2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: A basketball prodigy was kidnapped into sex trafficking. Now she’s making her comeback
    Entry Credit: Connor Letourneau
    Judge Comment: Connor uses multiple interviews, even dream sequences in chilling detail to tell the story of a basketball star who is fighting her way back after being brutalized by a human trafficker. She leaves the reader full of compassion and hope for healing and a new purpose for this young athlete.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: Trailer Park Purgatory
    Entry Credit: Julia Prodis Sulek
    Judge Comment: The morality tale of pathetic parents who were caught in a web of bribes to boost their already privileged offspring couldn't get more tawdry, we thought. Until the mastermind who suckered the rich and famous winds up in a cheesy trailer park far from the Bay Area, hustling his neighbors and working out on his Peloton. Julia didn't let go of this crime story even when the news quieted down. She listened when a neighbor tipped her off. Well told.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Is Hunters Point sick? Meet the doctor screening residents for toxics in S.F.’s biggest development battle
    Entry Credit: Lauren Hepler
    Judge Comment: Lauren Hepler puts a face on a San Francisco doctor warning residents that a big development may be deadly. It is a complex story that takes a circuitous route. Still it leaves the reader grateful for the unflinching work of a doctor who won't stop even when faced with her own mortality.
  • Competition Comment: This group of entries was a delight to explore, with so much colorful and bright writing over topics that varied widely from critters to creatives to crises. Many of these stories could find their way to nonfiction-based books and movies far beyond their circulation.