Recipients of 11th annual
California Journalism Awards announced
The Center for California Studies at Sacramento State and
the Sacramento Press Club have announced the winners of the 11 th annual California
Journalism Awards. They will be presented at a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street in
The awards recognize outstanding reporting on California public affairs and
politics. Judging is by a panel of California journalists.
year's award ceremony will feature a keynote address by Mandalit del Barco,
a reporter on National Public Radio's national desk. She has covered issues
such as bilingual education, immigration, Latino politics, race relations
and world music. Del Barco has also produced documentaries on Latino hip
hop music, the "home girls" of Los Angeles, the life of Frida Kahlo, Puerto Rican
"casitas," which are small structures on vacant lots constructed
by gardeners and used as community spaces, and other Latino-oriented topics.
Recipients of this year's awards are:
- The John Jacobs Award for print special feature/enterprise
reporting: John Hill and Dorothy Korber of The
Sacramento Bee won for a body of work that broke the story of top level
California Highway Patrol officers' misuse of workers compensation and pension
funds. Hill and Korber found that CHP chiefs claimed injuries at the end
of their careers, paving the way for lucrative, untaxed medical pensions.
John Jacobs Award for print daily coverage: Gary
Delsohn, Herbert Sample and Dan Smith of The
Sacramento Bee won for a body of work relating to former Secretary
of State Kevin Shelley's questionable use of federal election funds.
excellence in radio reporting : John Myers of
KQEDPublic Radio in San Francisco for three stories: an
enterprise story on budget woes for the state's campaign finance watchdog
agency; a look at the changing political climate for the influential
interest group the California Correctional Peace Officers Association; and
a report on possible conflicts of interest regarding the workers' compensation
crisis and Gov. Schwarzenegger's fundraising.
- For excellence in
television reporting: Randy Paige, Frank Snepp and Richard
Alvarez of KCBS-TV in Los Angeles for reports on the energy
industry's influence on the five state public utilities commissioners
who determine how much profit the energy companies are allowed to make.
Katherine M. Macdonald Award for excellence in
student journalism: Kristin Mayer of the University of
Southern California who wrote a story for the Capitol Weekly on
the fight to put the open primary initiative on the November ballot.
The cost of the luncheon is $25 for single tickets and $15 for students with
valid identification. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Sept. 7. For
more information, contact the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.
Additional media assistance is available from the Sacramento State public affairs
office at (916) 278-6156.
State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156