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2014 Excellence in Journalism Awardees

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Professional Winners:

Writing (any medium):

Best Critical Review      

GOLD
Dominique Paul Noth
UrbanMilwaukee or urbanmilwaukeedial.com
Stage Critiques

SILVER
William Barnewitz
UrbanMilwaukee.com
Rumors of Our Demise Are Exaggerated

BRONZE
Andre Darlington
Isthmus Publishing
Layla’s Persian Food

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

GOLD
Judith Davidoff
Kristian Knutsen
Dean Robbins
Joe Tarr
Isthmus Publishing
Wisconsin’s same­ sex marriage ban

SILVER
Eric Lindquist
Andrew Dowd
Chuck Rupnow
Liam Marlaire
Emily Miels
Jocelyn Syrstad
Leader-Telegram
Game changer

BRONZE
Stephanie Jones
Aaron Knapp
Kristen Zambo
Scott Anderson
Gregory Shaver
The Journal Times
Absolutely deplorable: Orphan Kanines shelter shut down

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

GOLD
Kate Golden
Ron Seely
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Kewaunee County’s water woes

SILVER
Lisa Neff
Louis Weisberg
The Wisconsin Gazette
Marriage equality arrives in Wisconsin

BRONZE
Brendan O’Brien
Sue Vliet
Sharon McGowan
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (www.milwaukeenns.org)
Poverty in Milwaukee: A year of coverage

Best Beat Coverage       

GOLD
Mary Spicuzza
Matthew DeFour
Wisconsin State Journal
State Capitol Beat

SILVER
Lisa Neff
The Wisconsin Gazette
Green Gaze, environmental beat

BRONZE
Andrew Weiland
BizTimes Milwaukee
Real estate beat

Best Long Feature Story               

GOLD
Erik Gunn
Milwaukee Magazine
Raw Deal

SILVER
Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz
Madison Magazine
Changing the Conversation about Heroin

BRONZE
Jen McCoy
Shannon Green
Portage Daily Register
Far from Broken

Best Short Feature Story             

GOLD
Matt Hrodey
Milwaukee Magazine
Dillinger, 2.0

SILVER
Claire Hanan
Milwaukee Magazine
Droning On

BRONZE
Tim McCormick
Milwaukee Magazine
And the Thunder Rolls

Best Sports Story            

GOLD (TIE)
Tyler Dunne
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Life on the Bubble: Myles White fights for a spot on Packers’ roster

GOLD (TIE)

Tyler Dunne
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Brett Favre, Found

SILVER
Gary D’Amato
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
U.S. Speedskating’s problems in Sochi illuminate organizational dysfunction

BRONZE
Gary D’Amato
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
’60s Packers struggle against their final foe

Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion             

GOLD
The Capital Times Staff
The Capital Times
Why is Van Hollen defending discrimination?

SILVER
Bruce Murphy
Isthmus Publishing
Vote suppression

BRONZE
The Capital Times Staff
The Capital Times
Mandates for wage hike and BadgerCare expansion

Best Business Story or Series    

GOLD
Alison Dirr
Taylor Chase
Kate Golden
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Frac-sand boom creates promise, problems for Wisconsin

SILVER
Rich Rovito
Milwaukee Magazine
Making Waves

BRONZE
Brennan Nardi
Madison Magazine
Just Own It

Best Investigative Story or Series

GOLD
Dee J. Hall
Matthew DeFour
Wisconsin State Journal
Child-support bill written to help wealthy donor

SILVER
Bill Lueders
Kate Golden
Lauren Fuhrmann
Andy Hall
Dee J. Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Cruel and Unusual? Inmates allege abuse at Waupun Correctional Institution

BRONZE
Sean Kirkby
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Confidential informants on college campuses

Best Public Service Story or Series          

GOLD
Claire Hanan
Staff of Milwaukee Magazine
Milwaukee Magazine
Handle with Care

SILVER
Edgar Mendez
Sharon McGowan
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (www.milwaukeenns.org)
Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws

BRONZE
Noah Phillips
Bill Lueders
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Isthmus Publishing
Controversial monkey experiment planned at UW-Madison

