Daily Cardinal wins 12 Milwaukee Press Club awards, including three for investigative reporting


The Daily Cardinal has received 12 awards in the Milwaukee Press Club’s Wisconsin Journalism Excellence Competitionincluding four gold medals and three awards in the Best Investigative Reporting category.

Members of the Daily Cardinal attended the Gridiron Awards Dinner at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee on Friday to receive the newspaper’s awards.

The Milwaukee Press Club also paid tribute to former Wisconsin Governor and University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson and CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju. The students had the opportunity to meet Thompson and Raju before dinner.

The Daily Cardinal is honored to receive the following awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

Will Cioci received the Gold Award for Best Printed Pandemic Story. Through texts and photos, Cioci reported on the emotions and experiences of freshmen whose final years of high school were “turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Samantha Henschel received the Bronze Award for Best Reporting. Henschel reported an online scam after the ticketing process for University of Wisconsin-Madison football games went digital.

In the audio category, Hope Karnopp received the Gold Award for best single or ongoing report for a Cardinal Call episode which featured Henschel’s story. The segment aired on WORT-FM.

Kalli Anderson received the Bronze Award for Best Fiction Feature. Anderson reported the story of former Badger football player Daniel Howell Jr.who works at Porchlight, Inc. and returned to UW-Madison to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Amelia Zollner received the Bronze Award for Best Fiction Short Film. Zollner reported on Unmask UWan organization that formed to challenge the mandate of the campus mask.

In the online-only category, Sophia Vento and Lekha Kachoria received the Bronze Award for best reporting. Vento and Kachoria reported on an event with Senator Ted Cruz in which the organizers left campus due to UW-Madison’s mask policy.

The Daily Cardinal took home all three accolades in the Best Investigative Reporting category.

Cailyn Schiltz and Natalie Zientek received the Gold Award. They reported on how UW-Madison’s admissions processes and decisions endanger victims of sexual assault.

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Cailyn Schiltz also received the Silver Award. Schiltz reported on the unsafe conditions many student tenants experience in Madison’s competitive and expensive apartment market.

Addison Lathers received the bronze award. Lathers explained why Lakeshore Path, sometimes referred to as ‘Rapeshore Path’, is not lit when many students feel unsafe using it at night.

In the Visual Journalism category, Taylor Wolfram received the Gold Award for Best Cinematography/Photo. Wolfram captured the moments after the Badgers clinched the NCAA Volleyball Championship title.

In the audio category, members of The Student Dive podcast received the Bronze Award. Honor Durham, Gaby Vinick, Cole Wozniak and Julia Wiessing were honored for their first of three episodes featuring stories from the Fall Semester Action Project, which explored student housing decisions.

Finally, The Daily Cardinal Staff received the Silver Award for Best Website Design. The Daily Cardinal has been redesigned website released last spring.

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