Milwaukee Magazine Wins 7 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze at Milwaukee Press Club Awards

See all of Milwaukee Magazine’s winners from the 2015 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards.

2015 coversThe Milwaukee Press Club’s Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards were handed out on Friday, May 13, at the Gridiron Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Magazine received seven gold awards, including team awards for Best Overall Design (Magazine) and Best Local News or Feature Website.

Milwaukee Magazine led all media outlets with 12 total awards in the competition.

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

Best Overall Design (Magazine)

Kathryn Lavey
Adam Ryan Morris
Krista Schmidt
Rachel Stinebring
Milwaukee Magazine

Best Local News or Feature Website

The Staff of Milwaukee Magazine

Best Long Feature Story

Barbara J. Miner
A Dream Deferred

Howie Magner
Profiles in Courage

Howie Magner
The Long Walk Home

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 Single Story or Feature Design

Kathryn Lavey
In a Flash

Rachel Stinebring
Bread Winners

Best Sports Story

Rich Rovito
The Demise of Bowling

Best Short Feature Story

Matt Hrodey
Dark Side

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

The Sacred Cat Award, which recognizes professional achievements on the national level, went 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, went 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.