Studs Terkel Awards ‘celebrate good journalism’

Maudlyne Ihejirika

Maudlyne Ihejirika

Four distinguished Chicago journalists encompassing print, broadcast and digital platforms this week were named recipients of 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards from the Community Media Workshop.

Cited for their work in covering Chicago’s diverse communities were: Maudlyne Ihejirika, urban affairs reporter and assistant city editor of the Sun-Times; Monica Eng, food policy, health and consumer producer/reporter for Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5; Sharon Cohen, Chicago-based national writer for the Associated Press; and Darryl Holliday, general assignment reporter/producer at DNAinfo Chicago and founder of The Illustrated Press.

Monica Eng

Monica Eng

All four will be honored March 12 at the Community Media Workshop’s 26th annual fundraising gala at FilmRow Cinema at Columbia College, 1104 South Wabash Avenue. Tickets are available online at communitymediaworkshop.org. The Studs Terkel Awards are named for the late Chicago author and broadcaster who was the guiding spirit of the nonprofit organization since its founding in 1989.

Darryl Holliday

Darryl Holliday

“It’s an honor to be able to celebrate good journalism, while holding an event that helps support us all year round,” said Susy Schultz, president of Community Media Workshop. “I’m excited about this year’s group and I’m excited about the work we are doing here.”

Also honored at the event with the 2015 Studs Terkel Uplifting Voices Award will be Adele Simmons, vice chair and senior executive of Metropolis Strategies and former president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Simmons will be cited for her efforts as a “supporter of innovative journalism and storytelling that lifts up community voices.”