2024 Gridiron Awards event also to honor:
James Bennet, a senior editor and weekly Lexington columnist for The Economist
LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers legend and NFL Hall of Fame honoree
Tim Sheehy, senior advisor and retired president of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (MMAC)

MILWAUKEE, WI – The Milwaukee Press Club today announced finalists in the 94th Annual MPC Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition.

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

Actual award placement– gold, silver and bronze – will be announced May 3 at the club’s Gridiron Awards event at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

This year’s contest drew almost 900 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, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Western Pennsylvania and Southeast Texas and metro-area clubs in Atlanta, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Syracuse.

Also to be honored at the Gridiron event:
James Bennet, senior editor and columnist, will receive the Sacred Cat Award, which recognizes journalism achievement at the national level. 

Bennet joined The Economist in 2021 as a visiting senior editor before being named to his current post. He previously was editorial page editor of The New York Times, where he oversaw the digital transformation of the paper’s opinion department and led it to two Pulitzer prizes in four years and also served as editor-in-chief of The Atlantic. Before joining The Atlantic, he worked as a reporter at the Times in various roles, including Jerusalem bureau chief, magazine correspondent, White House correspondent and Detroit bureau chief.

This year’s Headliner Awards will be presented to Green Bay Packers legend LeRoy Butler, a champion of many community causes, and Tim Sheehy, senior advisor and retired president of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (MMAC). Headliner Awards are presented annually to those who have made significant, positive contributions to Wisconsin and its residents.

For information on ways to get involved with the Gridiron Awards event and support the Milwaukee Press Club’s journalistic mission click here for sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Ad and sponsorship deadline, Friday, March 22, 2024

For additional information or to register for the Gridiron Awards Dinner, please visit our website at www.milwaukeepressclub.org or contact Joette Richards at joette@milwaukeepressclub.org or 262-894-2224.