Gruner Award

Three CNPA-member newspapers collected awards for public-service journalism during an awards ceremony March 6 in Fresno, The Modesto Bee reports.

Journalists from The Modesto Bee, Merced-Sun-Star and Foothills Sun-Gazette were the Public Service honorees in the 31st annual George F. Gruner Awards, which are named for the former executive editor of The Fresno Bee.

Other categories honored among large dailies, small dailies and weeklies were best column, best news story, best feature, best news/feature photo and best sports photo.

Group Publisher Tim Ritchey, who oversees McClatchy’s properties in Modesto, Merced, Fresno and San Luis Obispo, delivered congratulatory remarks prior to the awards presentation. Tim Drachlis, the Tatarian Journalism Chair at the university, presented the awards. Gruner, 94, gave the closing remarks, including his signature encouragement, “Keep up the good work!”

The Gruner Awards are sponsored by The Fresno Bee and the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at CSU Fresno. Funding is provided by the Central Valley Foundation and Central Valley Community Foundation. Judging was done by news people from other states.