2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Investigative Reporting ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Searching for their father's killer
    Entry Credit: Sue Dremann, Linda Taaffe
    Judge Comment: An unsolved homicide from 50 years ago that the police quietly closed after a suspect died, yet they didn't tell the family and refuse to give them answers. An up-close look on a 50-year-old killing that has left a family with more questions than answers. Solid reporting.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Bohemian
    Entry Title: Railroaded: Behind the Scenes of SMART’s Freight Takeover
    Entry Credit: Will Carruthers, Peter Byrne
    Judge Comment: What appears to be a serious conflict of interest and questionable business dealings is laid out in this story.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Beach Reporter
    Entry Title: Bruce's Beach: The road to reparations for a Black family began in a wealthy, apology-resistant town
    Entry Credit: Tyler Evains, Chris Haire, Lisa Jacobs
    Judge Comment: I really like this story and learned lots, though it's more feature than investigative.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Beverly Hills Courier
    Entry Title: Beverly Hills Police Department Accused of Racial Profiling
    Entry Credit: Samuel Braslow
    Judge Comment: None