Studs Terkel’s community-driven stories and natural ability to give a voice to us all, no matter what side of the tracks we lived on, made him one of Chicago’s most iconic journalists. An eclectic disk jockey he was, as any listener to his weekday morning program on WFMT could attest. A man of many hats, Studs’ diverse life included careers for the FBI, on the theatre stage and in TV, radio and of course, Pulitzer prize-winning author.

His style and rich legacy inspired Community Media Workshop to offer an annual award. The Studs Terkel Community Media Award honors outstanding media makers who cover Chicago’s diverse communities. In an age when news coverage focuses more on celebrity gossip and less on info citizens need to make good decisions, this award is more timely than ever.

One past winner whom I never got on this show, is like Studs, a renaissance woman of communications: Carol Marin.

Carol began her illustrious career in Knoxville, Tennessee as a morning talk show host. In the late seventies, she joined WMAQ’s news team. The high quality of her work has garnered her rave reviews and awards, including an Emmy, the Peabody, the Peter Lisagor and most recently the Union League Club's Distinguished Writers Award. In 2002, she and producer Don Mosley formed Marin Corp Productions. An independent documentary company that has produced hour-long programs for CNN Presents and New York Times/Discovery. Carol is also a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and an contributor to WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”.

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