Milwaukee Magazine Wins 12 Milwaukee Press Club Awards

See all of our award-winners in the 86th Annual Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism competition.

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Milwaukee Magazine is the winner of 12 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards. The winners will know whether the award is a gold, silver or bronze at the May 13 Gridiron Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Magazine leads all media outlets with 12 awards in this year’s competition.

See the full list of finalists here, and see all of our winners below.

Best Long Feature Story

Howie Magner
Profiles in Courage

Barbara J. Miner
A Dream Deferred

Howie Magner
The Long Walk Home

Best Short Feature Story

Matt Hrodey
Dark Side

Best Sports Story

Rich Rovito
The Demise of Bowling

Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion

Daniel Shafer
The Bucks Arena and the Big Question

Best Explanatory Story or Series

Corrinne Hess
A City’s Tragedy

Best Photo Essay or Series

Sara Stathas
Into the Woods

Best Overall Design (Magazine)

Kathryn Lavey
Adam Ryan Morris
Krista Schmidt
Rachel Stinebring
Milwaukee Magazine

Best Single Story or Feature Design

Kathryn Lavey
In a Flash

Rachel Stinebring
Bread Winners

Best Local News or Feature Website

The Staff of Milwaukee Magazine


Other honors at this year’s Gridiron Awards Dinner include:

The Sacred Cat Award, which recognizes professional achievements on the national level, will go to Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, who was recently portrayed in the Academy Award-winning Spotlight.

Headliner Awards, which award those making a positive difference in Wisconsin, will go to Ted Kellner, executive chairman of Fiduciary Management, Inc., and Hannah Rosenthal, president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

This year’s contest garnered more than 500 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate divisions. The competition was judged by 25 professional journalists and press clubs from throughout the U.S., including Alaska, Arizona, Florida, and Michigan and in Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Diego and Syracuse.

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Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.