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February 18, 2002

Recipients of eighth annual
California Journalism Awards announced

The Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento has announced the winners of the eighth annual California Journalism Awards. They will be presented at a banquet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

The awards recognize outstanding reporting on California public affairs and politics. Judging is by a distinguished panel of California journalists.

Among the highlights this year is a lifetime achievement award for Lou Cannon, a longtime political reporter, White House correspondent for the Washington Post, and author of five books, including three biographies of Ronald Reagan. Other recipients of this year's awards are:

The John Jacobs Award, for print special feature/enterprise reporting: Jill Tucker, Oakland Tribune, who wrote an in-depth series on California's $4.5 billion special education program.

The John Jacobs Award, for print daily coverage: David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle, who reported on California's $10 billion plan to purchase electricity on behalf of utilities.

For excellence in radio reporting: Scott Shafer, The California Report, KQED in San Francisco.

For excellence in television reporting: Randy Shandobil, KTVU Fox 2 in San Francisco/Oakland.

The Katharine M. Macdonald Award, for excellence in student journalism: Julian Foley, a student at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, who wrote a guest commentary on teacher testing which appeared in the Contra Costa Times.

Before the awards banquet there will be two panel discussions in the Sheraton's Campagno Room beginning at 3:30 p.m. The first is titled "That Was Then, This is Now: How and Why California Journalists Covered the Gulf and Afghan Wars" and the second is titled "Finding the Angle: How California's Diverse Community News Media Determine Their Coverage of the War on Terrorism and Afghanistan."

Panels are free; banquet reservations are $25 and must be made by Feb. 20. For more information, please contact the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906 or the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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