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Daily Herald wins seven Lisagor awards

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  • Daily Herald photographer Bob Chwedyk and film critic Dann Gire hold the seven Peter Lisagor awards the newspaper's staff won Friday night in Chicago.

       Daily Herald photographer Bob Chwedyk and film critic Dann Gire hold the seven Peter Lisagor awards the newspaper's staff won Friday night in Chicago.
    Robert Y. Paddock Jr. | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Baumann

      Jim Baumann

  • Bob Chwedyk

      Bob Chwedyk

  • Dann Gire

      Dann Gire

  • Jake Griffin

      Jake Griffin

  • Mike Imrem

      Mike Imrem

  • Joe Lewnard

      Joe Lewnard

  • Steve Lundy

      Steve Lundy

  • "Cats want in" -- While vacationing over the Fourth of July weekend at my nephew's place in Indiana, a storm rolled in and everyone ran inside for cover. That is, everyone except Sammi, left, and Si, two kittens that climbed up the screen door to emphasize how much they wanted to come in. Armed with my trusty iPhone, I managed to capture these two scaredy-cats.

      "Cats want in" -- While vacationing over the Fourth of July weekend at my nephew's place in Indiana, a storm rolled in and everyone ran inside for cover. That is, everyone except Sammi, left, and Si, two kittens that climbed up the screen door to emphasize how much they wanted to come in. Armed with my trusty iPhone, I managed to capture these two scaredy-cats.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • "Goalie's leap" -- As photojournalists we have to be ready to shoot in all weather conditions. This sectional boys soccer matchup between Grayslake Central and Antioch took place in a total downpour. The dark background accentuates the rain as this defender from Grayslake Central tries to stay warm by jumping.

       "Goalie's leap" -- As photojournalists we have to be ready to shoot in all weather conditions. This sectional boys soccer matchup between Grayslake Central and Antioch took place in a total downpour. The dark background accentuates the rain as this defender from Grayslake Central tries to stay warm by jumping.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • "Butterfly child" -- Caroline Provost, left, has lunch with friend Cece Gray at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows. Caroline has a rare disorder that renders her skin as delicate as a butterfly's wing.

       "Butterfly child" -- Caroline Provost, left, has lunch with friend Cece Gray at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows. Caroline has a rare disorder that renders her skin as delicate as a butterfly's wing.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
 

Seven Daily Herald reporters, writers and photographers were honored Friday night with Peter Lisagor Awards, the highest accolades given to Chicago-area journalists.

Jake Griffin, whose Suburban Watchdog column investigates questionable government spending, won the Best Investigative Reporter Lisagor {for newspapers less than 250,000) for a series of stories looking into what suburban school districts and their board spent on education conferences.

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The prestigious Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism are given by the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Daily Herald's other winners are:

• Best Arts Reporting and Criticism (circulation 250,000 or less): Three articles by film critic Dann Gire: A tribute to Roger Ebert and two reviews, 'American Hustle' and 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.

• Best Editorial Writing (circulation 250,000 or less): Assistant Vice President/Managing Editor Jim Baumann for "The essential work of 911 dispatchers," "Arming cops with AEDs a sensible goal" and "Want better democracy? Add some trust."

• Best Sports Commentary (circulation 250,000 or less): Columnist Mike Imrem, for "Athletes, fans just look at things differently," "There's just no hope for Ricketts' Cubs guarantee" and "Bottom line: A slur is a slur is a slur."

• Best Feature Photo: Bob Chwedyk, "Cats Want In."

• Best Sports Photo: Steve Lundy, "Goalie's Leap"

• Best News Photo (circulation 250,000 or less): Joe Lewnard, "Butterfly child"

In all, the Daily Herald staff was nominated for 21 awards, featuring the work of reporters, editors, photographers and a page designer. The master of ceremonies for the awards was Andy Shaw, president and chief operating officer of the Better Government Association.

The awards are named for reporter and columnist Peter Lisagor, the respected Chicago Daily News Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976.

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