Daily Herald wins Lisagor Awards for COVID-19, tornado reporting and sports photography

The Daily Herald has won three Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, a prestigious honor bestowed by the Chicago Headline Club.

A team of writers and photographers won first place for timeline reporting in the annual competition. The newspaper’s COVID-19 reporting and sports photography were also recognized at an awards banquet Friday night at the Union League Club in Chicago.

“It’s always great to be recognized by your peers,” said editor Jim Baumann. “And I’m so proud of the people we have to deliver the news, whether it’s a major story that requires a lot of teamwork or covering an event for years, like the pandemic of COVID-19. And, of course, I’m still blown away by our photographs.”

The Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the National Society of Professional Journalists, named the awards in memory of Peter Lisagor, the former Chicago Daily News bureau chief and columnist in Washington.

Here are our winners:

Best delay ratio

• Katlyn Smith, Lauren Rohr, Scott Morgan, Jake Griffin, Marni Pyke, Russell Lissau, Paul Valade and Mark Welsh for “Aftermath of a tornado” on the tornado that hit the neighborhoods of Naperville and Woodridge in the middle of the night.

Best Sports Photo

• John Starks for “Made it, an image that captured a high school pole vaulter’s mid-air celebration.

Best Health or Science Feature on COVID-19

• Katlyn Smith for “Three Times Wasn’t Goodbye,” a story about a 25-year-old father who nearly died of COVID-19 three times.

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