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2011 Excellence in Journalism Awardees

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PROFESSIONAL


Writing (Newspaper, Magazine or Online Media)

Best critical review                            

GOLD
Tom Strini
Tom Strini's Culture Desk
ThirdCoast Digest

SILVER
Tom Bamberger
Eyes Wide Open
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Rob Thomas
Tree of Life
77 Square/The Capital Times

Best illustration or cartoon

GOLD
Stuart Carlson
Just for Laughs
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Patrick Castro
Charity Register
M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

 Best coverage of a single news topic or event

GOLD
Wisconsin State Journal staff
Collective bargaining battle
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Kate Golden
Lauren Hasler
Julie Strupp
Cailly Morris
Andrew Averill
Wesley Brooks
Amy Karon
Walker emails
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

BRONZE
Louis Weisberg
Why Walker killed wind energy jobs
Wisconsin Gazette

Best multi-story coverage of a single feature topic or event

GOLD
Wisconsin State Journal Union Team
Labors Last Stand?
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Bill Lueders
Dean Robbins
Jason Joyce
Kristian Knutsen
Joe Tarr
Linda Falkenstein
Wisconsin Capitol Protests
Isthmus

BRONZE
David Wahlberg
Inside Out: A puzzling birth defect
Wisconsin State Journal

Best beat coverage

GOLD
Deborah Ziff
Higher education: Biddy Martin’s gamble                                                          
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Corrinne Hess
The business of health care
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

BRONZE
Andy Downing
Madison area music
77 Square/The Capital Times

Best single feature story over 30"

GOLD
Kurt Chandler
Tender is the Night
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Jessica VanEgeren
Shawn Doherty
Escape from Wisconsin
The Capital Times

BRONZE
Dan Simmons
Woman never tires of fostering kids, now at 114
Wisconsin State Journal

Best single feature story under 30"

GOLD
Stacy Vogel Davis
Night out on the town
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

SILVER
George Hesselberg
Quilt by Association
Wisconsin State Journal

BRONZE
Jackie Loohauis-Bennett
Westminster-bound pug made shy pal a winner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Best sports story

GOLD
Gary D'Amato
Ex-Brewer Hisle Goes to bat for troubled youth
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

SILVER
Rob Hernandez
Darlington father's dying wish was for son to be free to chase his goals
Wisconsin State Journal & Madison.com

BRONZE
Todd Finkelmeyer
Too Big to Fail
The Capital Times

Best single editorial, statement of editorial position or opinion

GOLD
Scott Milfred
Farm checks to city folk highlight excess                                                         
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Chris Thompson
Judges in name only
Wisconsin Law Journal

BRONZE
The Capital Times Staff
Honor King by defending public workers                                                          
The Capital Times

Best business story or series

GOLD
Mark Kass
Rich Kirchen
Sean Ryan
Stacy Vogel Davis
David Schuyler
M&I Package
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

SILVER
Cristina Daglas
The Kohl's Mystique
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Molly Newman
Tipping Point: Nursing home industry faces financial crisis
BizTimes Media, LLC

Best investigative story or series

GOLD
Dee J. Hall
Phil Brinkman
Burning questions: Arson or accident?
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Gina Barton
Both Sides of the Law
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

BRONZE
Lisa Graves
Group Called Citizens for a Strong America" Operates out of a UPS Mail Drop but Runs Expensive Ads "
Center for Media and Democracy

Best public service feature story

GOLD
Steven Verburg
Laura Sparks
John Hart
Dane County sprawl at the crossroads
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Andrew Weiland
Waukesha Needs Water
BizTimes Media, LLC

BRONZE
Dan Simmons
Madison's African Americans have fewer black-owned nightspots even as population grows
Wisconsin State Journal

Best column

GOLD
Scott Milfred
Wisconsin politics
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Andy Moore
Close to Home
Isthmus

BRONZE
Paul Fanlund
Madison360
The Capital Times

Best single headline

GOLD
Chris Thompson
Breaking the bank
The Daily Reporter

SILVER
Evan Solochek
The Doctor Will Tweet You Now
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Ann Christenson
Naan Sense
Milwaukee Magazine

