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SF Examiner wins first place in Overall Excellence for daily newspapers, other top awards

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The San Francisco Examiner earned a total of 23 awards at the San Francisco Press Club’s 40th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner Thursday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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The San Francisco Examiner took home top honors at the San Francisco Press Club’s 40th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner Thursday night, including first place in Overall Excellence for daily newspapers in the Bay Area.

Out of more than 300 entries from media professionals in TV, print, radio, digital media and public relations, Examiner reporters and editors earned a total of 23 awards, including 15 first-place recognitions.

Staff Writer Michael Barba was the winner of the Bill Workman News Writer Award for the best daily news story, “Behind the gates: The living hell on San Quentin’s death row.” Barba also won first place in the News category for “Bayview school enrollment dips to 20-year low,” as well as third place in the Series or Continuing Coverage category for stories co-authored with Staff Writer Joshua Sabatini, “Dark Money Floods into San Francisco Elections.”

Sabatini also won first and second place in the Series or Continuing Coverage category for his series of stories, “Injecting Politics: The Battle for Supervised Drug-Use Facilities,” and “A Decade of Tracking Homeless Deaths,” respectively. In the Investigative Reporting category, Sabatini won first place for “Pay-to-Play: Campaign Gifts and City Contracts Point to Corruption.” In the Profile category, he won third place for “Retired Judge Quentin Kopp ready to return to City Hall.”

Columnist and Staff Writer Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez won first place in multiple categories as well, including the Breaking News category for “Video appears to show Uber self-driving car running red light in S.F.,” in the Profile category for “Meet the S.F. man responsible for more than a quarter of all tech business complaints” and in the News/Political Column category for his column “On Guard.”

Rodriguez and Managing Editor Laura Dudnick took home second place in the Serious Feature Story category for a story they co-authored, “Warren Hinckle, beloved longtime S.F. newsman, dies at 77.”

In the Light Feature Story category, Dudnick won first and third place for the stories, “Never-before-seen letter details life in S.F. after 1906 earthquake” and “S.F. celebrates 26 years of sea lions making a splash at Pier 39,” respectively.

Sports Editor Jacob Palmer took home first place in the Sports Column category for his column, “The Sideline.”

Photo Editor Jessica Christian was awarded first and second place in multiple categories for her photos. In the Photo Series category, Christian won first place for “A look inside San Quentin’s Death Row.” She won second place in the News and Feature photography categories for coverage of San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and homelessness in San Francisco, “Will San Francisco see the writing on the wall?”

Designer Ming Vong took home two first-place awards, in the Feature Layout Design category for “A dose of remedy: Counteracting a drug crisis” and in the Front Page Design category for “Mission Statements.”

Staff Writer Laura Waxmann won second place in the Digital Media Breaking News category for a story she co-authored at Mission Local, prior to joining the Examiner, for “Five Alarm Fire Displaces Dozens at 29th and Mission.”

Contributors to the Examiner also took home awards. Columnist Joel Engardio won first place in the Feature Column category and third place in the News/Political Column category. Columnist Jaya Padmanabhan, who writes her “In Brown Type” column for the Examiner, was recognized for her work at India Currents.

The SF Weekly, a sister publication of the Examiner, and its staff achieved numerous awards as well, including third place in Overall Excellence in the Non-Daily Newspapers category.

The Examiner and SF Weekly are owned by San Francisco Media Company.

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