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Annual California Journalism Awards

The California Journalism Awards were established by the Center to recognize, encourage and reward excellence in reporting of California state government and politics. The Center gives awards for excellence in three categories: print journalism, radio journalism, and television journalism. Two awards are given in each category - one for daily coverage and one for special feature/enterprise reporting. Each award is accompanied by a cash prize of $500.

The Katharine M. Macdonald Award is given each year to recognize excellence in print journalism by a college or university student journalist. The Macdonald Award is accompanied by a $300 cash award.

Awards are given at a banquet held in Sacramento.

  • The Fourteenth Annual California Journalism Awards luncheon will be held on October 15, 2008 in Sacramento.

  • The Thirteenth Annual California Journalism Awards luncheon will be held on September 27, 2007 in Sacramento.

  • The Twelfth Annual California Journalism Awards luncheon were held on September 22, 2006 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Recipients of the 2004 awards are listed at 2005 California Journalism Awards.


  • The Eleventh Annual California Journalism Awards dinner were held on September 14, 2005 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Recipients of the 2004 awards are listed at 2004 California Journalism Awards.


  • The Tenth Annual California Journalism Awards dinner were held on September 30, 2004 at the Capital Plaza Holiday Inn. Sacramento.  Recipients of the 2003 awards are listed at 2003 California Journalism Awards.


  • The Ninth Annual California Journalism Awards were held on February 25, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel. Sacramento.  Recipients of the 2002 awards are listed at 2002 California Journalism Awards.


  • The Eighth Annual California Journalism Awards were held on February 26, 2002 at CSU. Sacramento.  Recipients of the 2001 awards are listed at 2001 California Journalism Awards.


  • The Seventh Annual California Journalism Awards were held on March 1, 2001.  Recipients of the 2000 awards are listed at 2000 California Journalism Awards.


  • The Sixth Annual California Journalism Awards were held on February 24, 2000.  Recipients of the 1999 awards are listed at 1999 California Journalism Awards.


  • The recipients of the 1998 awards in the print category included John Jacobs of the Sacramento Bee and Lance Williams of the San Francisco Examiner. In the television category, the awards went to Michael Isip of KVIE Channel 6 in Sacramento and Randy Shandobil of KTVU in Oakland/San Francisco. Both awards in the radio category were given to Scott Shafer from KQED in San Francisco. The recipient of the Macdonald Award was Theresa Salinas who writes for el Don at Santa Ana Community College.


  • The 1997 awards went to Scott Ard, Karen deSa and Jeff Israely of the Oakland Tribune, David Wright of KQED radio in San Francisco and Michael Isip from KVIE television in Sacramento. The recipient of the first Katharine M. Macdonald Award went to Sekhar Padmanabhn, a journalist for the State Hornet at Sacramento State.


  • The recipients of the 1996 California Journalism Awards included Kevin Riggs of KCRA TV3, Marcy Brightwell of the Northern California News Satellite, Steve Scott of The California Report, and Melody Petersen, Rebecca Smith and Ricardo Sandoval, reporters for the San Jose Mercury News.


  • The 1995 awards went to Lance Williams of The San Francisco Examiner, Bryan Goebel of Sacramento radio station KFBK, and Jack Kavanagh of KOVR TV 13, Sacramento.

  • The 1994 awards went to Kim Christensen and Marc Lifsher of The Orange County Register, Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News, Gregg Fishman of Sacramento radio station KFBK, and Jack Kavanagh of Sacramento television station KOVR.

For more information, contact the Center for California Studies at (916)278-6906.