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Finalists for 88th Annual MPC Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Contest Announced

 2018 Gridiron Awards Dinner also to honor:
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, investigative reporters, The New York Times,
Gary Grunau, real estate developer, business and civic leader,
Juli Kaufmann, entrepreneur, developer and civic leader

 MILWAUKEE, WI—March 19, 2018 The Milwaukee Press Club today announced finalists in the 88th Annual MPC Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition.

Finalists are presented by contest category, and listed alphabetically by organization. Click here for contest results.

Winners of contest awards — gold, silver or bronze – will be announced May 11 at the club’s Gridiron Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee.

This year’s contest garnered more than 700 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate categories. The competition was judged by professional journalists from press clubs throughout the U.S., including statewide clubs in Alaska, Florida, Idaho and Michigan and metro area clubs in Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco and Syracuse.

Other Gridiron honorees:

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, investigative reporters for The New York Times, will receive the Sacred Cat Award, which recognizes professional achievement. Twohey will accept the award. Kantor is unable to attend.

Twohey and Kantor in 2017 broke the story of decades long alleged abuse of women by Harvey Weinstein, triggering worldwide recognition of the need to help victims speak up and to hold powerful men accountable for their actions and behavior. Among the awards for their work are a George Polk Award, conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism, especially investigative and enterprising reporting that gains attention and achieves results. They also received the inaugural Impact Award from the Los Angeles Press Club.

Gary Grunau, one of Milwaukee’s most prominent business and civic leaders, is President of Grucon Group LLC., will receive a Headliner Award.  He is perhaps best known for his work revitalizing the former Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. complex, transforming it into the current Schlitz Park office complex. Grunau has demonstrated a life-long commitment to Milwaukee and was instrumental in some of its most successful and innovative urban projects.

Juli Kaufmann, entrepreneur, developer and civic leader, also will receive a Headliner Award. Kaufmann, a self-described serial entrepreneur, is president of Fix Development, an award-winning Milwaukee commercial real estate company and has developed more than $25 million in real estate projects.

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

For additional information or to register for the Gridiron Awards Dinner, click here or contact Joette Richards at or 262-894-2224.

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