** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2014 Mate E. Palmer Communications Awards

3rd Place, Books and Creative Writing, Young-Adult Nonfiction

“Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion” (Simon & Schuster)

** American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

2014 MORE (Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence) Award

Chicago Life: “Stunning Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery”

** American Society of Business Press Editors

2014 ASBEE Award of Excellence

National Bronze and Regional Silver

Category: Individual Profile–Short

Realtor Magazine: “Art of the Deal–Kathryn Townsend”

** Columbia College Presidential Grant to attend the Illinois “One State Together in the Arts” conference May 23-24, 2011

** National Federation of Press Women 2010 Communications Contest

1st Place, Special Articles–Fashion

Chicago Life: “Clearing Your Mask” and “Ring True”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2010 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

1st Place, Special Articles–Fashion

Chicago Life: “Clearing Your Mask” and “Ring True”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2010 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

2nd Place, Personality Profile more than 500 words

Chicago Architect: “Feats of Clay”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2010 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

2nd Place, Feature Story–Daily Newspaper

Chicago Tribune: “Living in the Past–Historic Condos Escape the Ordinary”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2010 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

Honorable Mention, Feature Story–Magazine

Engineering News-Record: “Construction Challenge Attracts Junior High and High School Teens to Industry’s Many Jobs”

** National Federation of Press Women 2009 Communications Contest

1st Place, Special Articles–Fashion

Chicago Life: “Gold Standard” and “Wrap Around”

** National Federation of Press Women 2009

Professional Development Grant

** 2008 Columbia College Chicago

Part-time Faculty Development Grant

** National Federation of Press Women 2008 Communications Contest

3rd Place, Special Articles–Fashion

Chicago Life: “Stranded” and “The Aviator”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2008 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

1st Place, Special Articles–Fashion

Chicago Life: “Stranded” and “The Aviator”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2008 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

2nd Place, Feature Story–Daily Newspaper

Chicago Tribune: “A Heavenly Home? Its definition sometimes depends on a buyer’s religion”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2008 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

Honorable Mention, Feature Story–Daily Newspaper

Chicago Tribune: “Condo Bud: Ombudsman, Mediator, Arbitrator, Educator–Does Illinois need someone to deal with condo disputes?”

** 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, 2008

Honorable Mention, Feature Articles Category

“Travelogue: Dnipro River Cruise in Ukraine”

** National Federation of Press Women 2007 Communications Contest

3rd Place, Feature Story–Daily Newspaper

Chicago Tribune: “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ire: Condo Associations Caught in the Cigarette Battle”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2007 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

1st Place, Feature Story–Daily Newspaper

Chicago Tribune: “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ire:  Condo Associations Caught in the Cigarette Battle”

** Illinois Woman’s Press Association

2007  Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

2nd Place, Feature Story–Daily Newspaper

Chicago Tribune: “Senior Service: Condo Associations are Adjusting to an Older Population, but what is their responsibility to residents?”

** National Association of Real Estate Editors

2001 Real Estate Journalism Competition

2nd Place, Best Column

Chicago Tribune: “Community Living”

** Community Associations Institute

1998-1999 Award of Excellence in Consumer Education

** National Association of Real Estate Editors

1996 Real Estate Journalism Competition

2nd Place, Best Serial Report

Chicago Tribune: “How Buying and Selling Real Estate Has Changed Over the Past Decade”

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