Best Column     

GOLD
Neil Heinen
Madison Magazine
For the Record

SILVER
John Nichols
The Capital Times

BRONZE
Steve Jagler
BizTimes Milwaukee
Commentary

Best Single Headline    

GOLD
Tom Alesia
McFarland Thistle
Saw musician

SILVER
Matt Hrodey
Milwaukee Magazine
Winning on a Peel

BRONZE
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Magazine, MilwaukeeMag.com, Moviegoers
The Black, the Bold, and the Beautifully Versatile

Best Explanatory Story or Series              

GOLD
Rich Kirchen
Milwaukee Business Journal
Bucks sale sets off new debate: Vocal ‘no’ crowd already sets tone on paying for arena

SILVER
Dee J. Hall and The Medill Justice Project
Wisconsin State Journal
Shaken baby conviction questioned

BRONZE
Jessica McBride
Waukesha Freeman
On Heroin’s Trail

Best Personal Profile    

GOLD
Tom Matthews
Milwaukee Magazine
(Just Like) Starting Over

SILVER
Claire Hanan
Milwaukee Magazine
A Study in Contrasts

BRONZE
Howie Magner
Milwaukee Magazine
The Importance of Being Brenner

Best Blog            

GOLD
Peggy Schulz
Freelance writer published on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website
Potholes in the Playing Field

SILVER
Michael Horne
UrbanMilwaukee.com
House Confidential

BRONZE
Howie Magner
Milwaukee Magazine
Sports Nut

 

Visual Journalism (any medium):

 Best Illustration or Cartoon        

GOLD
Mike Williams
Philip Ashby
Dave Cieslewicz
Christine Sloan-Miller
Erika Janik
Wisconsin Public Television
Sheepshead

SILVER
Pablo Iglesias
Rachel Stinebring
Milwaukee Magazine
Till Debt Do Us Part

BRONZE
Joe Ciardiello
Kathryn Lavey
Milwaukee Magazine
Remembering Betty

Best Photo Essay or Series

GOLD
Jason Vaughn
Madison Magazine
Standing Tall

SILVER
Adam Ryan Morris
Matt Hrodey
Kathryn Lavey
Milwaukee Magazine
No Occupancy

BRONZE
Doug Edmunds
Francine Gimla
Amy Siewert
M Magazine
Gallery in the Sky

Best News Photograph

GOLD
Michelle Stocker
The Capital Times
Young, Gifted and Black rally

SILVER
Mike DeVries
The Capital Times
Same sex marriages

BRONZE
Michelle Stocker
The Capital Times
Die-in

Best Feature Photograph            

GOLD
Adam Ryan Morris
Milwaukee Magazine
Comic Relief

SILVER
Dan Bishop
M Magazine
Height of Luxury

BRONZE
Mike DeVries
The Capital Times
Outdoor Discovery

Best Sports Photograph               

GOLD
Michelle Stocker
The Capital Times
Tug of War

SILVER
Mike DeVries
The Capital Times
Final Four Heartbreak

BRONZE
Mike DeVries
The Capital Times
Encouragement

Newspaper Design:

Best Overall Design           

GOLD
Eric Semelroth
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Milwaukee Business Journal

SILVER
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Wisconsin Gazette

Best Special Section Design       

GOLD
Lee Matz
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Milwaukee Business Journal
40 Under 40; Women of Influence; Higher Education Guide

SILVER
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
The Wisconsin Gazette
On the Town calendars

BRONZE
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Wisconsin Gazette
WiG Holiday Gift Guide

Best Single Page Design              

GOLD
Eric Semelroth
Milwaukee Business Journal
‘No’ can hit from all sides

 

Magazine Design:

Best Overall Design       

GOLD
Kathryn Lavey
Krista Schmidt
Rachel Stinebring
Milwaukee Magazine
Milwaukee Magazine October, November and December issues

SILVER
Tim Burton
Emily Culp
Sarah Frautschi
Carol Shufro
Madison Magazine

BRONZE
Francine Gimla
Amy Siewert
Janet Raasch
Dan Bishop
Gail Betla
Maria Harris
M Magazine

Best Single Cover Design            

GOLD
Kathryn Lavey
Adam Ryan Morris
Milwaukee Magazine
Best Breakfasts

SILVER
Dan Bishop
Francine Gimla
Janet Raasch
Amy Siewert
M Magazine
Candy Crush

BRONZE
Kathryn Lavey
Abby Callard
Adam Ryan Morris
Claire Hanan
Michael Weiss
Lynee Ruiz
Milwaukee Magazine
For Love & Money