Best background, analytical or interpretive story

GOLD
Jason Smathers
Sarah Karon
Kate Golden
Andy Hall
Dee J. Hall
Security After 9/11: 10 Years Later
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

SILVER

Shawn Doherty
What Happened to Compassionate Conservatism?
The Capital Times

BRONZE
Rich Kirchen
Stacy Vogel Davis
IPO on aisle 3. Roundy's stock offering hits at volatile time
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee


 

Newspaper Design

Best overall design

GOLD
Wisconsin State Journal Staff
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Jeff Maillet
Bill Windler
Dave Kallmann
Ed Brud
Bob Friday
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

BRONZE
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Claire Rutkoske
Robb Helf
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

Best special section design

GOLD
David Dombrowski
Super Bowl Preview
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Mark Kass
Claire Rutkoske
Todd Bragstad
Scott Paulus
Women of Influence, Forty under 40 and Power Book
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

BRONZE
Louis Weisberg
Jim Lautenbach
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Stars and Stripes: Pride 2011
Wisconsin Gazette

Best single page design

GOLD
Dean Witter
Grow Your Own                                   
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Dean Witter
Inside Out
Wisconsin State Journal

BRONZE
Louis Weisberg
Jim Lautenbach
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
WiGOUT on the town
Wisconsin Gazette

Magazine Design

Best overall design

GOLD
Malcolm McDowell Woods
Lisa Malmarowski
Margaret Mittelstadt
Simon Pineda
Cara Berken
Paul Sloth
Graze: Around the Kitchen Table with Outpost
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative

SILVER
Louis Weisberg
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Wisconsin Gazette

BRONZE
Kathryn Lavey
Anne Baesemann
Kahara Schabach
Best Ethnic Dining
Milwaukee Magazine

Best single cover design

GOLD
Anne Baesemann
John Grant
Salaries
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Nick Waraksa
Janet Raasch
Fran Gimla
Annual Insider's Edition
M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

BRONZE
Janet Raasch
Jordan Dechambre
Fran Gimla
Dan Bishop
The Men's Issue
M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

Best single story or feature design

GOLD
Fran Gimla
Dan Bishop
Janet Raasch

Go Locavore
M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

SILVER
Fran Gimla
Dan Bishop
Jordan Dechambre
Meet the Neighborhoods
M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

BRONZE
Kathryn Lavey
Seafood Crazy
Milwaukee Magazine

 

Photojournalism

Best video news or feature journalism

GOLD
Michael P. King
Snow fight at Bascom Hill
Wisconsin State Journal / Madison.com

SILVER
Craig Schreiner
Inside Out: A puzzling birth defect
Wisconsin State Journal

BRONZE
Andrew Konkle
Milwaukee's Music Man
WITI Fox 6

Best photo essay or series

GOLD
John Hart
Capitol Protests
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Craig Schreiner
Inside Out: A puzzling birth defect
Wisconsin State Journal

BRONZE
Michael P. King
Sgt. Baitinger funeral
Wisconsin State Journal / Madison.com

Best news photograph

GOLD
Michael P. King
Capitol Protest
Wisconsin State Journal / Madison.com

SILVER
John Hart
Rotunda Rally
Wisconsin State Journal

BRONZE
Steve Apps
Massive Protest
Wisconsin State Journal

Best feature photograph

GOLD
Dan Bishop
Flying High
M: Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine

SILVER
Adam Ryan Morris
World Class
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Kevin Harnack
Steeple chase
The Daily Reporter

Best sports photograph

GOLD
John Hart
Badger Upset
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Rob Hernandez
Proud Darlington cross country coach/father
Wisconsin State Journal & Madison.com

BRONZE
Craig Schreiner
Winning pole vault
Wisconsin State Journal

 

Online Media

Best blog

GOLD
Shawn Doherty
Laptop City Hall
The Capital Times

SILVER
Shawn Doherty
Vital Signs
The Capital Times

BRONZE (Tie for 3rd place)
Vince Condella
FOX6 Weather Blog
WITI-TV Fox 6 Milwaukee

