The Chicago Journalists Association would like to congratulate Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke as the winner of its first Dorothy Storck Award!
The new contest recognizes columnists and radio and TV commentators living and working in Illinois and northwest Indiana. Huppke was named the winner of the $1,000 prize at CJA’s 78th annual awards dinner last November. Fellow finalists Natasha Korecki (Politico) and Scott Jacobs (The Week Behind) tied for second place.
“This is a tremendous honor and, quite possibly, a mistake on the part of the judges,” Huppke later wrote on Twitter. “If you’ve never read the late Dorothy Storck’s work, look it up. She was a magnificent writer.”
The award is named after the former syndicated newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner who passed away in August 2015. Storck began her journalism career at the Chicago American, which later became known as Chicago Today. She ended her career at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was also a U.S. Air Force squadron commander and held the rank of Major before becoming a journalist. She was also a CJA member. Her family and fiancé, University of Illinois at Chicago political professor Dick Simpson, established this award in her honor.