2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Investigative Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Legal Weed, Broken Promises
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: These stories were classic investigative: reporters uncovered something officials didn't want out there; and the stories spurred immediate change--in this case, an investigation into corruption and deaths, and the passage of a statewide law. These stories were well reported and well written. Bravo.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Child deaths at John Muir Health
    Entry Credit: Cynthia Dizikes, Matthias Gafni
    Judge Comment: This was a story about child deaths that didn't have to happen. Because of the journalists and their shoe-leather reporting, these tragic and heartbreaking deaths and the excruciating details were brought to light. Their reporting sparked state and medical board investigations, and lawsuits.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Failure to Protect
    Entry Credit: Robert J. Lopez, Colleen Shalby
    Judge Comment: Who knew that the country's largest university system has repeatedly failed to protect people from sex abuse? Thanks to these reporters and their dogged reporting, we now know. Good job exposing this systemic failure that led to investigations, reforms and resignations.
  • Competition Comment: From investors cashing in on the real estate market to shuffling mental health inmates to various prisons without getting them the help they need, to fire victims still struggling to get financial help, this contest had it all. Kudos to all the reporters, photographers, data journalists and editors who clearly put their heart into producing these accountability, enterprising, and often heartbreaking stories. You should be proud.