LGBTQ newspaper publisher to be inducted into Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame


CHICAGO — Tracy Baim, publisher of the Windy City Times, is in the inaugural class of the Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame.

The news came out on Tuesday on Robert Feder’s media news blog.

The Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame is a project of the Association for Women Journalists Chicago. AWJ Chicago supports women in journalism and promotes the respectful treatment of women by the news media.

Baim is a founder of the Windy City Times, the longest publishing LGBTQ publication in the Chicago area. She co-founded the newspaper in 1985 and in the past was the publisher of Outlines, Colorlines and Nightspots. She has also written or edited 12 books. Her most recent book is Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer. Her other books include Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America; Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage; and Out and Proud in Chicago.

Baim has received the 2013 Chicago Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Award, the Community Media Workshop’s Studs Terkel Award in 2005 and several Peter Lisagor journalism awards. She was inducted into National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

The other inductess are, from Robert Feder:

Joy Darrow, writer, teacher, photojournalist, reporter for the Chicago Tribune and managing editor of the Chicago Defender, as well as human rights and racial justice activist. Darrow, who died in 1996, was Tracy Baim’s mother.

Ellen Warren, columnist for the Chicago Tribune whose career at three Chicago newspapers stretched from City Hall to the White House and from the presidential campaign trail to the Middle East.

Laura Washington, columnist for the Sun-Times, political analyst for ABC 7, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Reporter and former Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor at DePaul University. Washington also served as deputy press secretary to the late Mayor Harold Washington (no relation).

Ida B. Wells, investigative journalist famed as a civil rights activist, anti-lynching crusader, suffragist and urban reformer. Wells, who died in 1931, recently was memorialized by the Chicago City Council, which voted to rename a portion of Congress Parkway for her.