The San Francisco Examiner editorial staff at the 38th Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards luncheon on Saturday.

Examiner wins second in Overall Excellence in Bay Area journalism contest

The San Francisco Examiner editorial staff took home a dozen awards at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 38th Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards on Saturday for stories reported in 2014.

The Examiner won second place in Overall Excellence for daily newspapers, while the Santa Rosa Press Democrat won top honors in the category. The Daily News Group won third place.

Examiner staff writer Jonah Lamb won third place in breaking news for daily newspapers, while Examiner staff writer and columnist Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez won first place in political columns at a daily newspaper. Michael Barba, currently a staff writer at the Examiner, won first place for a news story in the digital media category for a story he worked on at SFBay.ca.

Former Examiner staff writer Jessica Kwong, now a reporter for the Orange Country Register, won seven awards for stories she wrote for the Examiner.

Chris Roberts, co-editor at SF Weekly and another former Examiner staff writer, won third place for a news story in the daily newspapers category. Joel Engardio, a longtime Examiner columnist, won first place in feature columns for a daily newspaper.

Michael Howerton, editor in chief of the Examiner, delivered the keynote speech at the luncheon, touching on his experience as a reporter in New York City during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and encouraging journalists to report stories that deliver a deep impact on local communities.

The journalism awards contest among media professionals in the 11 greater Bay Area counties received 398 entries and was judged by press clubs in five other locations, including Cleveland, Florida, New Orleans, Orange County and Kern County.

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