Four Chicago journalists win 2022 Studs Terkel Awards

Bob Black

Trailblazing photojournalist Bob Black, who was first African-American photographer hired at the Chicago Sun-Times, has been named one of four winners of the 27th annual Studs Terkel Community Media Awards.

Black, 82, who began his career at the Chicago Defender, retired from the Sun-Times after 38 years in 2006.

Also announced as 2022 Studs Terkel Award winners Thursday were journalists for three nonprofit news organizations in Chicago: Maya Dukmasova, senior reporter at Injustice Watch; Jacqueline Serrato, editor-in-chief of South Side Weekly; and Maria Ines Zamudio, immigration reporter for Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM.

Studs Terkel

Named for the late Chicago author and broadcaster, the prestigious awards recognize excellence in coverage of Chicago’s diverse communities and demonstrate authentic storytelling in the spirit of Terkel’s gift for elevating people’s voices above power.

All four recipients will be honored May 12 in a Zoom ceremony, hosted by the nonprofit Public Narrative. (Here is the link to register.)

The organization also announced winners of two additional awards: Chicago urban historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas will receive the group’s 2022 Uplifting Voices Award, and author, educator and public historian Michelle Duster will receive the 2022 Ripple Effect Award.