Cheryl Corley, Greg Kot win Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Awards

Cheryl Corley and Greg Kot

Cheryl Corley, Chicago-based correspondent for NPR, and Greg Kot, former music critic for the Chicago Tribune, have been named recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Chicago Headline Club.

The two will be honored at this year’s Peter Lisagor Awards virtual ceremony May 14. Presenting the awards will be Headline Club president Madhu Krishnamurthy and president-elect Amanda Vinicky.

Corley, who’s been a correspondent on the national desk of NPR for more than 25 years, previously was news director and City Hall reporter for Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM.

Kot, who accepted a buyout in 2020 after 40 years at the Tribune, now works as editorial director of The Coda Collection, a multimedia music site. He continues to co-host “Sound Opinions,” the syndicated rock and roll talk show, with Jim DeRogatis. DeRogatis was last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree along with writer, editor and educator Clarence Waldron.

Stacy St. Clair

Winner of this year’s Anne Keegan Award is Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair. Before joining the Tribune in 2007, St. Clair worked for the Daily Herald, the Dayton Daily News and the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Named for the late Chicago Tribune columnist, the Keegan Award was established in 2012 to recognize journalists “who tell stories of ordinary people in extraordinarily well-reported and well-written prose.”

Finalists for this year’s Peter Lisagor Awards have been posted on the Headline Club’s website. (Here is the link.) Winners will be announced at the club’s 100th anniversary celebration May 14.

Established in 1977, the awards for excellence in journalism in print, radio, television and digital media were named for the late Chicago Daily News Washington bureau chief.

Thursday’s comment of the day: Mark Edwards Edelstein: Congrats to Melissa [McGurren], who I had the great pleasure of working with many many years ago. She’s a good egg and will do tremendously in this new role. Hope she’s got the boots polished up, the giant belt buckle, and is ready to go get them starting on Monday.

A personal note: I’ll be on vacation and off the grid next week. See you back here May 18.