SouthtownStar’s Kadner honored as journalist of the year
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org April 23, 2013 4:48PM
Updated: May 25, 2013 6:28AM
SouthtownStar columnist Phil Kadner has been named 2013 Illinois Journalist of the Year by the journalism faculty of Northern Illinois University and representatives of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.
Kadner was chosen because of his long-running column and his commitment to local reporting, said Craig Seymour, an associate professor of journalism at NIU.
Kadner will receive the award at the university’s annual journalism banquet Friday night in DeKalb.
Kadner, a graduate of NIU, said he is “humbled to be included on a list that represents many of the best reporters in this state’s history.”
The award has been presented since 1972. Previous winners have included Mike Royko, Walter Jacobson, Bill Kurtis, John Whiteside, Carol Marin, Clarence Page, Bob Greene, Phil Ponce, John Drury, Chuck Goudie and Olga Gize Carlile.
“The honor is for my body of work, which I see as an extension of the SouthtownStar’s long tradition of service to the Southland. A good newspaper is a good neighbor, giving a voice to those who would otherwise not be heard, providing information that helps people make important decisions and sometimes simply telling a good story that makes people laugh or cry,” Kadner said.
He said it’s been his “good fortune over many years to work with many reporters and editors who have helped me tell many stories about people in high public office, the homeless, and just ordinary folks struggling to make it through the day.”
Kadner joined the newspaper in 1975. He left briefly to work in public relations for Ingalls Hospital, but returned to the paper in 1977. He was editor of the paper’s city edition and editor of the editorial page before starting his column in 1985.
“I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to do something that I love,” Kadner said.