Best Single Story or Feature Design       

GOLD
Krista Schmidt
Milwaukee Magazine
Best New Restaurants

SILVER
Rachel Stinebring
Milwaukee Magazine
The Importance of Being Brenner

BRONZE
Tim Burton
Madison Magazine
A Kid at the Crossroads

Audio (any medium):

Best Coverage of a Single or Ongoing Breaking News Story        

GOLD
Dan Deicher
MidWest Family Broadcasting Radio WIZM-FM, WIZM-AM, WRQT-FM, WKTY-AM, KCLH-FM and KQYB-FM
Tank Explosion Rocks La Crosse

SILVER
Gilman Halsted
Shawn Johnson
Wisconsin Public Radio
Gay Marriage Ban Overturned

Best Reporting of an Ongoing News Story           

GOLD
Erin Toner
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Community Pleads for an End to Gun Violence

SILVER
WUWM News Staff
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Dontre Hamilton’s Death

BRONZE
Shawn Johnson
Chuck Quirmbach
Wisconsin Public Radio
Same Sex Marriage in Court

Best Documentary, Investigative or Public Affairs Story or Series            

GOLD
Gilman Halsted
Wisconsin Public Radio
Sand Ridge Sex Offenders

SILVER
Shawn Johnson
Wisconsin Public Radio
Walker’s Promises: By the Numbers

BRONZE
Erin Toner
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
WI Vets Caught in Benefits Backlog

Best Feature Story or Series

GOLD
Seth Jovaag
Sara Nics
Wisconsin Public Radio
Death Doesn’t Bother Me, Anyway

SILVER
Mitch Teich
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Potato Pancake Queen of Palmyra

BRONZE
Shauna Singh Baldwin
Wisconsin Life
A Visit to my Temple

Best Use of Audio Within a Report         

GOLD
Nate Imig
Emily Cartwright
WYMS-FM, 88nine Radio Milwaukee, http://www.radiomilwaukee.org
Baseball league for kids with disabilities

SILVER
Mitch Teich
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Harnessing a Century

BRONZE
Erika Janik
Wisconsin Public Radio
Music On Ice

Best Sports Story or Series         

GOLD
Tyler Dunne
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
McGinn and Dunne Packers Podcast

Best Newscast 

(No Places Awarded)                                    

 

Video (any medium):

Best Coverage of a Breaking News Story              

GOLD
WISN-TV Staff
WISN-TV
Hamilton Shooting Decision

SILVER
FOX 6 News Staff
WITI – FOX 6 – Milwaukee
Police Officer Not Charged in Shooting

Best Multi-Day Coverage of an Ongoing Story   

GOLD
Brad Hicks
WITI-TV
Commitment to ALS 2014

SILVER
Jonah Kaplan
Greg Best
John Drilling
WTMJ-TV/TODAY’S TMJ4
Racine School Fire

BRONZE
WISN-TV Staff
WISN-TV
Slenderman Stabbing

Best Individual Reporting of News or Sports      

GOLD
Lacey Crisp
Andrew Triplett
WTMJ-TV
Lacey Crisp Composite: Protesters March

SILVER
Steve Chamraz
Mark Cherek
WTMJ-TV
Steve Chamraz Composite: Freeway Protests

BRONZE (TIE)
Colleen Henry
WISN-TV

BRONZE (TIE)
Kent Wainscott
WISN-TV

Best Investigative Report or Series        

GOLD
Jermont Terry
Paul Marble
WTMJ-TV
I-Team: DPW On the Clock

SILVER
Bryan Polcyn
Stephen Davis
David Michuda
WITI – FOX 6 – Milwaukee
Hot-Headed Landlord

BRONZE
Brad Hicks
Tim Viste
WITI-TV
Parking Meter Problem

Best Feature or Lifestyle Story or Series              

GOLD
Tiff Pua
Michael Garvin
Gail Grzybowski
Darin Malkowski
Maryann Lazarski
Dan Small
Milwaukee Public Television (WMVS/WMVT)
Operation Migration | Outdoor Wisconsin

SILVER
Mike Lowe
Tim Viste
WITI – FOX 6 – Milwaukee
Portrait of a Pope

BRONZE
Ben Handelman
Anthony Panicucci
WITI-TV Fox 6 News
Lion in the Library

Best Public Affairs Program, Documentary or News Special   

GOLD
Kyle Olson
Marcus Taplin
Elliott Levitt
Tammy Love
Theresa Brockman
Kyle C. Olson Productions
Letters to Ashleigh

