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The Recombobulation Area Wins Gold at Milwaukee Press Club Awards
The “Expanding the Divide” series won three awards, including one gold.
The Recombobulation Area is a six-time Milwaukee Press Club award-winning weekly opinion column and online publication written and published by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.
The Recombobulation Area is the winner of three 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards, including the publication’s first gold award.
In the overall writing category for “Best Multi-Story Coverage of a Single Feature Topic or Event,” The Recombobulation Area’s “Expanding the Divide” series was honored with the gold award.
“Expanding the Divide” is a multi-part series on the proposed expansion of the East-West corridor of Interstate 94 in Milwaukee. The full series is available for free here.
The Recombobulation Area also won two bronze awards. The “Expanding the Divide” series was honored with “Best Public Service Story or Series” in the online category, and the column “Tear Down the Stadium Freeway in Milwaukee” was honored in the writing category for “Best Single Editorial, Statement of Editorial Position or Opinion.”
The 2021 Milwaukee Press Club awards event was held Friday, May 6, in Milwaukee. At the event, Manu Raju, CNN chief congressional correspondent, received the Sacred Cat Award, recognizing journalism achievement at the national level, and Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin governor and UW System president, was honored with the Headliner Award. The Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America.
The full list of winners is available here.
In two years, The Recombobulation Area has won a total of six Milwaukee Press Club awards, including one gold, one silver and four bronze honors.
Dan Shafer, founder and columnist at The Recombobulation Area, has won a total of 13 Milwaukee Press awards since 2011, including three gold honors (2012, 2015, 2021) and three wins in the “Best Single Editorial” category (2015, 2020, 2021).
The Recombobulation Area is an independent publication based in Milwaukee. It is funded by reader subscriptions, publishing on Substack, where it was recently selected as a “Featured Publication.”
We want to thank our readers, subscribers and supporters who have helped make this happen, and extend a special thanks to the people who contribute behind the scenes to make this publication possible (you know who you are!).
Thank you, and let’s keep recombobulating.
Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The Daily Beast, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 13 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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