This front page of the San Francisco Examiner won first place in Page Design in this year's Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards.

San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly win top awards in Bay Area journalism contest

The San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly took home top awards in the 39th Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards contest on Saturday.

The Examiner won first place in the Newspaper/Daily category, while SF Weekly was awarded first place in the Newspaper/Non-Daily category. The contest included submissions from more than 100 journalists representing 29 media organizations.

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

Reporters and editors from both publications took home awards as well.

Joshua Sabatini, the Examiner’s City Hall reporter, was awarded the 2016 Bill Workman News Writer Award for his stories, “SF homeless families face difficult choice of shelter or school” – for which he also won first place in the News Story category – and “SF homeless shelter changes policy on families amid criticism.”

Sabatini also won third place in the Series category for his ongoing coverage of homelessness.

Michael Howerton, the Examiner’s editor in chief, took home first place and third place in the Editorial category for his editorials, “‘Comply or die’ mentality must end for SFPD,” and “Standing by our sanctuary city,” respectively.

The Examiner’s managing editor, Gregory Andersen, won first place in Page Design for the newspaper’s “Justice, Pride, Love,” front page.

Laura Dudnick, the Examiner’s city editor, won first place in the Feature/Light category for the story, “Mission High student with autism embraces rock star status on campus.” She also won second and third place in the Feature/Serious category for “Two years after losing both legs in crash, SF man has new outlook on life,” and “Former Examiner reporter-editor recalls Jonestown, 1980s newsroom.”

Jonah Owen Lamb, the Examiner’s criminal justice reporter, won first place in the Feature/Series category for his story, “Public defender investigator answers a formidable calling.” Lamb also second and third place in the News Story category for “Public officials named in new findings from FBI probe of ‘Shrimp Boy,’” and “Suhr gave family friend special treatment.”

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, the Examiner’s “On Guard” political columnist, won first in the Columns-News/Political category.

SF Weekly’s arts editor, Peter Kane, took home first place in the Entertainment category for his story, “Midnight at the Oasis.” He also won first place in the Feature/Light category at Non-Daily newspapers for the same story.

Contributors to the Examiner also took home awards, including first place in Editorial Cartoons for Justin DeFreitas and first place in Columns-Features as well as second place in the Columns-News/Political category by Joel Engardio.

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