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".