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Telander, Ebert among Sun-Times winners of Chicago journalism awards

Updated: November 8, 2012 11:55AM

Rick Telander and Roger Ebert were among 13 Chicago Sun-Times reporters, columnists and editorial writers honored by the Chicago Journalists Association on Friday night for work deemed the best in the business in the city and suburbs over the past year.

Work published by the Sun-Times in print and online took seven of the 11 prizes the organization handed out for its 73rd annual Sarah Brown Boyden Awards at a dinner at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. The prizes were for breaking news coverage, sportswriting, business reporting, blogging, online reporting and editorial writing and commentary:

Ebert, who was cited for producing the best blog. Best known for his movie criticism, Ebert was honored for a selection of 10 essays taken from “Roger Ebert’s Journal” — at — which the judges, from the faculty of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, called an “engaging, thoughtful, personal, wide-ranging, eminently readable blog.”

Telander, best in the sportswriting category, honored for “Murray Park: Can Heaven Still Be Found on a Playground?” The series of columns told the story of Englewood and the neighborhood park where future Bulls star Derrick Rose developed his basketball skills. Read the series at online.

Natasha Korecki, Lauren FitzPatrick and Abdon M. Pallasch. cited in the breaking news reporting category for fast, thorough, authoritative coverage, in print and online, of the sentencing of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Art Golab and Kim Janssen, tops in business reporting, for a computer analysis of all reported power outages in the six-county Chicago area in one year, which you can read at It compared Commonwealth Edison’s day-to-day reliability and showed which suburbs had to wait longest to get power restored.

Dave Hoekstra and Jon Sall, cited for best in online journalism for a story and video — which you can see online at — about Out of the Past Records, a West Side store with nearly a million records, CDs and other recordings.

The editorial page staff of Tom McNamee, Kate N. Grossman and Tom Frisbie, recognized for editorials that the judges said “illustrate sound thinking on a range of subjects.”

John W. Fountain, best in commentary for a selection of 10 columns, whose writing was lauded as “crisp and compelling.” You can find his columns at online .

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