BRONZE (Tie for 3rd place)
Mark Metcalf
Erin Peterson
Dan Shafer                                         
Podcast with Mark Metcalf
ThirdCoast Digest

Best innovative feature

GOLD
Kate Golden
Emissions data for seven coal-fired power plants
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

SILVER
Joel Van Haren
Tom Strini
TCD.tv
ThirdCoast Digest

BRONZE
Joe Yovino
Rick Benedict
Spinning the wheels of justice
The Daily Reporter

Best website design

GOLD
Erika Kachama-Nkoy
Marcus Steed
Lynn Brockmeyer
Joel Waldinger
David Dickinson
Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish-Harnack Story
Wisconsin Public Television

SILVER
Jeramey Jannene
Jon Anne Willow
thirdcoastdigest.com
ThirdCoast Digest.

BRONZE
The Capital Times Staff
captimes.com
The Capital Times

Best local news website

GOLD
Katie Dean
Rob Thomas
Andy Downing
Lindsay Christians
Debra Carr-Elsing
Katie Foran-McHale
77 Square.com
77 Square/The Capital Times

SILVER
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Wisconsin Gazette website
Wisconsin Gazette

BRONZE
The Capital Times Staff
captimes.com
The Capital Times

Best local news or feature website

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

SILVER
Jon Anne Willow
Tom Strini
Erin Peterson
Dan Shafer
Patti Wenzel
Brian Jacobson
ThirdCoastDigest.com
ThirdCoast Digest

BRONZE
The Morning Blend
Today’s TMJ4

Radio

Best reporting of an ongoing news story

GOLD
WUWM News
State of Upheaval
WUWM

SILVER
Shawn Johnson
Glen Moberg
Shamane Mills
Chuck Quirmbach
Capitol Mayhem
Wisconsin Public Radio

BRONZE
Mike Simonson
Shawn Johnson
Chuck Quirmbach
Mining debate
Wisconsin Public Radio

Best documentary, investigative or public affairs story or series

GOLD
Patty Murray
Mike Simonson
Kristen Durst
Shamane Mills
Teresa Shipley
Two Years Later
Wisconsin Public Radio

SILVER
WUWM
Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections
WUWM

Best feature story or series

GOLD (tie for 1st place)
Lisa Goldman
Louder than a Bomb at the Milwaukee Film Festival
88.9 Radio Milwaukee

GOLD (tie for 1st place)
Stephanie Lecci
Dryhootch: A New Kind of Vets’ Group
WUWM

Best writing for radio news

GOLD
Susan Bence
WUWM

SILVER
Erin Toner
WUWM

BRONZE
Mike Simonson
Wisconsin Public Radio

Best use of audio within a report

GOLD
Chuck Quirmbach
Birding by Ear
Wisconsin Public Radio

SILVER
Mike Simonson
Snowmobiling on Water
Wisconsin Public Radio

BRONZE
Bob Bach
Major League Trout Swim in Shadows of Miller Park
WUWM

Best sports story or series

GOLD (only 1st place awarded)
Mitch Teich
MLB Looks to the Forest Service
WUWM

 

Television

Best coverage of a breaking news story                                                           

GOLD 
Michael Lowe
Jeremy Mews
Jerimiah Junkers
Jerry Imig
Mark Vittorio
Mike Lowe Reports: The Senators Flee the State
WITI Fox 6 News

SILVER
WITI News Staff
February Snowstorm - 2/2/11
WITI Fox 6

BRONZE
Henry Rosoff
Kale Zimny
Waukesha bomb scare
WITI Fox 6

Best multi-day coverage of an ongoing story

GOLD
Henry Rosoff
Sean Towle
Officer Down on Christmas
WITI Fox 6

SILVER
Today’s TMJ4 News Team
Capitol Chaos
Today’s TMJ4

BRONZE
WITI News Staff
2011 Recall Elections – WITI
WITI Fox 6

 Best reporting

GOLD
Vince Vitrano
Today’s TMJ4

SILVER
Henry Rosoff
WITI Fox 6

BRONZE
Charles Benson
Today’s TMJ4

Best investigative report or series

GOLD
Bryan Polcyn
Stephen Davis
Dave Michuda
Jerry Imig
Susanne Barthel
Fake Farms - WITI Milwaukee
WITI Fox 6

