants

Best Short Soft Feature Story

Graham Brown 
The Daily Cardinal
Hopping freights with Bob Weir

Mike Hall
Madison Commons
A pollinator predicament: How community members are mitigating bumblebee declines in Madison

Xinlin Jiang
University of Wisconsin-Madison News  
Madison becomes second hometown for international students

Best Sports Story

Carter Evenson
Media Milwaukee
Wrestling Stars Wow Devoted Wisconsin Fans

Parker Olsen 
Royal Purple      
Wheelchair hoops shoots for success

Parker Olsen
Royal Purple
Making a name for himself and his school

Best Investigative Reporting

Anna Kleiber
Francesca Pica
Ava Menkes
Liam Beran        
The Daily Cardinal
UW System considering deal to freeze DEI positions in exchange for buildings, pay raise approval

JAMS 500 Class
Media Milwaukee
Echoes of Dissent: A Sterling Hall Bomber Vanishes Into the Night

Rachel Hale
Wisconsin Watch 
Moms for Liberty is growing in Wisconsin as critics call them extremists

Best Editorial or Commentary

Jeffrey Brown  
The Daily Cardinal
On the passing down of knowledge and tradition in college

Xinlin Jiang
University of Wisconsin-Madison News  
Student Stories: A rookie’s guide to navigating football frenzy

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