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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Profile Story Contest Winners – Weeklies: 25,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Profile Story Contest Winners

Weeklies: 25,001 & 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
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryFirst PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasMayor Joe Gunter: A straightforward man who believed in action, and in SalinasThis is a touching tribute. I liked that it included praise from an adversary. It was very thorough reporting and well-written.Joe Szydlowski
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StorySecond PlaceThe AcornAgoura HillsKeys to the kingdomThis story would appeal to even non-sports readers. It was very interesting. I liked the connection between the brothers.Eliav Appelbaum, David Lopez
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryThird PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzMusic Without BordersI felt like I know Keith Greeniger after reading his profile. It showed very thorough reporting and was well-written with nice photos.Steve Palopoli
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoPeninsula singing group offers 'golden guarantee'This story had an original take that made it very interesting. I liked the emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic.Karla Kane
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryFifth PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloCamarillo boy is Santa's little helperBrooke Stanley