Judge's comments:

Peter Lisagor Award, 2001  (Chicago Headline Club)

Daily newspaper (circulation less than 300,000)

Award: Alice Hohl, Daily Southtown, "A Stranger at the Door"

Comments: A gripping story with solid reporting and compelling narrative. And an impressive balance of all without sacrificing one for the other. I also appreciated the editing, and the selection of what to include and what to leave out. Once I started reading, I was hooked. I can only imagine how readers anticipated the next segment. I didn't read the editor's comments until after I made my selection. I was even more impressed that this project was sandwiched in among regular duties.