SILVER
Rob Koebel
Ira Kluesendorf
Paul Marble
Tim Meulemans
Bogus Bonuses
Today’s TMJ4                                       

BRONZE
Bryan Polcyn
Kale Zimny
Steve Davis
Dave Michuda
Fit for Ironman, Unfit for Duty
WITI Fox 6

Best feature or lifestyle story or series

GOLD
Michael Lowe
Andy Konkle
Reports: The Music Man
WITI Fox 6

SILVER
Henry Rosoff
Tim Viste
Air Guitar
WITI Fox 6

BRONZE
Jenna Sachs
Sean Towle
Shipwrecked
WITI Fox 6

Best overall single story for television news

GOLD
Henry Rosoff
Jeremy Mews
Furry Hope
WITI Fox 6

SILVER
Henry Rosoff
Kale Zimny
Mother to Mother
WITI Fox 6

BRONZE
Michael Lowe
Jerimiah Junkers
Mike Lowe Reports: Court Confrontation
WITI Fox 6

Best documentary or news special

GOLD
Joel Waldinger
Jon Hornbacher
Tom Micksch
Everett Soetenga
Wendy Woodard
Fred Wessel
Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish-Harnack Story
Wisconsin Public Television

SILVER
Terry Kaldhusdal
Michael Bernhagen
Consider the Conversation, a documentary on a taboo subject
Milwaukee Public Television

BRONZE
WITI News Staff
Fox 6 Blitz – WITI
WITI Fox 6

Best newscast                                     

GOLD
Today’s TMJ4 News Team
LIVE at 6
Today’s TMJ4

SILVER                                               
Today’s TMJ4 News Team
LIVE at 10
Today’s TMJ4

BRONZE
WITI News Staff
WITI Fox 6

Best anchor

GOLD
Brad Hicks
WITI Fox 6

SILVER
Vince Vitrano
Today’s TMJ4


COLLEGIATE


Writing (Print or Web):

  Best news story

GOLD
Katie Milella
Out of Work: Job loss after 50 brings stress, pressure to Wisconsin workers
Media Milwaukee

SILVER
Dominic Tortorice
Moving from harm to hope
The Marquette Tribune

BRONZE
Andrea Anderson
InterVarsity gets put on probation
The Marquette Tribune

Best single feature story over 30"

GOLD
Valerie Klessig
Breathing new life into Rural Wisconsin
Curb Magazine

SILVER
Jessica Fedenia
Love... Later
Media Milwaukee

BRONZE
Brittany Radocha
Wisconsin native faces daunting climb after fall
Curb Magazine

Best single feature story under 30"

GOLD
Emily Pettinger
Imprisoned: An alum's tale of captivity, faith and endurance
The Marquette Journal

SILVER
Jenny Zahn
Sounds of Milwaukee
The Marquette Journal

BRONZE
Matt Mueller
Centipedes and censorship
The Marquette Tribune

Best sports story

GOLD
Jenny Zahn
One man, one team, one family
The Marquette Journal

SILVER
Kevin Meagher
Fight Club: Boxing inspires young people at iconic Milwaukee gym
Media Milwaukee

BRONZE
Kelly Erickson
Badgers gain revenge, Big Ten title in 42-39 thriller
The Badger Herald

Best critical review

GOLD
Matthew Mueller
Breaking Dawn: Part I" is kind of good ... what?"
The Marquette Tribune

SILVER
Vanessa Harris
Rihanna's Talk “goes in one ear out the other"
The Marquette Tribune

BRONZE
Ryan Rainey
Mellon Collie roots keep M83 fans happy
The Badger Herald

Best editorial or commentary

GOLD
Zach Brooke
Justification for SA pay raises just isn't there
UWM Post

SILVER
Maria Tsikalas
Clear the air
The Marquette Tribune

BRONZE
Matthew Reddin
Seek truth in Laramie
The Marquette Tribune

Photojournalism:

