2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Leaked Racist Tape Upends L.A. Politics
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: This story, and its subsequent follow-ups, had tremendous impact, not just in the Los Angeles area but across the nation. The reporting team, working from a secret recording provided by an unknown source, worked quickly and methodically to first authenticate the recording and then contact and interview the people involved. As well as exposing racism among certain city council members and leading to the resignation of the council president and the city's labor leader, it prompted a letter from President Biden and instigated a detailed examination of the city's divisive and occasionally explosive racial history.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: Breaking point for Bay Area transit
    Entry Credit: Eliyahu Kamisher
    Judge Comment: The writer is to be commended on such a detailed, deeply-researched and well-written expose of the sad decline of the Bay Ara transit system. He clearly spent many hours delving into the problem, visiting train and bus stations, traveling on the ferry and talking with riders, officials and transit authority members. With his story and detailed documentation of abandoned and derelict stations, riderless trains and the fact even "car crazy" Los Angeles has more transit riders, he calls into question the whole future of the public transit system in the Bay Area and paints a grim and depressing picture of what is the come.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Mallory Moench on San Francisco's Tenderloin struggles
    Entry Credit: Mallory Moench, J.D. Morris, Kevin Fagan
    Judge Comment: The five-part investigation takes a deep and detailed look at the spreading epidemic of drug use and homelessness centered on the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. The writers examine the efforts by Mayor Breed to tackle the problem, and assess the impact of Urban Alchemy's work in the city. Interviews with community leaders, activists, homeless drug users, health workers, business owners and many more, as well as a look at the year-long tenure of the controversial Tenderloin Center give a thorough and disturbing insight into the extent of the problems plaguing the city.
  • Competition Comment: It was extremely difficult to pick three winners from ten outstanding entries that were all a credit to California journalism. All, in their different ways, were exposes of scandals in their areas which probably would never have been brought to light had it not been for the diligence and determination of the reporters involved. Congratulations to all the entrants.