Urban Milwaukee Wins 7 Press Club Awards
6th straight year the publication is honored by state-wide journalism contest.
Urban Milwaukee won seven awards in the state-wide journalism awards for 2017 presented by the Milwaukee Press Club on Friday.
The online daily won the bronze award for “Best Local News or Feature Website,” and its writers won six other awards.
Theater, opera and movie critic Dominique Paul Noth won the gold award for “Best Critical Review” for the second straight year, for his review of the movie, Florence Foster Jenkins. Noth also won the bronze award for “Best Soft Feature” award for his story, “Remembering Barbara Cook.”
Veteran writer Michael Horne won the bronze award for “Best Blog” for his Bar Exam column and the bronze for “Best Online Column” for House Confidential. Horne and Murphy together won two of the three awards for “Best Online Column.”
Murphy has won 15 Press Club awards in the last 12 years, and Noth has won three times for Best Critical Review in the last four years, while Horne has now won four awards since 2014.
Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest, continuously operating press club in North America. This year’s event was held at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee and was a sellout.
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey were winners of the Press Club’s annual Sacred Cat award, for their work exposing the decades of sexual harassment and sexual abuse by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The award was a kind of homecoming for Twohey, who got her start with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and she fondly remembered those days in a speech that also detailed how Kantor and her did the reporting for their bombshell stories.
The Headliner Awards were given to two Milwaukee developers, long-time city insider Gary Grunau, and “real estate disrupter” Juli Kaufmann, as she has been described, for her development projects blending business with social equity and environmental concerns.
Grunau talked about his work with former Mayor John Norquist on two game-changing projects: the Milwaukee Riverwalk and the downtown convention center. Kaufmann centered her speech on her current project, the Sherman Phoenix, to illustrate the need for projects that address city problems like poverty and segregation.
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