Best still photograph/photos

GOLD (only 1st place awarded)
Megan McCormick
Cheating Sudden Death
The Badger Herald

Best use of video storytelling

GOLD
John Parnon
Steve Burgermeister
Occupy Arrests
UWM PantherVision

SILVER
Heather Burian
Occupy Madison
The Badger Herald

Radio:

Best news story

GOLD
Eric Balkman
Voter ID Bill
WRST-FM

SILVER (tie for 2nd place)
Kristen Vake
Emergency food and shelter cuts
KUWS-FM and WPR

SILVER (tie for 2nd place)
Sean Willey
Movie Land: Can a film community become a film industry?
Media Milwaukee

Best feature story

GOLD
Eric Balkman
Dennis Haskins Interview
WRST-FM

SILVER
Eric Balkman
Local Man vs. Food
WRST-FM

BRONZE
Shaina Summerville
Apple Picking
Radio Lobo, Cardinal Stritch University

Best sports story

GOLD
Brandon Kinnard
The Lights Go Out at Titan Stadium: The Ben Zalas Story
WRST-FM

SILVER
Michael Wottreng
A Crucial Final Week for Marquette Volleyball
Marquette University Radio

BRONZE
Brandon Kinnard
Titan Football Outlook: Homecoming
WRST-FM

Best newscast

BRONZE (only 3rd place awarded)
Eric Balkman
News Update November 28, 2011
WRST-FM

Television (Signal or Web Based):

Best news story

GOLD
Taylor Thompson
Lauren Reimer
Lauren Roberstadt
Alyssa Brass
Sean Willey
PantherVision News Staff
Budget Battle
UWM PantherVision

BRONZE
Taylor Thompson
E-Mail Investigation
UWM PantherVision

Best feature story

GOLD
John Parnon
Sarah Christopherson
Zombies
UWM PantherVision

SILVER
Aase Quamme
Matthew Cash
Janitor Ray
UWM PantherVision

BRONZE
Kyle Deckelbaum
Dena Goldstein
Text for a Text
The Badger Report

Best sports story

GOLD
Tess Quinlan
Men's Soccer Shuts Out Rutgers, 2-0, in Big East Home Opener
Marquette University Television (MUTV)

SILVER
Tess Quinlan
Volleyball Beats Georgetown, As Beyer Gets 100th Kill
Marquette University Television (MUTV)

BRONZE
Aase Quamme
Sarah Christopherson
NCAA Soccer
UWM PantherVision

Best program or special

GOLD
Lyndsay Spa
Sean Willey
Kaitlin Sharkey

Antoine Mack
PantherVision News Staff
UWM PantherVision

SILVER
Tess Quinlan
Gregory Ideran
Mark Freund
Marquette Basketball Insider
Marquette University Television (MUTV)

BRONZE
Collin Hartman
Edward O'Neil
Jessica Brown
Skyla Rice
Srijan Sen
Celebrate the Holidays Milwaukee Style
wisn.com & Cardinal Stritch University

Online Media:

Best blog

GOLD
Andrei Greska
Mark Strotman
Paint Touches
The Marquette Tribune

SILVER
Katie Harris
Katelyn Baker
Mattie Pieschel
AyJay Trela
Alexandra Ford
Crystal Schreiner
Trending Topics
The Marquette Journal

Best multi-media feature

GOLD
Michael Meidenbauer
New Rules: Wisconsin teachers grapple with post-union landscape
Media Milwaukee

SILVER
Alex Surprise
Rory Linnane
Intermediate Reporting Students
Wisconsin Balancing Act: Where Do You Fall After Budget Cuts
UW Madison School of Journalism

BRONZE
Andy Ambrosius
Failing at Fashion: Can Milwaukee attract, retain creative young professionals?
Media Milwaukee

Best website design

GOLD
Lindsey Cohen
Beth Pickhard
Katie Teresi
Kaitlyn Schnell
Curb Online
Curb Magazine

SILVER
Lauren Groh
Digital Memories: Preserving priceless photos gets tricky in the computer age
Media Milwaukee

BRONZE
The Badger Herald staff
www.badgerherald.com
The Badger Herald