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    State Bar Recognizes Journalists with Golden Gavel Award

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    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.

    Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin applauds the recipients of the 2013 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’sconvention in Waukesha on Friday, February 28.

    This year’s Golden Gavel Print Media/Newspaper winners are Kristen Zambo and Stephanie Jones of the Racine Journal Times for their series of stories covering the Curt Johnson Case; Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press-Gazette for his article, Abuse victims need safety plan; and Shereen Siewert of the Wausau Daily Herald for her article, In OWI homicide, 'there can't be any winners.'

    “Reporting these stories in an accurate and compelling way is crucial to ensuring the public truly understands the justice system, and appreciates our system of law,” said Attorney Megan McDermott, co-chair of the State Bar’s Media Law Subcommittee. “We thank these journalists for a job well done.”

     Golden Gavel Certificates of Commendation are going to:

    ·         Trista Pruett, Reporter/Beaver Dam Citizen
    Authorities not concerned about OWI decision

    ·         Dee J. Hall, Reporter/Wisconsin State Journal
    Bill seeks to reign in judges

    ·         Kristen Zambo, Reporter/Racine Journal Times
    Waiting in Jail

    ·         Bob Zientara, Editor/Barron County News-Review
    Court Limits OWI Blood Draw

    ·         David Timmerman, Editor/Grant County Herald Independent
    Judge Shows Court to Youth

    ·         Todd Richmond, Reporter/Associated Press
              Wisconsin: Couple who prayed as daughter lay dying challenge homicide convictions

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