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Gridiron Awards Dinner 2016

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Marty Baron Named Milwaukee Press Club’s
2016 Sacred Cat Honoree
Ted Kellner and Hannah Rosenthal to be honored as Headliners

MILWAUKEE, WI—The Milwaukee Press Club today announced that Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, is the club’s 2016 Sacred Cat Award honoree. The award, which has been given annually since 1973, recognizes excellence in journalism at the national level.

Baron will accept the award at the club’s annual Gridiron Dinner, Friday May 13th, at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Press Club also will honor its 2016 Headliners Ted Kellner, executive chairman of Fiduciary Management, Inc. and Hannah Rosenthal, president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Winners of the press club’s 2015 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition also will be recognized at the event.

Emcees for the Gridiron will be Kathy Mykleby, co-anchor of WISN Channel 12 News at 6 and 10 p.m., and Fraser Engerman, director of global media relations for Johnson Controls.

Baron was named editor of The Washington Post on December 31, 2012. His previous positions included editor of The Boston Globe, executive editor of the Miami Herald, and Associate Managing Editor at The New York Times.

During his career, Baron has had a hand in some of the most important coverage in American journalism. Soon after taking over at The Washington Post, Baron was faced with a decision on whether to publish the story that exposed surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Baron chose to publish the story, leading to the newspaper being awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014.

While Baron was executive editor at the Miami Herald, the newspaper’s staff won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2001 for “its balanced and gripping on-the-scene coverage of the pre-dawn raid by federal agents that took the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives and reunited him with his Cuban father.”

Most recently, Baron has been highlighted for his stint at The Boston Globe, where a team of reporters exposed sexual abuse by priests and a subsequent cover-up in the Boston Archdiocese. For that coverage, the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003.

“Those are just three of many stories Marty Baron has been involved with that have changed the way so many people live and think,” said LaToya Dennis, Milwaukee Press Club president.

“We are honored to have someone of Marty Baron’s caliber as our Sacred Cat honoree. He exemplifies what it means to not only be a great journalist, but a strong leader. We are looking forwarding to having him share some of his incredible experiences with us.”

Past Sacred Cat honorees include Ann Compton, Jonathan Alter, Cokie Roberts, Walter Cronkite, Malcolm Forbes, Judy Woodruff, Michael Bloomberg and David Maraniss.

The Headliner Awards are presented annually to those who are making a positive difference in Wisconsin.

Kellner, who founded Fiduciary Management, Inc., in 1980, has been a major donor to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among other organizations, and is also known for his civic engagement and contributions. He is Chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and chair of the Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corporation board.

Rosenthal has spent her career advocating for Jewish causes. Prior to joining the Federation, she was Special Envoy and head of the Office to Combat Anti-Semitism for the Obama administration at the U.S. State Department. Rosenthal also served in the Clinton Administration as Midwest regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied for the rabbinate in Jerusalem and California.

Past Headliner honorees include Ricardo Diaz, Linda Mellowes, Michael Pink, Barry Alvarez, Jane Pettit, Howard Fuller, Bud Selig, James Lovell, Ben Marcus and Steve Marcus.

Tickets for the Gridiron Dinner are available online at To order online, go to The cost is $65 per individual or $500 for a table of eight. Corporate sponsorship levels are also available.

Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. Its members represent a diverse community of media-focused professionals from nearly every local media outlet, and with a strong contingent of media, public relations and marketing professionals and individuals with an interest in the press.

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For past Headliner Award winners, see:

Booking Information for Attendees:
Entrée Selections:
(Beef) Lakefront Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs with White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Market Vegetables
(Chicken) Thyme Roasted Chicken with Crème Fraiche Whipped Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Pearl Onion and Bacon Jam and Whole Grain Mustard Jus
(Fish) Herb Grilled Salmon Filet with Crème Fraiche Whipped Potatoes, Market Vegetables and Whole Grain Mustard Jus
(Vegetarian) Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Charred Red Pepper, Butternut Squash and Fontina-Sage Fonduta
(Please contact us for any special dietary needs.)

Event Sponsors

Ally Sponsors:

  • Johnson Controls

  • Kane Communications Group

  • We Energies

Once A Year Advertisers:

  • Bradley Center - BMO Harris

  • Greater Milwaukee Committee

  • Marquette University

  • Milwaukee Bucks

  • Milwaukee Business Journal

  • Milwaukee Jewish Federation

  • MMAC

  • Mueller Communications

  • Summerfest

  • Lowe Group

  • TMJ4

  • UW-Milwaukee

Table Sponsors:

  • BMO Harris Bank

  • Bradley Center - BMO Harris

  • Children's Wisconsin

In-Kind Sponsor:

  • InterContinental Hotel Milwaukee


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