Winning statewide journo awards

thanks, Illinois Woman's Press Association, not to mention Chicago Journal

06/05/2012 12:46 PM

By Bonnie McGrath

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I am proud to announce that I won three journalism awards from the Illinois Woman's Press Association over the weekend--all for columns written for the Chicago Journal: two first place and one third place.

One First Place award was in the General Column category, for the following pieces: "Businesses keep coming back," and "South Loop muggings were the latest crime wave."

The other First Place win was in the Humorous Column category and was for "Field Museum's thrones crowned" and "Rebranding the South Loop."

All four of these columns are automatically put into competition for the National Federation of Press Women's nationwide contest among first place winners from each of the United States chapters, of which IWPA is one. The winners in that contest will be announced later in 2012.

I was also awarded a third place award in the Personal Opinion category for "Daley leaving the South Loop, but legacy remains" and "Gambling against the South Loop."

Thanks, of course, to IWPA for recognizing my work--but even more importantly, thanks to the Chicago Journal for giving me the space to tell my stories for the past 11 years!

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By Bonnie McGrath from South Loop
Posted: 06/05/2012 9:05 PM

Just want to mention that the commenter below, Jan Huttner--also a long time South Looper, and a writer and critic--won some pretty fine awards herself on Saturday. And we had a great time at the awards luncheon at the Union League Club.

By Jan Lisa Huttner from Dearborn Park
Posted: 06/05/2012 2:44 PM

As your neighbor, your friend & a fellow member of IWPA, I agree with Dan. Your articles are a great addition to our community. CONGRATULATIONS, Jan

By Dan Haley from Chicago Journal
Posted: 06/05/2012 2:29 PM

Bonnie, it has been great to have your voice in our pages over all these years. You know the South Loop so well, are so connected and its shines back to your readers. You are a great observer of things great and small that make a community go. Thank you.