2 top national journalism honors awarded to Sun-Times staffers

Top reporting honors in the National Headliner Awards went to a team for news coverage of the mass shooting at last year’s Highland Park Fourth of July parade and to Neil Steinberg for best local columns for a second straight year.

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empty chairs after crowd ran from gunshots in Highland Park, Illinois

Image from award winning Sun-Times story “Horror on the Fourth.” Terrified parade goers fled Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade after shots were fired, leaving behind their belongings as they sought safety.

Lynn Sweet / Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times staff members have won two top prizes in the National Headliner Awards, which “honor the best journalism in the United States.”

The awards, announced Wednesday, went to:

• Lynn Sweet, Elvia Malagón, Sophie Sherry, Paul Saltzman and Manny Ramos, first place for breaking news in daily newspapers, for coverage of the mass shooting at last year’s Highland Park Fourth of July parade. The contest judges called the coverage online and via social media “remarkable.” They said Sweet, the Sun-Times’ Washington bureau chief, who was at the parade as a spectator, “should be singled out for showing reporters how street reporting is done.”

• Neil Steinberg, first place for local interest column on a variety of subjects, for a selection of three columns. It’s the second year in a row Steinberg has won the honor. The judges called his work “delicate, spare, relatable” and said his “voice stands out, focusing on everyday events and people and making sense of what might otherwise have been mundane or forgettable.”

Also honored were:

The National Headliner Awards are given by the Press Club of Atlantic City, which describes the competition as “one of the oldest and largest annual contests in the country recognizing journalistic merit.”

National Headliner Awards winning work May 10, 2023

Read the award-winning work

These are the Chicago Sun-Times stories and columns that won National Headliner Awards:

Lynn Sweet, Elvia Malagón, Sophie Sherry, Manny Ramos and Paul Saltzman, breaking news

Neil Steinberg, local interest column

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