We interrupt this news cycle to congratulate Ben Joravsky and former Reader staffer Mick Dumke on a couple of recent awards:

Ben has been named Chicago Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists Association.

And Mick and Ben’s three-part series “Fail: Chicago’s Parking Meter Fiasco” won third place in a regional investigative reporting contest sponsored by the Better Government Association through a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant.