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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print In-Depth Reporting Winners – Dailies: 50,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print In-Depth Reporting 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 & overIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep SeaThe energetic writing, dramatic imagery and immersive online presentation make this DDT story a truly cinematic read. It has all the elements of an adventure pic, expertly reconstructing decades of heart-pounding discoveries and disappointments associated with this complicated and controversial topic -- while also explaining its relevance today.Rosanna Xia
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMissing in MexicoThe pain of parents searching for their missing children is palpable in this series. The descriptions of families literally digging for the remains of their loved ones is visceral, heartbreaking and unforgettable.Wendy Fry, Alejandro Tamayo, Alexandra Mendoza
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Delta on the EdgeThe compelling interviews with the people whose lives and livelihoods will be most affected by proposed changes to the Delta really bring this story to life. Lots of terrific drone and still photography add to the impact and help the reader understand the scope of the evolving challenges of this important area.Kurtis Alexander, Santiago Mejia, Carlos Avila Gonzales
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoYou see the warnings everywhere. But does Prop. 65 really protect you?A fascinating look at how a well-intentioned proposition morphed into a money-making machine. Clear, concise explanations make this topic easy for readers to follow and understand.Geoffrey Mohan
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoL.A.'s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racismThis well-researched story reveals a much darker side to a familiar landmark. Stark details from multiple lawsuits and strong interviews make this a truly absorbing read.Daniel Miller, Amy Kaufman