SILVER
Michael Bernhagen
Terry Kaldhusdal
Burning Hay Wagon Productions
Consider the Conversation 2: Stories About Cure, Relief, and Comfort

BRONZE
Raul Galvan
Jose Lozano
Darin Malkowski
Bob Barry
Dan Braovac
Thay Yang
Milwaukee Public Television
The Beatles Invade Milwaukee

Best Newscast 

GOLD
WISN-TV Staff
WISN-TV
Ferguson Decision

SILVER
WTMJ Staff
WTMJ-TV
5-Year-Old Killed & Angry Protestors

BRONZE
FOX 6 News Staff
WITI – FOX 6 – Milwaukee
FOX 6 News at 5:00 – December 22, 2014

Online (any medium):

Best Live Online Coverage of News, Sports or Lifestyle Event   

GOLD
JR Ross
Andy Szal
David Wise
WisPolitics.com
Election Week 2014

SILVER
Alison Bauter
Milwaukee Business Journal
Identity of the mystery buyer of the Shops of Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee

BRONZE
Tom Swigert
Amy Smith
WISN-TV
Best Live Online Coverage WISN.com

Best Use of Multimedia              

GOLD
Kate Golden
Wesley Brooks
Todd Milewski
Brandon Raygo
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and The Capital Times
Murky Waters – Madison’s quest for clean lakes

SILVER
The Capital Times Staff
The Capital Times
Together Apart: Race in Madison

BRONZE
Donna Frake
Michael Meidenbauer
Steve Garrison
Kaitlin Phillips
Carol Spaeth-Bauer
Megan Sukovich
Lake Country Publications: LakeCountryNow.com
The heartbreak of heroin

Best Website Design    

GOLD
Kate Golden
Lauren Fuhrmann
Andy Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
WisconsinWatch.org

SILVER
Tarik Moody
WYMS-FM, 88nine Radio Milwaukee, http://www.radiomilwaukee.org

BRONZE
Andy Tarnoff
Jason McDowell
Nick Barth
Brandon Kelly
OnMilwaukee.com

Best Local News or Feature Website     

GOLD
Sharon McGowan
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (www.milwaukeenns.org)

SILVER
Michelle Maternowski
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, WUWM.COM

BRONZE
Andy Tarnoff
Jeff Sherman
OnMilwaukee.com

 

Collegiate Winners:

Writing (any medium):

Best News Story Single or Ongoing

GOLD
Graham Kilmer
Brooke Dowden
Tanner Bakkala
Media Milwaukee
TKE Scandal

SILVER
McAllister Writt
Media Milwaukee
UWM foreign student population up, as Wisconsin admissions drop sharply

BRONZE
Jordyn Noennig
Maggie Polsean
UWM Post
Hey, ho TKE has got to go!

Best Long Feature Story               

GOLD
Ashley Berg
Curb Magazine
Robbing the Night

SILVER
Jasmine Sola
Curb Magazine
The Forest People

BRONZE
Lauren Nicole Mather
Curb Magazine
Trees Are Stronger Than Wood

Best Short Feature Story

GOLD
McAllister Writt
Urban Milwaukee Dial
Under the Bridge Antique & Vintage Flea Market

SILVER
Adelina Yankova
The Daily Cardinal
Action Project: Room for improvement in LGBT housing

BRONZE
McAllister Writt
Media Milwaukee
UWM Korea Day: A Concert with Seoul

Best Sports Story            

GOLD
Jonah Beleckis
The Daily Cardinal
Giving back the Wisconsin way

SILVER
Eliana Moreno
Media Milwaukee
Breaking Barriers

BRONZE
Brian Weidy
The Daily Cardinal
USHL hockey returns to Madison, but will the fans?

Best Critical Review      

GOLD
Brittany Seemuth
Mount Mary University Arches
A Goodkind of Change

SILVER
Brett Kihlmire
UWM Post
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

BRONZE
John Fennimore
http://uwmpost.com
Rudolph Comes to Life with First Stage

Best Editorial or Commentary   

GOLD
Shannon Venegas
Mount Mary University Arches
Horsin’ Around: Final Goodbye to Phi

SILVER
AshLeigh Brown
Mount Mary University Arches
This Brown Life: Does This Make Me Look Old?

