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February 22, 2001

Top Journalists Honored at
Seventh Annual Journalism Awards

The Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento will honor some of the state's best political reporting and present talks by leading media experts at the seventh annual California Journalism Conference and Awards Dinner, Thursday, March 1 at the Steven Lee Yamshon Alumni Center. The event will be co-hosted by the Sacramento Press Club.

California Journalism Awards recognize outstanding reporting on California public affairs and politics. Judging is by a panel of California journalists.

This year's print awards were named for award-winning Sacramento Bee columnist John Jacobs, who died last year. Awards will be presented to:

Daniel Weintraub of the Orange County Register, for "Freeze Out," a series of short narratives about a lobbyist.

Jim Sweeney of Copley News Service, for "High-Stakes Gamble," an article on Vegas-style casinos planned for tribal lands.

Ellen Ciurczak of the California Report, KQED radio in San Francisco, for overall excellence.

Aaron Glantz of KPFA radio in Berkeley, for overall excellence.

Randy Paige of KCBS television in Los Angeles, for overall excellence.

Kevin Riggs of KCRA television in Sacramento, for overall excellence.

Virginia Sellers-Erxleben of the Collegian at CSU Fresno, for excellence in student journalism.

The conference's keynote address will be by Andrew Lam, associate editor with the Pacific News Service and a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered." Lam was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975 at the age of 11. He will talk about globalization and the complexity surrounding identity in California.

The first of two panels, at 3:30 p.m., will be on "California Shield Law in 2001." It will feature David Sommers, former editor of the State Hornet at CSUS; Dorothy Klishevich, chief deputy district attorney for the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office; Tom Newton, general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association; and John Cary Sims, professor at the McGeorge School of Law. It will be moderated by Robert Humphrey, a CSUS communication studies professor..

The second panel, at 5 p.m., will be on "How the National News Media Views California." It will feature Sherry Bebitch-Jeffe, senior associate at Claremont Graduate University's School of Politics and Economics; Sylvester Monroe, assistant managing editor of the San Jose Mercury News; Kevin Riggs, political reporter for KCRA in Sacramento; and Paul Van Slambrouck, bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor.

The cost for attending the full conference, including dinner and keynote address, is $25. The panels are free.

Registration and more information are available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.

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