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CHICAGO JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
October 17, 2014 Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Sarah Brown Boyden Awards will be presented to Chicago's finest, including special awards to Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Michael Phillips (Daniel Pearl Award) Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz (Chicago Journalist of the Year) and financial columnist Terry Savage (Lifetime Achievement.)
Tickets: $65 (CJA senior members), $99 (professional journalists), $110 (non-journalists), $1,000 (tables of 8), $1,200 (tables of 10).
For further information call CJA Hotline: (312) 458-9792.
Left to right: Michael Phillips, Greg Hinz, Terry Savage
Margaret S. Herguth 1934-2014
Author, journalist and veteran CJA member
Writing was what Margaret S. Herguth loved best. She spent her life producing short stories, children’s books and free-lance travel articles for newspapers. She was the wife of retired Sun-Times columnist Bob Herguth, both long-standing members of our Chicago Journalists Association.
Mrs. Herguth, 79, died recently at the Bethany Terrace nursing home in Morton Grove. She was diagnosed last year with Alzheimer’s and dementia and broke her hip in a December fall, according to her son, Robert. She was a resident of Wilmette before moving to a retirement home in Glenview last year.
She was born in Lansing, Michigan and graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka and received her bachelor’s degree from Milwaukee’s Mount Mary College where she was editor of the school newspaper. She is also recipient of a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Mrs. Herguth joined the staff of the Chicago Daily News as a writer and assistant editor of its weekly Chicago Life, remaining there until the newspaper discontinued the magazine in 1963. She worked briefly at the Arthritis Foundation’s Chicago chapter before taking a job with the weekly Hollister newspaper chain in the northern suburbs.
She later contributed freelance articles to the Sun-Times and wrote a children’s book about North Dakota. Many of the published 28,000 copies can be found in our nation’s libraries. She was a member of the Off Campus Writers’ Workshop for more than 20 years and with her daughter, Jennifer Sellers, published a children’s book titled “How Do You Hug a Giraffe?”
Mrs. Herguth is survived by her husband and another daughter, Amy DeMarte, and eight grandchildren.
Ann Gerber receives ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at CJA’s 74th Annual Award Dinner
By Allen Rafalson
You might say it was a picture-perfect evening as our Chicago Jounalists Association honored recently released Chicago Sun-Times photojournalists and Ann Gerber, perhaps the nation’s longest-running newspaper columnist. The presentations took place at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza on Sept.27,2013.
More than 100 guests attended the event, which moved swiftly as Holy Name Cathedral Deacon Michael McCloskey gave the invocation and entertainer Ellen Balmadrid sang our national anthem. They were immediately followed by presentations to winners of the Sarah Brown Boyden competition. Eleven of the 14 awards went to Sun-Times journalists, while the remaining three were claimed by the Chicago Tribune. Sun-Times staffers Frank Main, Kim Janssen and Dan Mihalopoulos shared the $500 “Best of Best” honor for their Chicago Under Fire series.
Left to right: Ann Gerber, Sun-Times photgraphers, Emcee Dave Plier hosts the CJA Awards Dinner
DePaul University sophomore Gabriella Mikiewicz was recipient of our $1,250 scholarship presented by CJA Charitable Fund president Karen Petitte. The award goes every year to either a high school or college student seeking a journalism career. It was a solemn moment as emcee David Plier paid tribute to journalists who lost their lives covering stories in 2013. VanderCook College of Music student followed with the playing of Amazin’ Grace.
No doubt, the highlight of the evening belonged to the photojournalists and Gerber. In his commentary, CJA President Allen Rafalson expressed his gratitude to former Sun-Times video reporter Jon Sall for his assistance in the ceremony attended by 15 of the 29 photographers.
Each received a Chicago Journalist of the Year Award. “This award is our tribute to these men and women for their exemplary and memorable documentation of Chicago’s stories throughout the decades,” Rafalson said. Sall thanked CJA for the recognition. He said it brings final closure for us.
It was evident that Gerber had her fans. Approximately 40 men and women watched as she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She started writing her column in 1950 for the Lerner Homes Newspapers, which originally consisted of 54 weekly and semi-weekly newspapers. Ten years later, she was writing a society gossip column for Skyline, the company’s newest weekly covering the city’s Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, the Loop and Near North Side neighborhoods. She’s been a fixture ever since.
“She has written about Chicago’s diverse community of celebrities and politicians and never been afraid to express an opinion” Rafalson said. “She is a complete journalist whose recognition has been long overdue.”