Raymond Clamage Memorial Award

in recognition of being the staff member who contributed the most to the progress and quality of The Daily Illini during the year.

Raymond Clamage served on the Daily Illini Staff from 1942-43 and was killed in action in World War II. The award was established by his family to honor his life.

Hannah Preston has left her mark on the Illini Media Company. She always walked into the office with her best foot forward, a smile on her face, and with her positive attitude. Hannah had various roles throughout her time at The Daily Illini, but she was always willing to help in any way she could with both big and small issues. Hannah is one of the kindest people that The Daily Illini has ever had, and because of her it is a better place.
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John C. Trebilcock Memorial Award

in recognition of the Best Piece of Investigative Reporting by a member of The Daily Illini staff during the year.

Professor Trebilcock was a member of the College of Journalism faculty teaching reporting and editing from 1948 until his death in 1955.

Sam worked tirelessly over the Summer 0f 2019 to follow the YingYing Zhang trial and case. Sam was constantly updating the website and social media as the trial and new information came out. Along with this, due to her great work, she was featured on a 20/20 episode. Sam was the news editor for the 2019-2020 school year and will continue to do her great work as managing editor for reporting during the 2020-2021 year.
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Jeff Ponczak Memorial Award

in recognition of being the member of The Daily Illini sports staff who has contributed the most to teamwork, the spirit of friendship, and an unabashed love of sports and fun, as well as quality in reporting sports at the paper during the year.

Jeff Ponczak served as a writer and editor on The Daily Illini sports staff from 1987-91. This award was established by Jeff’s friends and family in June 2008 to honor him and support future sports journalists after Jeff lost a long battle with congenital heart problems .

Meghan led the sports team as the Sports Editor for her final year with The Daily Illini. She created a fun and positive atmosphere for her team, often hosting various bonding activities for them. Meghan also worked incredibly hard to make sure everyone felt included, and spent extra time working with those who were newer to the world of sports. Meghan was always helping her staff out by writing pieces on top of her editor position. The sports section was very lucky to have Meghan as their editor.
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Brett H. Lerner Memorial Award

in recognition of being the staff member who contributed the most to the progress and quality of Illini Drive during the year.

Brett Lerner was a DI sports reporter and the co-host of WPGU’s Illini Drive. He was killed in a tragic car accident on his way to cover a sporting event in October, 2015. This award was established by Brett’s father in recognition of Brett’s dedication and contributions to WPGU and The Daily Illini. You can read more about Brett here.

Brendyn Jones is one of the most dedicated members of Illini Media Company. He works extremely hard at Illini Drive and on the stories he writes for The Daily Illini. Brendyn always had the most positive attitude and was always looking for ways to help others. He loves working on Illini Drive and he is able to bring his best foot forward with all the work he does. Brendyn’s personality shines through on the radio, and in his stories as well. He is always looking for ways to improve Illini Drive and The Daily Illini as a whole.
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Tom Thomas, Jr. Memorial Award

in recognition of being the member of the WPGU-FM 107.1 staff who made the greatest contribution to the quality and the betterment of the radio station during the year.

Tom Thomas, Jr. worked at WPGU from 1974-76, and in later years was one of Illini Media’s most active alumni. This award was established by his friends and family, in recognition of his dedication and contributions to WPGU and Illini Media after his sudden death in May of 2008.

Lucas played a crucial role in saving the station during the flood and multiple other times during technical emergencies. He is the one person – by far – that put in the most amount of work for the station. We will forever be impressed by his determination to improve WPGU in all of its departments, not just engineering.
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Gerald S. Cohen Memorial Award

in recognition of being the member of the business staff who made the greatest contribution to the betterment of The Daily Illini during the year.

Gerald S. Cohen worked on The Daily Illini business staff and this award was established by his parents after his untimely death in 1956 in memory of his contributions and dedication to The Daily Illini business staff.

Jacob is so talented that it is hard to put into words how much his contributions to the business side of operations this past year has positively impacted Illini Media. Jacob has a unique and vast array of skills and insight that not only constantly impressed us but clients and community partners as well. The work he was able to accomplish during his time will be valuable and instrumental in our success.
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