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2012 Excellence in Journalism Awardees

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PROFESSIONAL


Writing (Newspaper, Magazine or Online Media)

Wisconsin Journalist of the Year

Steve Walters
WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network

 

Best critical review

GOLD
Tom Strini
Tom Strini’s Culture Desk
ThirdCoast Digest

SILVER
Mack Bates
In The Spotlight: Milwaukee Summer Entertainment Camp founder Kyle Olson
Milwaukee Magazine, MilwaukeeMag.com, Moviegoers

BRONZE
Andy Downing
Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples at the Overture Center
77 Square (The Capital Times)

 

Best illustration or cartoon 

GOLD
Alan Talaga
Jon Lyons
The 12 Signs of the Madison Apocalypse
Isthmus

SILVER
Jason Crosby
Kathryn Lavey
Extreme Tourism
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Timothy Raasch
November Cover
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

Best coverage of a single news topic or event

GOLD
Steve Jagler
Obamacare
BizTimes Milwaukee

SILVER
Pat Schneider
Palermo's/Camp Randall
The Capital Times

BRONZE
Corrinne Hess
The Future of Aurora Sinai
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

 

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

GOLD
Janet Raasch
Amy Siewert
Jordan DeChambre
M Writers
Modern Milwaukee Moments
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

SILVER
Amy Karon
Kate Prengaman
Jenny Peek
Anna Bukowski
Gayle Cottrill
Monica Hickey
Gaps persist in campus mental health services
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

BRONZE
Kirsten Klahn
Coverage of minority hiring
The Daily Reporter

 

Best beat coverage

GOLD
Mary Spicuzza
Clay Barbour
Total Recall
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Andrew Weiland
Real estate beat
BizTimes Milwaukee

BRONZE
Andy Downing
Madison music
77 Square (The Capital Times)

 

Best single feature story over 30"

GOLD
Kurt Chandler
A Loaded Question
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Howie Magner
The Perfectionist
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Bob Gosman
Cross to Bear
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

 

Best single feature story under 30"

GOLD
Stacy Vogel Davis
CEO by day, musician by night
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

SILVER
Abby Callard
The Emerald Apocalypse
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
George Hesselberg
Aisha and the Bee
Wisconsin State Journal

 

Best sports story

GOLD (Tie)
Gary D'Amato
Finding her stride
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GOLD (Tie)
Tyler Dunne
Ex-Packer Craig Newsome fights pain, addiction
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GOLD (Tie)
Tyler Dunne
McCarthy can teach QBs with anyone
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

SILVER (Tie)
Tyler Dunne
Packers great Gregg faces the battle of his life
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

SILVER (Tie)
Jim Owczarski
Portrait in perseverance: Mike Fiers' road to the majors
OnMilwaukee.com

BRONZE
Tom Silverstein
Nick Collins wants to play football
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

Best single editorial, statement of editorial position or opinion

GOLD
Peggy Schulz
Change our culture of drunkenness
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (freelance contributor)

SILVER
Bruce Murphy
Why Voters Rejected the Recall
Isthmus

BRONZE
The Capital Times Staff
Shootings at Sikh temple test founding faith
The Capital Times

 

Best business story or series

GOLD
Molly Newman
Leinenkugel!
BizTimes Milwaukee

SILVER
Matt Hrodey
Coffee Wars
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Mike Ivey
Sinking with an old economy
The Capital Times

 

Best investigative story or series

GOLD
Mike Ivey
Political payback
The Capital Times

SILVER (Tie)
Michael Timm
Scrutiny reveals troubled Sweet Water
Bay View Compass

SILVER (Tie)
Bennet Goldstein
Bill Lueders
Chris Murphy
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
The Capital Times Staff
Service Stigma: Disabled or not, veterans face job challenges
The Capital Times

BRONZE
Steven Elbow
Walker's cross-country cultivation of high-level backers
The Capital Times

 

Best public service feature story

GOLD
Abby Callard
21 Ideas to Change Milwaukee
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Bill Lueders
Green schemes make activists see red
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

BRONZE
Eric Lindquist
Nutrition advice to young athletes: Keep it simple
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

 

