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List of Awards
2017 Illinois Press Association Award, "Best Investigative Series," for "What's In Your Water?"

Three 2017 Illinois Press Association Awards

2016 McLean County YWCA Woman of Distinction Award

2016 Association of Women in Communications Award

2015 Edward R. Murrow Award, Best Investigative Series, Radio, for "Police and Race in the Twin Cities"

Five 2015 Illinois Press Association Awards

2015 Jesuit Honor Society Induction

2014 Religion Newswriters Association, Second Place, Non-Fiction Religion Book of the Year, for "Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith"

2014 Catholic Press Association First Place Award, "Best Spirituality Book in Paperback" for "Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and a Living Faith."

2014 Catholic Press Association Award, Second Place, "Best Spirituality Book in Paperback," for "The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed."

2008, Muriel Craft Bailey Finalist:
"Mother of God Monastery, Watertown, South Dakota." (Poem).

2005  Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Award: "Inventing an Alphabet" (Poem).

Best Catholic Writing of 2004
-National Catholic Reporter

2004 National Aldrich Poetry Prize:
"Inventing an Alphabet" (Book), awarded by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mary Oliver.

2004 Unity Award in Media“Misericordia” (Feature Film).


In February, Judith and her staff at WGLT Public Radio won two Associated Press of Illinois, 1st Place Awards in 
Best Newswriter and 
Best Series or Documentary.

Also, three 2nd Place Awards in 
Best Investigative Feature,
Best Hard News Feature and 
Best Use of Sound.

2003 Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award"Green" (poem).

2002 Certificate for Creative Excellence: “Deaf Mass.” (Televised Report).

 2001 Silver Screen Award: “Rural Churches“ (Televised Report).

Finalist, 2004 Emily Dickinson Prize

2008 Eric Hoffer Award (Poetry Book) First Runner Up: "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul".


Judith and National Public Radio host Ray Suarez at an Illinois Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet in 2016.
Judith and Associated Press President, Will Stevenson.