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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Investigative Reporting Winners – Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Investigative Reporting Winners

Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000

 

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 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFumed OutThe Times exposed a terrifyingly widespread problem that you've probably never heard about. The industry's response to the "tobacco and asbestos of aviation" is especially galling, and the reporters laid bare the inconsistencies of the industry's arguments, cutting them down through the use of public records and internal documents that show the industry's feeble attempts to have its cake and eat it too. Exceptionally well reported, presented and written. A clear winner.Kiera Feldman
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Gruesome BetrayalGruesome, disgusting and shocking - the tale of how Marc Ching built his animal activist nonprofit is antithetical to the persona he built. Through dogged reporting across multiple continents, the Times exposed Ching as the conman he is. While the butchers' stories should have been enough to bury Ching's organization, the Times didn't stop there. Reporters dug into this financial dealings and sham veterinary practices to serve up an angle prosecutors couldn't ignore. Kudos to the Times for exposing this fraud.Paul Pringle, Alene Tchekmedyian, David Pierson
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: The Suspect Next DoorA compellingly told story about one man, a kid really, that illustrates the larger problem of false confessions from the developmentally disabled and police's inability to admit or even consider that they were wrong. This piece did what prosecutors have failed or refused to do - it showed Michael Alexander was innocent. I can only imagine what this piece means for Alexander and his family - while the Chronicle couldn't give him back the more than three years he spent in jail, clearing his name is the next best thing.Matthias Gafni,
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoDeadly DelaysJack Dolan, Brittny Mejia
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingFifth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Far from Home, Far from SafeJoaquin Palomino, Cynthia Dizikes, Sara Tiano
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