CRYSTAL LAKE – The Northwest Herald won 13 awards in the annual Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest in its division of newspapers.
The editorial staff captured first place in Enterprise Series for their four-day series “Strapped in Suburbia” that examined the rise of poverty in McHenry County. Reporter Jim Dallke also took first place in the Enterprise Story category.
Photographers Kyle Grillot and H. Rick Bamman won first place in Spot News Photo and Sports Action Photo, respectively. Former photographer Lathan Goumas also took first place in General News Photo and second place in Feature Photo.
Sports writer Tom Musick won first place in the Sports Column or Blog category.
“While we do what we do with our readers in mind, it’s always nice to be recognized by our peers for our journalism,” Editor Jason Schaumburg said. “These awards are the result of hard work by our talented staff of journalists.”
Reporter Chelsea McDougall took second place in the Public Service category for her stories on alternative revenue bonds. News Editor Kevin Lyons captured second place in the Column or Blog category.
The editorial staff won third place in the General Excellence category, and reporter Joseph Bustos took third place in Enterprise Story for his project on video gaming. Photographer Sarah Nader and former photographer Monica Maschak also won third place awards.
Reporter Jeff Engelhardt won a second-place award in the Investigative Reporting category for a story at the Northwest Herald’s sister publication, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.