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California Journalism Awards

The California Journalism Awards were established in 1994 by the Center for California Studies to encourage and acknowledge outstanding media coverage of California state government, policy, or issues. This year, to celebrate our 2013 Envisioning California Conference, Food for Thought: Current Food Trends and Policies in the Golden State, we want to highlight California journalism relevant to the theme. The Center for California Studies is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the 19th Annual California Journalism Awards to reward excellence in reporting of California politics, policy and issues specific to food policy and trends. Entries can be a single story or program, or a series of up to five stories or programs that represent a journalist's body of work.

Food policy and trends submissions can include topics related (but not limited) to: California Agriculture (labor issues, immigration, etc.), Farm-to-Fork/ Farm-to-School, Food Science (genetic modification, biofuels, etc.), and food policies.

California Journalism Awards 2012 Award Recipients


Finalists, For Excellence in Print Reporting

  1. Mary Dunn, Monterey County Weekly, Seafood Fraud
  2. Sandra Duerr, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Wine and Water: Deep Trouble (WINNER)
  3. Anna Roth, SF Weekly, Shuck and Jive

Finalists, For Excellence in Blog Reporting

  1. Clare Leschin-Hoar,,, a Participant Media website that draws 4+ million visitors a month (WINNER) (Article 1) (Article 2) (Article 3) (Article 4) (Article 5)
  2. Dana Woldow, Beyond Chron, How policy decisions impact school meal programs

Finalists, For Excellence in Radio Reporting

  1. Sasha Khokha & Grace Rubenstein, KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting, Farmworkers Face Rape (WINNER) (Article 1) (Article2) (Article 3) (Article 4)
  2. Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio, Watching What You Eat
  3. The View From Here (Staff), Capital Public Radio, What's For Lunch: The Move To Improve School Nutrition

Finalists, For Excellence in TV Reporting

  1. David Bienick & Mike Carroll, KCRA TV 3, Hops Make a Comeback (WINNER)
  2. Rob Stewart, KVIE, Sacramento Mushroom Farm
  3. Dale Yurong, KFSN-TV (ABC 30), Ag Watch

Finalists, For Excellence in Photo Journalism

  1. Audrey Fukuman, SF Weekly, Shuck and Jive
  2. Craig Kohlruss, The Fresno Bee, Stone Fruit
  3. Chris Riley, Vallejo Times-Herald, Food for Thought (WINNER)

Finalists, Katharine M. Macdonald Student Award

  1. Annie Kim Hsu, Chapman University, PETA threatens to sue O.C. chefs for serving foie gras
  2. Samantha Lynn, The Stanford Daily, New mobile food vendor policy drives Net Appetit off campus (WINNER) (Article 1) (Article 2) (Article 3)
  3. Wade Wallerstein, Out & About Magazine, Never Too Young to Change the World


2011 Award Recipients »

For Excellence in Blog Reporting: GOP Latino Fail: Party Ignored Stu Spencer's Advice By Jerry Roberts & Phil Trounstine, Calbuzz
For Excellence in Print-Daily Coverage: High-risk Calif parolees unsupervised By Don Thompson, Gillian Flaccus, Greg Risling & Thomas Watkins, Associated Press
For Excellence in Print-Special Feature/ Enterprise Reporting: Dental program proves painful By Jocelyn Wiener & Emily Bazar, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
For Excellence in Photojournalism (series): Occupy Oakland Shooting & Manali Baby Birth By Jane Tyska; The Oakland Tribune
For Excellence in Photojournalism (single): Keeping the Peace By Chris Riley, Vallejo Times-Herald
For Excellence in Radio Reporting: Children Left Behind: California’s Foster Care Crisis By Doug Sovern, KCBS
For Excellence in Television Reporting: Walmart Investigation By Kurtis Ming, Brei Baar, Kenny Holmes, Dennis Lopez, & Peter Roney, KOVR CBS13
For Excellence in Student Reporting: Slaughterhouse Shortage Stunting Area’s Eat-Local Movement By David Ferry, The New York Times-The Bay Citizen

2010 Award Recipients »

Print: Laura Mahoney, BNA Daily Tax Report (special feature/enterprise reporting)

Print: Judy Lin, Associated Press(daily coverage)

Radio: John Myers, KQED

Television: Kelly Peterson, KVIE

For excellence in blog reporting: Torey Van Oot, The Sacramento Bee

Katherine M. Macdonald Award: Megan Baier, California Health Report

2009 Award Recipients »

Print: Brian Joseph and Tony Saavedra, The Orange County Register

Print: The Sacramento Bee, Capitol Bureau (daily coverage)

Radio: Marianne Russ,Capital Public Radio

Television: Kelly Peterson and Bryan Shaddon, KVIE

2008 Award Recipients »

Print: Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee (special feature/enterprise reporting)

Print: The Sacramento Bee, Capitol Bureau (daily coverage)

Radio: John Myers, KQED

Television: KVIE, team entry

Katherine M. Macdonald Award: Susan Acker, University of La Verne’s Campus Times

View the Awards Luncheon on the Cal Channel

2007 Award Recipients »

Print: John Hill and Kevin Yamamura, Sacramento Bee (special feature/enterprise reporting) and John Gittelsohn, Orange County Register (daily coverage)

Radio: Julie Small, KPCC

Television: Bryan Shadden, KVIE

Katherine M. Macdonald Award: Robert Faturechi, Daily Bruin, UCLA

Print: Kim Christensen and Marc Lifsher, Orange County Register andGary Webb, San Jose Mercury News

Radio: Gregg Fishman, KFBK

Television: Jack Kavanagh, KOVR TV 13


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