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    February 06, 2015

    State Bar Recognizes Journalists with Golden Gavel Award

    Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin applauds the recipients of the 2014 Golden Gavel Awards for their important contributions to the public’s understanding of our system of law and justice. The winners in the Print Media/Newspaper category of the competition are being recognized at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s convention in Waukesha on Friday, February 27.

    This year’s Golden Gavel Print Media/Newspaper winners are: 

    Samantha Hernandez, Reporter
    Door County Advocate
    Amending Justice Series

    Stephanie Jones, Reporter
    Cara Spoto, Reporter
    The Journal Times
    RICO and the bar owners’ lawsuit against the city

    Shereen Siewert, Investigative Reporter
    Wausau Daily Herald
    The meaning of life

    Andrea GageFor more information contact Attorney Andrea Gage, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org agage wisbar wisbar agage org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.

    “Journalists play a crucial role in helping the public understand the justice system and appreciate our system of law,” said Attorney Megan McDermott, chair of the State Bar’s Media Law Subcommittee. “Winners of the Gavel Award have exemplified excellence in reporting, by going beyond the headlines to thoroughly explain tough subjects to their readers in an accurate and compelling manner. On behalf of the legal profession, we thank these journalists for a job well done.”

    Golden Gavel Certificates of Commendation are going to:

    ​Edward Byrne, Reporter
    The Brillion News
    In Wisconsin, On Heroin Series

    Judith Davidoff, Editor
    He smoked some weed as a teenager. Now this Madison father of two is facing deportation

    Dee Hall, Reporter
    Wisconsin State Journal
    Pizer seeks pardon series

    Todd Richmond, Reporter
    Associated Press
    Admitting Privileges Lawsuit Series

    Shereen Siewert, Investigative Reporter
    Wausau Daily Herald
    Enslaved Series

    David Timmerman, Editor
    Grant County Herald Independent
    County to expand treatment court

    Kristen Zambo, Reporter
    The Journal Times
    Targeting Spanish speakers

    The State Bar of Wisconsin created the Golden Gavel Awards competition in 1985. Visit the State Bar’s Newsroom or email to learn more.​​

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