BRONZE
Adonis Torrence
Media Milwaukee
I’m not a student. I’m a black student.

Best Blog

(No Winners Awarded) 

Visual Journalism (any medium):

Best Still Photograph/Photos    

GOLD
Daniel Alfonzo
The Marquette Journal
Through Danny’s Lens

SILVER
Wil Gibb
The Daily Cardinal
Melvin Gordon

BRONZE
Thomas Kelly
Media Milwaukee
Walker Election Night Rally Excitement

Audio (any medium):

Best News Story Single or Ongoing

GOLD
Evan Vogel
Media Milwaukee
Job Fair Draws Hopeful Students in Hard Times

SILVER
Jordyn Noennig
Media Milwaukee
Students Weigh In on Future of Panther Arena

BRONZE
JAMS 320 reporting class
Media Milwaukee
Voices of UWM Voters: A Campus Divided

Best Feature Story         

GOLD
Alexander Crowe
WRST-FM
Suicide Prevention

SILVER
Sarah DeGeorge
Media Milwaukee
Step by Step, Father and Son become Father and Daughter

BRONZE
Kara Pulchinski
Media Milwaukee
Faces of UWM: The Poet

Best Sports Story

GOLD
Alexander Crowe
WRST-FM
Titan Baseball Preview

SILVER
Trica Fishbune
Julia Skulstad
The Badger Report (http://badgerreport.journalism.wisc.edu)
Women’s Snow Soccer

BRONZE
Jordyn Noennig
Media Milwaukee
Students Weigh In on Future of Panther Arena

Video (any medium):

Best News Story Single or Ongoing        

GOLD
Taylor Chase
The Badger Report (http://badgerreport.journalism.wisc.edu)
Underground Storage Tanks

SILVER
Brian Georgeson
Kate O’Neill
Marquette University Television
Westboro Baptist Church at Marquette University

BRONZE
Erin Nordloh
UWM PantherVision
Ruining the Ruins

Best Feature Story

GOLD
Danielle Stobb
Maria Corpus
UWM PantherVision
UWM Superfan

SILVER
Mike Cianciolo
Marquette University Television
Dwyane Wade Donates Gift for “Live to Dream” Reading Program

BRONZE
Nina Guzman
Christopher Cochran
Diederich Ideas
The Greater Together Milwaukee

Best Sports Story            

GOLD
Mike Cianciolo
Marquette University Television
Wojo Era Begins with 79-63 Win Over UT Martin

SILVER
Grant Becker
Marquette University Television
Marquette Takes Panther Invite 1-0 Over Oregon St.

BRONZE
Sam Zwick
Brett Bachman
The Badger Report (http://badgerreport.journalism.wisc.edu)
The UW Boxing Comeback

Best Newscast 

GOLD
UWM PantherVision News Staff
UWM PantherVision
UWM PantherVision 10/20/14

Best Program, Documentary or Special 

GOLD
Taylor Chase
The Badger Report
“26.5”

SILVER
Brian Georgeson
Nina Guzman
Staff
Marquette University Television
President Lovell Feature

BRONZE
Jordan Angelo
Peter Basch
Michael Cianciolo
Nina Guzman
Samuel Ostlund
SPORTS.edu
Battle of the Sexes

Online (any medium):

Best Use of Multi-Media            

GOLD
Barbara Gonzalez
Jasmine Sola
Mara Jezior
Michelle Gonzalez
Curb Magazine
Water World

SILVER
John Holman
Media Milwaukee
School of Iron

BRONZE
Madeleine Behr
Phebe Myers
Jasmine Sola
Garth Beyer
Michael Kuca
Esta Pratt-Kielly
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
In the Red

Best Website Design    

GOLD
Ashley Berg
Lanni Solochek
Katy Stankevitz
Samantha Wolfin
Michelle Gonzalez
Curb Magazine
Curb Online

SILVER
Mount Mary University Arches
Arches web site

BRONZE
Peter Fiorentino
Grant Becker
Tyler Tucky
The College Tailgate

Best Local News or Feature Website

GOLD
Media Milwaukee Staff
Media Milwaukee

SILVER
Irene Burski
Jenny Falk
Michael Frett
Pamanisha Gross
Bryan Kristensen
Gabrielle Menard
Elaine Menigo
Becca Radix
Cassie Sterwald
Zhejun Wang
Intermediate Reporting
UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Treading Water

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