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Eric Black wins Sigma Delta Chi Award for online column writing

MinnPost columnist Eric Black has won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The award, announced on Monday, was for Online Column Writing, independent website. 

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize exceptional professional journalism produced in 2016. According to the awards announcement, “Judges selected 85 honorees from more than 1,300 submissions. Entries included selections from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.”

The awards reception will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 23.

Eric, whose 2016 work was edited by Roger Buoen, was honored for an entry of five columns on national politics and policy. They can be viewed here: 

Among other winners writing about national politics were David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post for “A Portrait of Donald Trump” and George Saunders of The New Yorker for “Trump Days.” 

Other Minnesota winners were David Unze, Kirsti Marohn, Stephanie Dickrell and Jenny Berg of the St. Cloud Times for deadline reporting: “Heinrich confesses to Wetterling’s death.”

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Comments (19)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 05/01/2017 - 03:51 pm.

    Congratulations, Eric!


  2. Submitted by Nick Foreman on 05/01/2017 - 04:00 pm.

    Agreed –

    Very well deserved. Thanks Eric

  3. Submitted by Roy Everson on 05/01/2017 - 04:06 pm.

    On the other hand

    The good taste of his readers has been recognized.

  4. Submitted by Ken Wedding on 05/01/2017 - 05:12 pm.


    Happy to see your work and thinking recognized.

  5. Submitted by Erik Granse on 05/01/2017 - 05:40 pm.


    Please keep it up!

  6. Submitted by kaimay terry on 05/01/2017 - 05:41 pm.


    I am returning to Oberlin College for our 55th cluster REUNION in just a few weeks. Eric I believe you are younger. But I am forwarding this good news to Oberlin Alum Office. Keep up with your good works.

  7. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 05/01/2017 - 06:32 pm.

    For one who has his own distinctive style also…

    …this is a most well deserved recognition…sincere congratulations.

  8. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/01/2017 - 07:53 pm.


    We all knew you were good!

  9. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 05/02/2017 - 07:21 am.

    Congratulations, and thanks for the forum.

  10. Submitted by Sheila Ehrich on 05/02/2017 - 09:02 am.


    Your columns were one of the top attractions for me when I started reading MinnPost several years ago. I had always read you in the Star Tribune and knew your stories were very well researched as well as very well written. I also think some of the congratulations should go to MinnPost for the freedom they give you to write long pieces instead of limiting your column to so many words per column. And to write short columns that just pass on a link to someone else’s work. Recent links to the LA Times series about Trump and David Reminick’s (sp?) piece right after the election helps broaden the conversation around Trump and the issues surrounding his election. Thank you for the thoughtfulness and hard work you put into your columns.

  11. Submitted by richard owens on 05/02/2017 - 09:33 am.

    Congratulations Eric

    …and thank you for your informed wit and the smart readers you attract.

  12. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 05/02/2017 - 10:40 am.


    Congratulation Eric, for be recognized for doing the great job we all knew you were doing.

  13. Submitted by Greg Gaut on 05/02/2017 - 11:20 am.

    More than anything else

    thanks for grounding your work in a solid historical consciousness, the secret of your success.

  14. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 05/02/2017 - 12:02 pm.

    Congratulations, Eric!

    What a great recognition of your ability to inspire dialogue with your informed essays, links to smart journalism and academic studies by others, and provocative “takes” on the national political scene. And, your insistence that there are, indeed, facts out there that must not be mislabeled or ignored.

  15. Submitted by Eric Black on 05/02/2017 - 03:01 pm.

    Thanks to all for your kind wishes and felicitations. I have generally viewed such awards as arbitrary bordering on silly, but this week I’m having a rethink.

  16. Submitted by Richard Schwartz on 05/04/2017 - 06:37 pm.

    Eric Black

    Congrats, Eric. Well done.

  17. Submitted by Ilya Gutman on 05/06/2017 - 09:57 am.

    Congratulations, Eric. Sorry, I am late with that.

  18. Submitted by Howard Miller on 05/06/2017 - 05:02 pm.

    Eric Black, Award winning journalist

    Congratulations, Eric Black! Recognition richly deserved!

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