Daily Herald garners 26 nominations for Lisagor Awards
Winners of the 38th annual awards will be named during a dinner on May 8 in Chicago.
"We are assured of awards in three categories where our staff members received all the finalist nominations. In four other categories, Daily Herald staff members received two of the three finalist nominations," said Senior Vice President/Editor John Lampinen.
Nominees are in the daily newspaper category for circulation under 250,000. They are:
•General excellence in print journalism: the Daily Herald is one of three nominated.
•Deadline reporting for daily newspapers: Madhu Krishnamurthy, Lee Filas and Christopher Placek for their story, "Cops shot in Holiday Hills."
•Non-deadline reporting: James Fuller for "Why missing so long?"; Marie Wilson and Jessica Cilella for "Heroin in the suburbs: Through their eyes;" and Mick Zawislak for "Route 53 extension: A 50-year struggle."
•Investigative reporting: Jake Griffin for his weekly column, "Suburban Tax Watchdog."
•Political and government reporting: Mike Riopell for "Raises for care takers are hard to come by."
•Science, health, technology or environment reporting: Marni Pyke for "Hidden Hazards," about hazardous materials leaking from freight trains.
•News column or commentary: Jim Davis and Jim Slusher, each for editorial page columns.
•Editorial writing: Jim Baumann and Jim Slusher, each for a series of editorials.
•Business or consumer reporting: James Fuller for "Video gambling a boon to local business."
•Feature story or series: Mike Riopell for "We were almost home," a narrative of the rescue of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq.
•Arts reporting and criticism: Barbara Vitello for a series of reviews.
•Sports commentary: Barry Rozner and Mike Imrem, each for a series of columns.
•News photo: John Starks for "Devastated by fire" and Mark Welsh for "Walking in cold near Metra train."
•Feature photo: George LeClaire for "A gentleman's kiss," Laura Stoecker for "Football fireworks" and Mark Welsh for "Cap askew."
•Sports photo: Daniel White for "Rodeo toss," Mark Black for "High jumper" and Mark Welsh for "Excited swimmer."
•Design: Brian Shamie for a series of page designs.