The Daily Chronicle earned eight first-place awards, including four for photo editor Mark Busch, in the Illinois Press Association awards for work completed in 2019.
The full awards lists, along with sweepstakes and general excellence awards, will be announced and awarded at the IPA’s Awards Luncheon at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield on Oct. 23.
The Chronicle earned 27 awards total, including nine for Busch’s photojournalism.
Busch took first place in the online photo series category for his coverage of Northern Illinois University’s vigil to memorialize Clayton Parks and Trevor Wehner who were killed at a mass shooting at Henry Pratt Co., in Aurora Feb. 15, 2019.
Busch also took first in the portrait categories for wrestler of the year featuring DeKalb High School’s Blah Dahnweih and his portrait of Sycamore 4th Ward Alderman Virginia Sherrod. He also took first for his photo series on a memorial service held by DeKalb County law enforcement agencies to honor the 168 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.
Daily Chronicle reporter Kelsey Rettke took first place in the government beat reporting category for her coverage of disputes at city hall involving DeKalb City Clerk Lynn Fazekas. Rettke also received third place for the clerk series in the Freedom of Information Act award category.
Managing Editor Kevin Solari took first in the original column category.
The Chronicle also earned the top spot for newspaper design, and second for best daily website and single page design by copy editor Mike Solley.
Sports Editor Eddie Carifio earned first place in the special sections category for the Daily Chronicle and Shaw Media’s Friday Night Drive IHSA State Football Preview.
Busch earned five other awards, including a photo series on the First National Challenge football game, and two other sports categories, along with feature photos of Camp Power and winter weather.
Daily Chronicle staff also earned recognition for coverage of summer fires in DeKalb and Sycamore in the news reporting single story and series categories.
Sports reporter Kaleb Carter took second place for his story on DeKalb 428 Barb Olympics, and news reporter Matthew Wells took fourth in the obituary tribute category for his story on the death of former Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy.
Shaw Media’s Senior Production Editor Eric Olson also received recognition for his editorial work, including an editorial on tax increment financing.
Source: The Daily Chronicle