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    February 25, 2016

    State Bar Recognizes Journalists with Golden Gavel Award


    Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin applauds the recipients of the 2015 Golden Gavel Awards for their important contributions to the public’s understanding of our system of law and justice.

    This year’s Golden Gavel winners are:

    Shereen Siewert, Investigative Reporter
    John Ferak, Editor
    Gannett Wisconsin Media
    “Child Pornography: Not a Victimless Crime”

    Katie StenzFor more information contact Katie Stenz, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org kstenz wisbar wisbar kstenz org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.

    Dee J. Hall, Managing Editor
    Bill Lueders, Reporter
    Kate Golden, Multimedia Director
    Lauren Fuhrmann, Associate Director
    Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
    “Cruel and Unusual?”  

    “Journalists play a crucial role in helping the public understand the justice system and appreciate our system of law,” said Attorney Megan McDermott, co-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
    “Same-Sex Marriage Raises Dilemma for Clerks”

    Sari Lesk, Public Issues Investigator
    Peter Wasson, Editor

    Stevens Point Journal
    “State to Collect Thousands of DNA Samples under New Law”

    Robert Cloud, Editor

    Waupaca County Post
    “Murder Conviction Overturned”

    Alison Dirr, Reporter
    Mark Treinen, Executive Editor
    Robert Mentzer, Editor

    Wausau Daily Herald
    “Grown up Crime, but Juvenile Time?”

    Andrew LaCombe, Reporter
    Brian Kerhin, Assignment Manager

    WLUK-TV
    “The Facts on Wire Tapping” 

    The winners in the Print Media/Newspaper category of the competition are being recognized at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s convention in Madison today, Thursday, Feb. 25.

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




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