Kari Lydersen

  • Kari Lydersen

A Studs Terkel Community Media Award is … well, it’s a little like a MacArthur genius grant, except without the money. Journalists don’t apply for it, but admiring colleagues can submit their names. An executive committee of the Community Media Workshop makes the picks, and because of my respect for CMW president Thom Clark, who got to know Studs well in the last few years of his life, and who regards the Terkel Award as a solemn trust, I have as much respect for the award as I do for any media hardware handed out in Chicago.