Best column

GOLD
Andy Moore
Close to Home
Isthmus

SILVER
Jamakaya
Jamakaya Op-Eds
Wisconsin Gazette

BRONZE
Daniel J Steininger
Innovate or Die
BizTimes Milwaukee

 

Best single headline

GOLD
Kurt Chandler
Radio Head
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Mack Bates
Champion of Vital Stories, Artfully Told
Milwaukee Magazine, MilwaukeeMag.com, Moviegoers

BRONZE
Ann Christenson
Walk This Whey
Milwaukee Magazine

 

Best background, analytical or interpretive story

GOLD
Doug Erickson
Behind the name, a complex figure
Wisconsin State Journal

SILVER
Steven Elbow
How shenanigans have brought Orpheum to the brink
The Capital Times

BRONZE
Pat Schneider
Madison-Kipp
The Capital Times

 

Newspaper Design

Best overall design

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

SILVER
Louis Weisberg
Maureen M. Kane
Laura Gronek
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
Wisconsin Gazette

BRONZE
Clarion Staff
The Clarion
Madison Area Technical College

 

Best special section design

GOLD
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
Claire Rutkoske
Forty under 40; Women of Influence and Higher Education Guide
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

SILVER
George Treviranus
The Clarion
Madison Area Technical College

BRONZE
Jayne Laste
Top Projects
The Daily Reporter

 

Best single page design

GOLD
Mark Kass
Robb Helf
Business Journal front page
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

SILVER
Louis Weisberg
Maureen M Kane
Wisconsin Gazette Staff
There and back again
Wisconsin Gazette

BRONZE
George Treviranus
The Clarion
Madison Area Technical College

 

Magazine Design

Best overall design

GOLD
Malcolm McDowell Woods
Lisa Malmarowski
Margaret Mittelstadt
Cara Berken
Paul Sloth
Carrie Rowe
Graze - Around the Kitchen Table with Outpost Natural Foods
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative

SILVER
Kathryn Lavey
Anne Baesemann
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Shelly Tabor
Picara Hay
BizTimes Milwaukee

 

Best single cover design

GOLD
Kathryn Lavey
Anne Baesemann
Adam Ryan Morris
Mary Kate McDevitt
Best Burgers, August 2012
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Amy Siewert
Fran Gimla
Jordan Dechambre
Dan Bishop
June 2012
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

BRONZE
Jordan Dechambre
Fran Gimla
Dan Bishop
July 2012
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

 

Best single story or feature design

GOLD
Kathryn Lavey
Adam Ryan Morris
Chris Kessler
Where To Eat Now
Milwaukee Magazine

SILVER
Fran Gimla
Janet Raasch
Amy Siewert
Jordan Dechambre
Dan Bishop
Readers’ Choice Awards
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

BRONZE
Kathryn Lavey
Adam Ryan Morris
Chris Kessler
Best Beer
Milwaukee Magazine

 

Photojournalism

Best photo essay or series

GOLD
Lukas Keapproth
Rural Slide
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

SILVER
Adam Ryan Morris
Here They Stand
Milwaukee Magazine

BRONZE
Dan Bishop
Jordan Dechambre
Showstoppers
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

 

Best news photograph

GOLD
Lacy Landre
Sun Sets on the Day of Sikh Tragedy
ThirdCoast Digest

SILVER
Kevin Harnack
Roof Lines
The Daily Reporter

BRONZE
Lukas Keapproth
Walker Recall Kiss
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

 

Best feature photograph

GOLD
Kevin Harnack
Morning Light
The Daily Reporter

SILVER
Lesia Witkowsky
Farmer
Madison Magazine

BRONZE
Dan Bishop
Amy Siewert
Fran Gimla
Go With the Flow
M Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

 

Online Media

Best blog

GOLD
Dan Curd
Small Dishes
Madison Magazine

SILVER
Otehlia Cassidy
Local Flavor
Madison Magazine

BRONZE
Bruce Murphy
The Chatter: Fitzgerald’s Strangely Sleepy Campaign
urbanmilwaukee.com

 

Best live online coverage of news, sports or lifestyle event

GOLD (Tie)
Thomas Swigert 
Amy Smith
Abe Lubetkin
Nick Bohr
Matt Salemme
Sikh Temple Shooting
WISN.com

GOLD (Tie)
Thomas Swigert 
Amy Smith
Marianne Lyles
Nick Bohr
Brookfield Shooting
WISN.com

BRONZE
JR Ross
Andy Szal
Jason Smathers
Quorum Call
WisPolitics.com

 

Best innovative feature

GOLD
Kate Golden
The Walker Calendar Files
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

SILVER
Kate Golden
Brownfields
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

BRONZE
Kate Prengaman
Rural Slide
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

 

Best website design

GOLD
Tarik J. Moody
88Nine RadioMilwaukee

SILVER
BizTimes Milwaukee Staff
BizTimes.com
BizTimes Milwaukee

 

Best local news website

GOLD
Mark Kass
Todd Bragstad
David Schuyler
The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

SILVER
Louis Weisberg
Lisa Neff
www.wisconsingazette.com
Wisconsin Gazette

BRONZE
Thomas Swigert 
Amy Smith
WISN.com
WISN-TV

 

Best local news or feature website

GOLD
Tom Strini
Jon Anne Willow
Dan Shafer
Matthew Reddin
Sahan Jayasuriya
Lacy Landre
ThirdCoastDigest.com
ThirdCoast Digest

SILVER
Sharon McGowan and Staff
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

BRONZE
Jeramey Jannene
Dave Reid
Bruce Murphy
UrbanMIlwaukee.com

 

Radio

 

Best reporting of an ongoing news story

GOLD
Mike Simonson
Shawn Johnson
Gilman Halsted
Chuck Quirmbach
Mining Bill Battle
Wisconsin Public Radio

SILVER
WPR News Staff
2012 Elections
Wisconsin Public Radio

BRONZE
Steve Roisum
Gilman Halsted
Shamane Mills
Drought Hits Wisconsin Farms
Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Best documentary, investigative or public affairs story or series

GOLD
Susan Bence
Mining Sand in Wisconsin
WUWM-FM

SILVER
Stephanie Lecci
Death and Dying in the 21st Century
WUWM-FM

 

Best feature story or series

GOLD
Maureen McCollum
Repair Cafe
Wisconsin Public Radio

SILVER
Mitch Teich
Not Just High School Theater
WUWM-FM

BRONZE
Chuck Quirmbach
Calling All Bat-Counters
Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Best writing for radio news

GOLD
Glen Moberg
Wisconsin Public Radio

SILVER
Ann-Elise Henzl
Ann-Elise Henzl Compilation
WUWM-FM

BRONZE
Erin Toner
Erin Toner Writing Compilation
WUWM-FM

 

Best use of audio within a report

GOLD
Patty Murray
POW Musical
Wisconsin Public Radio

SILVER
Nathan Imig
Inside Milwaukee Makerspace
88Nine RadioMilwaukee, WYMS-FM

 

Best sports story or series

GOLD
Stephanie Lecci
Living History League Honors Women’s Professional Baseball
WUWM-FM

SILVER
Mitch Teich
Tuesday Night Lights
WUWM-FM

BRONZE
Terry Bell
Paddleboard Yoga Comes to Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Television

Best coverage of a breaking news story

GOLD
WISN 12 News Team
Sikh Temple Shooting
WISN

SILVER
WITI News Staff
Sikh Temple Shooting
WITI - Fox 6

BRONZE
TODAY'S TMJ4 Team
Temple Massacre
TODAY'S TMJ4

 

Best multi-day coverage of an ongoing story

GOLD
TODAY'S TMJ4 Team
Salon Shooting Spree
TODAY'S TMJ4

SILVER
Mike Lowe
FOX6 News Staff
On the Trail with Paul Ryan
WITI - Fox 6

BRONZE
John Schroeder
Fred Woskoff
Paul Schmidt
John Blandino
Shelby Kisling
Claudia Looze
WisconsinEye’s 2012 Mining in Wisconsin Coverage
WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network

 

Best reporting of news or sports

GOLD
Charles Benson
Charles Benson Compilation
TODAY'S TMJ4

SILVER
Jeremy Ross
Jeremy Ross Composite
WITI-TV Fox 6

BRONZE
Henry Rosoff
WITI Photojournalism Staff
Henry Rosoff Composite
WITI-TV Fox 6

 

Best investigative report or series

GOLD
Steve Chamraz
Paul Marble
TODAY'S TMJ4 I-TEAM
Milwaukee Parking Meter mess
TODAY'S TMJ4

SILVER
Colleen Henry
John Kenney
Patrick Doland
Double Dip
WISN

BRONZE
Bryan Polcyn
Stephen Davis
Dave Michuda
Josh Dewar
Jerimiah Junkers
The Boy in the Box
WITI - Fox 6

 

Best feature or lifestyle story or series

GOLD
Steve Chamraz
Paul Marble
Tim Meulemans
Making The Milwaukee
TODAY'S TMJ4

SILVER
Brad Hicks
Audrey Haynes
Dave Michuda
Team Gleason: No White Flags
WITI-TV Fox 6

BRONZE
Henry Rosoff
Andy Konkle
Furry Flight for Life
WITI-TV Fox 6

 

Best overall single story for television news

GOLD
Brad Hicks
Tim Viste
Austin Thomas
Andy Konkle
Jerry Imig
Dave Michuda
Defiant Drivers
WITI-TV Fox 6

SILVER
Brad Hicks
Jerry Imig
Jane Doe: The Ice Woman
WITI-TV Fox 6

BRONZE
Joyce Garbaciak
Jason Hunter
Lt. Murphy
WISN

 

Best documentary or news special

GOLD
WITI Staff
WITI - Tragedy at Sandy Hook
WITI - Fox 6

SILVER
Rita Aleman
John Eddy
Divided We Stand
WISN

BRONZE
Everett L. Marshburn
Joanne Williams
Harry Kemp: The Photography Man, A Black Nouveau Special
Milwaukee Public TV

 

Best newscast

GOLD
TODAY’S TMJ4 Team
Live At 10 - Sikh Temple Massacre
TODAY'S TMJ4

SILVER
WITI News Staff
WITI - October 21, 2012
WITI - Fox 6

BRONZE
WISN 12 News Team
Sikh Temple Shooting
WISN

 

COLLEGIATE

WRITING (PRINT OR WEB):

 

Best news story


GOLD
Allison Kruschke
Pat Simonaitis
Andrew Phillips
Maria Tsikalas 
Two MU students allegedly sexually assaulted abroad
The Marquette Tribune

SILVER
Elliot Hughes
Madisonians celebrate LGBT rights after Pocan, Baldwin wins
The Badger Herald

BRONZE
Audrey Poston
Milwaukee College Women Influence Election
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

BRONZE
Pat Simonaitis
Students protest to save FFP
The Marquette Tribune

 

Best single feature story over 30"

GOLD
Emily Genco
Rising Above: One mother’s journey to transcend poverty
Curb magazine

SILVER
Melissa Grau
Solidarity Sister: 86-year-old nun champions change in health care
Curb magazine

BRONZE
Trapper Schoepp
School of Rock: Rock 'n Roll Majors Draw Passionate Students
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Best single feature story under 30"

GOLD
John Meise
Biker Blessing: Milwaukee Harley Riders Get Divine Inspiration
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

SILVER
Chuckie Brown
Punk Rock Boy Scouts Ride On
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

BRONZE
Eric Oliver
No race too long for ultramarathoner, administrator Carolyn Smith
The Marquette Tribune

 

Best sports story

GOLD
Nick Korger
Wisconsin’s Ball adjusts to life in fishbowl
The Badger Herald

SILVER
Sean Mahon
We Were Marquette Football
The Marquette Journal

BRONZE
Patrick Leary 
Carlson chooses to let her play do the talking
The Marquette Tribune

 

Best critical review 

GOLD
Matt Mueller
Bond's 23rd movie 'Skyfall' rises to the occasion
The Marquette Tribune

SILVER
Erin Heffernan
'Wreck-It Ralph' a smashing good time for all ages
The Marquette Tribune

BRONZE
Adelaide Blanchard
R. Kelly serves up soul in memoir
The Badger Herald

 

Best editorial or commentary

GOLD
The Badger Herald Editorial Board
Wisconsin has failed
UW The Badger Herald

SILVER
Tessa Fox
Maria Tsikalas
Classroom time shouldn't be up for auction
The Marquette Tribune

BRONZE
Tony Manno
Don't marginalize the doodle
The Marquette Tribune

 

Photojournalism:

 

