Memorial Awards

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Memorial Awards 2017-10-23T18:57:04+00:00

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 stepped up in a big way. She became creative director as a freshman after only being a photo night editor. Every expectation was exceeded when she took on a tough role and had to learn a lot. She has become an easy person to go to when anyone needs creative help and has been a great person to have in the newsroom.

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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.

Michal published another amazing story with “Afraid of the unknown.” It touched on an important issue in sports: concussions. He took an angle that focused more specifically on women, who are too often overlooked in the realm of sports.

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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 .

Mike has put in a lot of extra work for the sports section. Whenever someone has needed him to step up in the section he has. His leadership and action are what defines the sports section.

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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.

Illini Drive moved to a new five day format that included a lot of change. Ryan has taken charge as the social media guy for half the week and has done it very well. He brings a great spirit and dedication to the show each and every day.

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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.

For the past two years as a manager, Alex has gone above and beyond in her commitment to the overall success of WPGU. In her multi-functional role as Associate Program Director, she taken on additional responsibilities not required of APD’s in the past, working closely with me to address general operational concerns of the radio station. She has worked tirelessly to facilitate a smooth transition to a new broadcasting system, and her initiative to reach out to local music venues and promoters has resulted in WPGU conducting dozens of artist interviews and promotions. Her consistent leadership has been vital to the achievement of WPGU, and she has set a strong example for the staff that she has supervised.

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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.

Nick’s professionalism, consistent hard work, and excellent customer service was unbeatable this past year. His enthusiasm and passion for sales, as well as for Illini Media, set a great example for everyone on the Illini Media Sales team.

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