Awards

Chicago Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2015: Founder and Publisher Linda Lenz

Studs Terkel Community Media Awards

  • 2016: Sarah Karp
  • 2011: Linda Lenz

 Education Writers Association

  • 2015: First place, magazines and weeklies, investigative reporting: “Dropouts in Chicago: How the city both helped them and ignored them,” by Sarah Karp and Becky Vevea
  • 2014: Second place, general news outlet, small staff, beat reporting: Melissa Sanchez
  • 2013: Second place, education-only news outlets, investigative reporting: “SUPES Academy,” by Sarah Karp.
  • 2011: First place, trade and special interest publications. “The right move?” by Sarah Karp; Second place, beat reporting, small print market. Early Childhood Education reporting, by Rebecca Harris
  • 2010: Second place, trade and special interest publications. “Renaissance 2010: Searching for equity,” by Sarah Karp
  • 2009: First place, trade and special interest publications. “Reaching Black Boys” by Sarah Karp and John Myers
  • 2008: Second place, trade and special interest publications. “The Class of 2011” by Sarah Karp and John Myers
  • 1996: First place, trade and special interest publications “Kids, Schools Suffer from Revolving Door” by Debra Williams

National Association of Black Journalists

  • 2013: Magazines under 1 million, single-topic series: “Ticket to Opportunity,” by Sarah Karp, Rebecca Harris and Lorraine Forte
  • 2009: Magazines under 1 million, single-topic series: “Reaching Black Boys” by Sarah Karp and John Myers
  • 2008: Magazines under 1 million, investigative: “Weighing the options” by John Myers and Sarah Karp

Society for Professional Journalists
National Sigma Delta Chi award for public service, newsletter

  • 2009: “Reaching Black Boys” by Sarah Karp and John Myers
  • 2004: “With Little Guidance, Students Drift Through and Out of School,” by Maureen Kelleher
  • 2001:Chicago Matters: Education Matters, seven reporters from Catalyst and The Chicago Reporter
  • 1998: School Reform: What Matters Most, an eight-part series on elementary schools.

Peter Lisagor Awards
Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago chapter

  • 2015: Nondaily | Best non-deadline reporting in a newspaper or magazine
    “Tracking 434 missing students after closing” by Sarah Karp
  • 2015: Specialty/Trade | Best in-depth report or series
    “New alternative schools: Questionable quality and numbers” by Sarah Karp and Becky Vevea
  • 2013: Specialty/Trade | Best commentary
    “Page 2 editorials” by Lorraine Forte
  • 2012: News column or commentary
    Page 2 editorials” by Lorraine Forte
  • 2011: Specialty/Trade | In-depth reporting
    “The Right Move?” by Sarah Karp
  • 2010: Specialty/Trade | In-depth reporting
    “Setting the agenda: Advice for the next mayor” by Sarah Karp, Lorraine Forte and Linda Lenz
  • 2009: Specialty/Trade | In-depth reporting
    “Reaching Black Boys” by Sarah Karp and John Myers
  • 2008: Specialty/Trade | Best in-depth report or series
    “The Class of 2011” by Sarah Karp and John Myers
  • 2005: Editorials
    “Game of chance would do a better job of distributing funds to schools,” by Veronica Anderson
  • 2001: Public Service
    “Chicago Matters: Education Matters,” staff of Catalyst and The Chicago Reporter
  • 2001: Editorials
    “Been there, done that, Mr. President,” by Linda Lenz
  • 2000: Online reporting
    “Student Retention,” by Dan Weissmann and Elizabeth Duffrin
  • 2000: Public Service
    10th Anniversary Issue: Highlights of a decade of school reform, Staff
  • 1999: Reporting
    “Finding and Keeping Teachers,”by Elizabeth Duffrin, Maureen Kelleher,Grant Pick
  • 1998: Design
    School Reform: What Matters Most
  • 1997: Best Newsletter
    “In addition to its fine journalism, Catalyst also serves as a calm but firm advocate for better education for all Chicago’s students. As a complete and professional package, this newsletter sits at the head of the class.”
  • 1997: Honorable Mention
    Online journalism
  • 1995: Reporting
    “Truant Officers Out, Truancy Up,” by Lorraine Forte and Debra Williams
  • 1993: Best Newsletter
    “A well-written, comprehensive newsletter that provides . . . not just local, but national and international education news. …”

Association for Women in Communications
Clarion Award for best magazine series

  • 2005: “School budget equity series,” by John Myers, Veronica Anderson and Mallika Ahluwalia

International Reading Association

  • 2003: Print Media Award, “Scaling the Reading Wall,” by Maureen Kelleher
  • 1997: Print Media Award, “Direct Instruction Making Waves” by Elizabeth Duffrin

Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism
Non-daily newspapers

  • 2013: Honorable mention, “Other Victims” by Sarah Karp, Rebecca Harris and Lorraine Forte
  • 2001:Chicago Matters: Education Matters, seven reporters from Catalyst and The Chicago Reporter

Investigative Reporters and Editors

  • 2010: Finalist, Magazine/Specialty Publication, “Renaissance 2010: Searching for Equity” Sarah Karp, Lorraine Forte
  • 2001: Finalist, Magazine/specialty publication “High School Choice” by Elizabeth Duffrin

Unity Awards in Media

  • 2001: Education, series “Chicago Matters: Education Matters,” seven reporters from Catalyst and The Chicago Reporter

Livingston Award A national award for journalists under 35

  • 1999: Finalist, Associate Editor Elizabeth Duffrin

Chicago Association of Black Journalists

  • 1998: Award of Excellence, Magazines School Reform: What Matters Most, an eight-part series on elementary schools.

Educational Press Association of America

Best Newsletter

  • 1993: “Good writing and editorial content. Good design. A strong voice and point of view in editorials. Taking on the tough issues. Cogent, assertive. Excellent reporting.”

Distinguished Achievement Awards

  • 1999 Design: School Reform: What Matters Most, an eight-part series
  • 1997 Series: Building Boom, by Dan Weissmann,Veronica Anderson and Rick Asa
  • 1996 Single-theme issue: “Suspension rates all over the map” by Catalyst staff
    News story:”Probation stuns schools that raised state test scores”by Debra Williams
    Profile:”What makes Vallas run?”by Grant Pick
    Photo:”Captivated” by John Booz
  • 1995 Single-theme issue: :The First Five Years of Reform”by Catalyst staff
    Series: “The School Chronicles” by Dan Weissmann
  • 1994 Single-theme issue: “Truant Officers Out, Truancy Up”by Lorraine Forte
  • 1993 Series: “The New Extended Family: Collaborating for Kids’ Sake”by Dan Weissmann and Michael Selinker
    Photo: “Dancing Anatomy” by John Booz
  • 1992 Departments: “Updates”

National Association of Secondary School Principals

  • 1993: Honorable Mention, “The New Extended Family: Collaborating for Kids’ Sake,” a series by Dan Weissmann and Michael Selinker

Chicago Women in Publishing Awards Competition

  • 1995: First Place, Individual Excellence in Editing (Linda Lenz)
    Honorable mention, Individual Excellence in Design (Diane Hutchinson)
  • 1991: First Place, Non-academic Periodicals