2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Investigative Reporting ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Hundreds of documents were unsealed in the Kristin Smart case. Here’s the first look
    Entry Credit: Chloe Jones
    Judge Comment: This series is a testament to the dogged efforts of the writer and newspaper to reveal new information that brought important background and context to a high-profile case. The stories were especially impressive considering the reporter wrote them while also writing daily stories about the case.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Check his record
    Entry Credit: Nada Atieh
    Judge Comment: What could have been a standard election advance turned into a revealing look into a candidate’s problematic history thanks to the reporter’s extensive research. Documents and key interviews gave readers important insight before they headed to the polls.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    Entry Title: City of Industry embezzlement scandal
    Entry Credit: Jason Henry
    Judge Comment: The writer’s expertise is evident in this detailed account of how — and why — a project for public good became a political and personal landmine. Terrific use of court testimony, emails and interviews helped readers follow the developments of this complex story.
  • Competition Comment: None