Louis B. “Studs” Terkel was not just a name to us, he was a mentor and a guiding star, from the founding of the organization in 1989, until he died in 2008.
Presented annually, the Studs Terkel Awards honor journalists whose work follows the values of Studs' journalism. As Studs said in 2007, the award is meant for journalists who go the extra mile in reporting news “from the people who made Chicago, news that’s bottom up rather than up, down. … That’s what this is all about.”
These reporters, editors, producers, videographers and photographers take risks in covering social issues by offering new or unusual perspectives, from housing to race to violence to health to education and beyond.
The awards are given for a body of work rather than a single article or series, and go to journalists at any stage of their career.
THE UPLIFTING VOICES AWARD
The Uplifting Voices Award is presented to a person - journalist or otherwise - who elevates the voices of people in communities in their work.
On award night, we also recognize a promising student journalist at Columbia College Chicago, home to Public Narrative. Former recipients have been writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists and poets.