Windy City Times writer nominated for prestigious Lisagor award

Mon. March 30, 2015 7:48 AM by News Staff

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Chicago, IL - The annual Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Award finalists have been announced and Windy City Times writer Gretchen Rachel Hammond was nominated in the category of non-daily, best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper. 

Hammond is the author of a series on transgender women targeted on Chicago's West Side, beginning with A tale of two murders: Connected or not, published on September 9, 2014. (Begin the series at the link:

Also nominated in the category are Larry Gavin of the Evanston RoundTable for "Evanston cradle to career series" and "Evanston School District 65 teacher appraisal system for student growth."

The winners of the 38th annual awards will be announced Friday, May 8. A wide range of Chicago-area online, print and broadcast media are finalists again this year.

Last year, Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Headline Club. Baim also received a Lisagor Award for her 2013 editorials about marriage equality in Illinois.

Windy City Times, now in its 30th year of publishing, is Chicago's only remaining LGBT newsweekly.

The Chicago Headline Club is the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country.