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    February 08, 2018

    State Bar Recognizes Journalists with Golden Gavel Awards

    FEB. 8, 2018

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


    State Bar Recognizes Journalists with Golden Gavel Awards

    Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin applauds the recipients of the 2017 Golden Gavel Awards for their important contributions to the public’s understanding of our system of law and justice.

    This year’s Golden Gavel Award winners are:

    Katherine Proctor, Coburn Dukehart and Dee J. Hall

    Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

    for “Flawed FBI Analysis Leads to Wrongful Convictions

    Eric Litke and Doug Schneider

    USA Today Network– Wisconsin

    for “DA Shortage a Public Safety Crisis?”

    Zac Schultz, Make Baron, James Parker and Jennifer Hadley

    Wisconsin Public Television

    for “The Supreme Court:  Why the Best Candidates Won’t Run

    Golden Gavel Certificates of Commendation are going to:

    Bill Lueders, Reporter

    Isthmus for “Remaking a Murderer

    Meghan Reistad, Reporter

    WMTV for “Janesville Mental Health Flagging System” series

    Alexandra Hall and Dee J. Hall, Reporters

    Wisconsin Public Radio/ Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for “Wisconsin/ US Used Flawed Hair Evidence to Convict Innocent People

    The winners in the Print Media/Newspaper/Photography Golden Gavel categories of the competition are being recognized at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s convention in Madison April 12–13. The winner of the Broadcast category will be presented at the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association Summer Conference in Milwaukee June 20–21.

    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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    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 25,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the value of lawyers. For more information, visit


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