‘Trib’ Labor Writer, Weekly Publisher to Be Honored With Studs Terkel Award

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By: E&P Staff

Chicago Tribune labor writer Steve Franklin and Evanston (Ill.) Roundtable Publisher Mary Helt Gavin will be honored with the Studs Terkel Media Award for “excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities” at a banquet in March.

The award is presented annually by Community Media Workshop (CMA), a group that works to connect community groups with local news media. The award, CMA says, is meant to “highlight reporters who take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives on topics of general concern, from housing to neighborhood safety and beyond.” The award is meant to “reward a body of work rather than a single article or series, and go to journalists at any stage of their career,” the group said.

Gavin publisher of the weekly Roundtable in the close-in Chicago suburb told CMA the paper’s mission is “to search for truth and the finest chocolate.”

Tribune labor writer Franklin, CMA said, “finds sources in real life whose stories often echo in their detail and pathos the kind of stories (Charles) Dickens once told.”

Also being honored is Javier Salas, host of the morning drive-time radio show Un Nueva Dia on the Spanish-language radio station WRTO 1200 AM, La Tremenda, a Univision Radio Network outlet.

The three will be honored at a dinner March 28 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Information about the event is available on the CMA Web site.

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