Chicago Sun-Times journalism wins 7 top honors from Chicago Headline Club

The Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism given by the Chicago affiliate of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized a wide range of work.

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The front page from one of the winning works: a Sun-Times collaboration with WBEZ and NPR on handguns being easily and cheaply converted into high-capacity machine guns in Chicago and elsewhere.

The front page from one of the winning works: a Sun-Times collaboration with WBEZ and NPR on handguns being easily and cheaply converted into high-capacity machine guns in Chicago and elsewhere.

Chicago Sun-Times staff members were recognized with seven top honors in the Chicago Headline Club’s yearly Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism.

The Headline Club — an affiliate of the national Society of Professional Journalists — presented the awards, which are named for the onetime Washington bureau chief of the old Chicago Daily News, at a dinner Friday at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The winning Sun-Times entries, for work published in 2022:

• Best multimedia collaboration: Frank Main, Tom Schuba, Stephanie Zimmermann, Chip Mitchell, Cheryl W. Thompson, Charmaine Runes and Matt Kiefer, a Sun-Times/WBEZ/NPR collaboration, “Handguns easily turned into high-capacity machine guns fuel growing violence.”

Best column or editorial from a large print / online publication: John W. Fountain, a selection of columns.

• Best headline from a large print / online publication: Neil Steinberg, “Nothing lasts forever — but manhole covers come close.”

• Best reporting on crime and justice: Tim Novak, Frank Main, Sophie Sherry, “Police shut down some businesses over violence, go easy on clout-heavy bars.”

• Best political and government reporting: Tim Novak, Frank Main, Sophie Sherry, “Police shut down some businesses over violence, go easy on clout-heavy bars.”

• Best deadline reporting: Lynn Sweet, Elvia Malagón, Sophie Sherry, Paul Saltzman, Manny Ramos, “Horror on the Fourth.”

• Best community reporting: Elvia Malagón, Pat Nabong, “In Rogers Park, glimpses of a neighborhood that reflects Chicago’s diversity more than any other.”

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