Journalism award goes to reporter

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Times Media Co. staff writer Keith Benman won a business reporting honor for his coverage of consumer complaints to the Indiana Gaming Commission being ignored.

Benman received the honor at a May 6 ceremony for the 34th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism in Chicago. 

The award is named after journalist Peter Lisagor, who was the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976.

Benman’s stories, in­­cluding “Indiana Play­ing a Game of Hold ’Em,” beat competition in the category for daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 250,000.

The Times of North­west Indiana (Munster) writer Sarah Tomp­kins, designer Dave Mos­ele and writer Rick Kaempfer were also finalists for Lisagor awards. Benman and Times Investigative Editor Marc Chase won a Lisagor award last year for their subprime lending series published in 2009.