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2020 California Journalism Awards Open Division Contest Winners

2020 California Journalism Awards
Open Division Contest Winners


First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.


PrintLos Angeles Times "LZ Granderson"(Dailies 50,001 and over)Credits: LZ Granderson
DigitalSan Francisco Chronicle "Soleil Ho's Food Culture Columns"(Monthly Unique Visitors 400,001 and over)Credits: Soleil Ho
Enterprise News Story or Series
PrintMetro Silicon Valley "Racism in the Streets"(Weeklies 25,001 and over)Credits: Grace Hase
DigitalSan Francisco Chronicle "Delta on the Edge"(Monthly Unique Visitors 400,001 and over)Credits: Kurtis Alexander, Carlos Avila Gonzalez, Santiago Mejia
Feature Photo
PrintClaremont Courier "Loss of a 400-Year-Old Claremont Resident"(Weeklies 4,300 and under)Credits: Peter Weinberger
DigitalCapital & Main "Tulare County During the Pandemic"(Monthly Unique Visitors 100,000 and under)Credits: David Bacon
Feature Story
PrintComstock's Magazine "Lineage of Success: Family businesses are the heart and soul of Little Saigon in south Sacramento"(Weeklies 11,001-25,000)Credits: Lien Hoang
DigitalCalMatters "The pandemic's great divide: Twelve hours in an L.A. restaurant"(Monthly Unique Visitors 100,001-400,000)Credits: Nigel Duara
In-Depth Reporting
PrintLos Angeles Times "A Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep Sea"(Dailies 50,001 and over)Credits: Rosanna Xia
DigitalEdSource "Education During COVID: California Families Struggle to Learn"(Monthly Unique Visitors 100,001-400,000)Credits: EdSource Staff
Investigative Reporting
PrintLos Angeles Times "Fumed Out"(Dailies 50,001 and Over)Credits: Kiera Feldman
DigitalCapital & Main "The Slow-Motion Cleanup of L.A.'s Exide Mess"(Monthly Unique Visitors 100,000 and under)Credits: Dan Ross
News Photo
PrintChino Champion "Remains of murdered soldier return home"(Weeklies 11,001-25,000)Credits: Josh Thompson
DigitalLong Beach Post "Kevin Anderson"(Monthly Unique Visitors 100,001-400,000)Credits: Thomas Cordova
Public Service Journalism
PrintThe Fresno Bee "Contaminated drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley"(Dailies 15,001-50,000)Credits: Monica Vaughan, Tim Sheehan, Nathalie Vera, John Walker
DigitalCalMatters "California 2020 Election Guide"(Monthly Unique Visitors 100,001-400,000)Credits: Ben Christopher, Byrhonda Lyons, John Osborn D'Agostino, Lo Benichou, Laurel Rosenhall