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    February 08, 2017

    State Bar Recognizes Journalists with Golden Gavel Award

    FEB 8, 2017

    Kristen Durst
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (608) 250-6025
    (608) 630-0432 (cell)


    Madison, WI - The State Bar of Wisconsin applauds the recipients of the 2016 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

    USA Today Wisconsin- Post Crescent

    for “What’s the Price of Justice”


    Andrew LaCombe


    for Daily Fantasy Sports Sites

    Jamie Taylor

    The Northwoods River News

    for the Wolf Trial Series

    Gregory Shaver

    The Journal Times

    for photography for 40 Years for Murder

    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 hjournalists for a job well done."

    Golden Gavel Certificates of Commendation are going to:


    Sari Lesk, Pete Wasson, and Lauren French

    USA Today Network- Stevens Point Journal

    for “Marijuana Decriminalization Spreads Across Wisconsin”


    Jamie Taylor

    The Northwoods River News

    for Long Serving Prosecutor Set to Step Away


    The winners in the Print Media/Newspaper/Photography categories of the competition are being recognized at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s convention in Madison Thursday, Feb. 23.  The winner of the Broadcast category will be presented at the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association Convention on June 15.


    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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