Best still photograph/photos

GOLD
A. Martina Ibanez-Baldor
Alyce Peterson
Marquette, Milwaukee communities commemorate Sikh temple shooting
The Marquette Tribune

SILVER
A. Martina Ibanez-Baldor
Obama rallies voters at Summerfest grounds
The Marquette Tribune

BRONZE
Sarah Witman
Forkers congregate for sonic bliss at annual festival
The Badger Herald

 

Radio:

 

Best news story

GOLD
James Gutierrez
Day of the Dead: Remembering the Sikh Temple Shooting Victims
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

SILVER
Michael Friday
Waiting for Ellen: And waiting, and waiting, and waiting
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

BRONZE
Amber Ridgeway
Open for Biz: Riverwest Shop Owner Offers Alternative Transportation
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Best feature story

GOLD
Brian Urbanek
Homeless In Chicago

90.3 WRST-FM Oshkosh

SILVER
Brandon Kinnard
Mascots: Life Inside The Costume
90.3 WRST-FM Oshkosh

BRONZE
William Bott
Seen, Not Heard: Getting to Know the Bolton Bum
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Best sports story

GOLD
Andrea Romero
Cross Cultural Ping Pong
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

SILVER
David Tukesbrey
Marquette Women’s Soccer Podcast BIG EAST Tournament Recap
Marquette Radio

BRONZE
Brandon Kinnard
2012 UW-Oshkosh vs. UW-Whitewater Football Preview
90.3 WRST-FM Oshkosh

 

Best newscast

GOLD
Brandon Kinnard
WRST 4:55 News Update (5-8-2012)
90.3 WRST-FM Oshkosh

SILVER
Spencer Wagen
Trevor Uitenbroek
Brian Davidson
WRST 5:55 News Update (3-30-12)
90.3 WRST-FM Oshkosh

 

Television:

 

Best news story

GOLD
Maximilian Hess
Carolyn Portner
Brianna Hansen
Lisa Mihelich
Alcohol Policy Changes at Marquette
MUTV

SILVER
Amy Watanabe
Tyler Berg
Faith Lenard
Chris Verhyen
Presidential Politics
UWM PantherVision

BRONZE
Maximilian Hess
Two Students Hit by Car on Campus
MUTV

 

Best feature story

GOLD
Adam Gallo
Jordan Johanson
Interview Skills
UWM PantherVision

SILVER
Rebecca Omick
Cultural Dancing
UWM PantherVision

BRONZE
Justin Wheeler

Amy Watanabe
Painting With A Purpose
UWM PantherVision

 

Best sports story

GOLD
Mark Freund
Marquette, Six Other Schools Withdraw from Big East
Marquette University Television

SILVER
Mark Freund
Dwyane Wade Visits Marquette for Signing of New Book
Marquette University Television

BRONZE
Mark Freund
Carlson and Mertens Lead Marquette Forward
Marquette University Television

 

Best newscast

GOLD
Maximilian Hess
Lisa Mihelich
Arthur Jones
Travis Smith
Brianna Hansen
Carolyn Portner
MUTV News: 10-31-2012
MUTV

SILVER
Rebecca Omick
Lyla Goerl
Faith Lenard
Tom Momberg
Adam Gallo
Justin Wheeler
UWM PantherVision

Best program or special

GOLD
Dan Rose
John Waters Capacity to Care
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication

SILVER
Matty Neikrug
S.P.O.T. (Standing Parapalegic Omni-Directional Transport)
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication

BRONZE
Dena Goldstein
Emily Osborne
100 Block Battle
UW Madison School of Journalism

 

Online Media:

 

Best multi-media feature

GOLD
Jordan Johansen
The Gift of Gab: Wisconsin Man Becomes Advocate for ALS Research
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

SILVER
Caitlin Furin
Jade Likely
Muge Niu
UW Journalism Students
UW Election Connection
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication

BRONZE
Kaitlin Sharkey
Fields Apart: City, Suburban Football Programs are Study in Contrasts
Media Milwaukee | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Best website design

GOLD
Curb Magazine Staff
Curb Online
Curb Magazine

SILVER
Will Haynes
The Badger Herald

BRONZE
Caitlin Furin
Jade Likely
Muge Niu
UW Madison Journalism Students
UW Election Connection
UW Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication