CJA Awards Dinner 2015 Chicago Journalists Association director Stephanie Choporis (L) assists Gurnee Office Center owner Shirley Friedlander at the registration desk. The Rev. Peter Wojcik, of the Chicago Archdiocese, gave the invocation. Entertainer Ellen Balmadrid returned once again to sing national anthem. Political columnist Don Rose brought his friends to the dinner. His Blog won him an award. Former Sun-Times columnist and current WGN radio host Dave Hoekstra was the evening’s master of ceremonies. Lifetime Achievement recipient Bruce Dold is seen with members of his family He is Chicago Tribune editorial page editor.