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Congratulations to NLGJA Honorees
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/25/14
Last updated on: 07/25/14
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Tracy Baim.
On July 23, 2014, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announced that Tracy Baim, Lisa Keen, and Donna Cartwright will be inducted into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame. In addition, BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner will be honored as Journalist of the Year and the Huffington Post's Lila Shapiro will receive the Sarah Pettit Memorial LGBT Journalist of the Year Award. Awards for excellence will be presented in various media categories. The honors and awards will be presented at the association's annual meeting in August.

The LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame was established in 2005, when it honored seven pioneering journalists. Since then, NLGJA has inducted a total of 25 outstanding journalists.

"This year's selections are deeply rewarding," said Bob Witeck, Chair of the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame Task Force. "All three share lifelong habits reporting our stories through solid journalism while inspiring us with their dedication to truth."

Tracy Baim began her career at Gay Life in 1984, a month after graduating from Drake University. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines in 1987. Lambda Publications, the parent company of Outlines, bought Windy City Times in 2000 and merged the two publications under the umbrella Windy City Media Group.

For over three decades Baim has earned national accolades as a writer, editor, publisher, author, and filmmaker. In 2012, she edited and co-authored Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Top 10 selection from the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association. Earlier this year, Baim was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in America.

Lisa Keen has been reporting news for glbtq audiences for over 35 years and is frequently considered the dean of gay political reporting in America. She served as the top editor of The Washington Blade for 18 years. She was one of the first two reporters for a gay newspaper to be credentialed to cover the White House and Congress; she has covered U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1985; and she is one of only a few reporters to analyze gay voting trends in presidential elections.

Keen won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for her coverage of an anti-gay initiative in Colorado and the subsequent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Romer v. Evans, as well as a Society of Professional Journalists award for her series of interviews with one of the first gay men to develop AIDS in the early 1980s.

Keen has written for the Washington Post, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, and the Boston Globe. She is co-author of Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial (2000). Following the sale of the Blade in 2001, she began freelance work for LGBT news organizations around the country, specializing in national legal and political news, through Keen News Service.

Donna Cartwright was a highly respected copy editor for the New York Times for three decades, and served as an officer of The Newspaper Guild before retiring from the Times in 2006. She has been a longtime transgender, LGBT, and labor activist.

Cartwright is believed to be the first Times staffer to publicly disclose her status as a transgender person. She has served as co-president of Pride at Work, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituency group of the labor movement, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Maryland State and D.C. A.F.L.-C.I.O. She was a co-founder of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Gender Rights Maryland.

Also announced on July 23 were NLGJA's 2014 Excellence in Journalism Award Winners.

The NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize, and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community. In addition to special recognition awards, awards are presented for excellence in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing, blogging, local television, radio, online, HIV/AIDS coverage, and student journalism.

The 2014 NLGJA Journalist of the Year is Chris Geidner, senior legal and political reporter for BuzzFeed. "Geidner wrote pieces that soared above policy and law, bringing us Edie and Thea, and how their story wove into a decades-long civil rights struggle," wrote one judge.

The 2014 Sarah Pettit LGBT Journalist of the Year Award is Lila Shapiro, reporter for the Huffington Post. A judge praised Shapiro for "a beautifully executed body of work. In the case of the conversion therapy and the gay bar stories, this contestant shows us how social and governmental power brokers work to undermine our community."

The announcement of other special recognitions and awards for excellence in various news media and platforms may be found here.

The awards will be presented August 23 during the NLGJA Awards Reception at Breaking Barriers, the 2014 NLGJA National Convention and 10th Annual LGBT Media Summit.

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators, and students who work within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of glbtq issues and to oppose all forms of workplace bias. For more information, visit the organization's website.

In the video below, LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Baim discusses Chicago gay neighborhoods.

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