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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Columns Contest Winners – Dailies: 50,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Columns Contest Winners

Dailies: 50,001 & over


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.


Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCredits
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoLZ GrandersonThese two columns really stood out from the field for several reasons. Both were topical, had strong opinion, were educational and included gripping personal stories. Most important, both moved me... made me feel. Bravo.LZ Granderson
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Ann KillionAnn Killion did a great job connecting Colin Kaepernick's protests that caused so much controversy and the death of George Floyd. If Kaepernick's protests had been more widely accepted, would George Floyd be alive today? She makes a very strong case. Her other column was an interesting blend of history and social injustice in the hiring practices of professional sports teams. And she included calls for action.Ann Killion
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoKobe Gave In To Dark Side of Youth Sports / Bulked-up Bryson Win May Cause PED IssuesMark Zeigler deftly raised the issue of youth sports craziness as it related to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, placing some blame on Bryant and other parents, without seeming insensitive to the NBA great's tragic death. That's a tough balancing act. His other column took on the growing trend of growth of pro golfers without accusing of wrongdoing. Both were very well done.Mark Zeigler
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoErika D. SmithErika D. Smith's column's took on systemic racism in two segments of our society that were constantly in the news last year - crime/policing and health care. Both columns included a depth of reporting to back up her opinion, the hallmark of a good columnist.Erika D. Smith
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseGov. Newsom's failed COVID leadershipDaniel Borenstein's two columns both had strong opinions about Gov. Gavin Newsom and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there was no more important topic in 2020.Daniel Borenstein