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Tonight we honor our Hall of Fame inductees who contributed to promoting fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. And we celebrate the achievements of our Excellence in Journalism Award winners.
Tracy Baim, born in 1963, began her career at Gay Life newspaper in 1984, a month after graduating from Drake University. She cofounded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. Lambda Publications, the parent company of Outlines, bought Windy City Times in 2000 and merged it with Outlines, and the parent company became Windy City Media Group. With her lifelong passion for journalism and love of history, for over three decades Baim has earned national accolades as a writer, editor, publisher, author and filmmaker. In 2012, she was editor and coauthor ofGay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Top 10 selection from the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association. Just this spring, Baim was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism – given by the Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in America. A fierce advocate for human rights, Baim uses her voice and her pen to champion equality and to battle against sexism, racism and homophobia in all their forms.
Lisa Keen has been reporting news for LGBT audiences for over 35 years and is frequently considered the dean of gay political reporting in America. She served as the top editor of one of the nation’s most respected gay publications, The Washington Blade, for 18 years. She was one of the first two reporters for a gay newspaper to be credentialed to cover the White House and Congress, she’s covered U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1985 and she’s one of the only reporters to carefully analyze gay voting trends in presidential elections. She won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for her coverage of an anti-gay initiative in Colorado and the subsequent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Romer v. Evans, as well as a Society of Professional Journalists award for her series of interviews — from diagnosis to death — with one of the first gay men to develop AIDS in the early 1980s. She has published commentary in The Washington Post, written environmental news for The Nature Conservancy magazine, and reported local news forThe Boston Globe. Keen is also coauthor of Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial, published in 2000. Following the sale of the Blade in 2001 she began freelance work for LGBT news organizations around the country, specializing in national legal and political news, through Keen News Service. Keen always will be admired as a journalist’s journalist – tirelessly committed to reporting the rapidly changing stories that matter most to LGBT citizens.
Donna Cartwright, born in 1947, served as a highly respected copy editor for The New York Times for three decades, and was a member and officer of The Newspaper Guild before retiring from the Times in 2006. She also has been a longtime transgender, LGBT and labor activist. She has served as co-president of Pride at Work, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituency group of the labor movement, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Maryland State and D.C. A.F.L.-C.I.O. She was a co-founder of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, the National Center for Transgender Equality and TransEpiscopal, the association of transgender Episcopalians, and Gender Rights Maryland. Cartwright is believed to be the first Times staffer to publicly disclose her status as a transgender person when interviewed in 1998 by Barbara Walters on ABC television to discuss her decision to resolve her gender conflict and to transition as a woman. Claiming and affirming her confident identity, Cartwright has been a powerful role model for journalists as well as a powerful force for fairness and change in the workplace.