Pioneer Press to be honored by Illinois Press Association
Oak Leaves photographer Rob Hart won an Ilinois Press Association Award for this photo of Fenwick wrestling coach Jerry Ruffino (right) and his son, Chris (left) from Feb. 19, 2011. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 4, 2012 11:01AM
The Illinois Press Association has announced that Pioneer Press and Doings titles, including Elm Leaves, will be presented with 25 awards, ranging from first place to honorable mention, at the group’s annual convention June 13-15 in downstate Springfield.
“This recognition speaks to the commitment to quality content that we have at Pioneer Press,” Publisher Chris Krug said.
Jennifer Clark, editor of the Elm Leaves, is a winner in four categories for the Oak Leaves, including general excellence, the paper’s opinion section is up for best editorial page, and her editorial, “List is a wake-up call.” Clark is also a co-recipient of the best website award, along with Web Editor Bill Ruminski, for the Oak Leaves’ site.
The Oak Leaves is also a winner for enterprise reporting for Bill Dwyer’s work on “The Tragic Case of Catherine Trage.”
Reporter Todd Shields is a winner in two categories: government beat reporting in the Oak Leaves for “Beat: village low-income housing,” and along with photographer Dan Luedert in the best web project field for “Joyful tears punctuate civil union,” also in the Oak Leaves.
Oak Leaves also won in the best lifestyle section category for its Diversions section.
The Doings of LaGrange, under editor Brett Johnson, is also a winner in the general excellence field.
Staff writer Irv Leavitt was nominated for his feature writing for his column, The Unemployee.
Staff writer Karen Berkowitz is a winner in two categories, best school board coverage for “College ready-or-not?” and best coverage of taxation for her analysis of property taxes.
Senior Editor Meg Moore is also a double winner for best lifestyle section and best original column for “The Style Counselor.”
Graphics journalist Lenore Krasner is a winner in two categories as well, best page design for “Getting Fresh at Wilde & Greene” and best informational graphic for “Bike-Walk Highland Park” in the Highland Park News.
Pioneer Press photos were honored in five categories. Michael Schmidt will receive two honor, one for best feature photo for “Dodgeball Dance,” the other for best sports photo for “Winning Point Reaction.” Rob Hart also has a winning entry in the best sports photo field for “Wrestling Reaction.” Additionally, Tom Cruze is a winner for best general news photo for “27 Story Rappel” and Suzanne Tennant is a best personality portrait for “Lost Child.”
Other winners include: Charles Berman, best sports feature, “Gone, but not forgotten,” Barrington Courier-Review; Rich Martin, best sports story, “Compher laces skates for Ann Arbor,” Northbrook Star; Mike Isaacs, best business/economic reporting, “Hunting Before Dawn for the Elusive iPad 2,” Skokie Review; and Jane Michaels, best school board coverage for her coverage of Lyons Township High School District 204 for the Doings of LaGrange.