UT staff wins diversity award, journalist of the year


The San Diego Union-Tribune won 32 awards and UT Community Press won 27 awards in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists competition.

The highest honor, Journalist of the Year, went to UT Health reporter Paul Sisson, who was recognized with other media at a ceremony held Thursday at Stone Brewery in Liberty Station.

“Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Paul has stood out as the region’s leading COVID-19 reporter, keeping San Diego informed during an unprecedented and ever-evolving crisis,” the organization said.

“Since January 28, when he wrote his first article on the virus, Paul has produced more than 300 articles, ranging from profiles of frontline health workers to daily case counts and policy updates, risking sometimes his own health to make sure readers had accurate information. He told stories in emergency rooms and ambulances, collected staggering amounts of data, and lobbied public officials for critical information. “

The newspaper also won the Diversity Award for the “Hello Gen Z” podcast, produced by Abby Hamblin, Kristy Totten, Matthew Hall and the San Diego Union-Tribune video and graphics teams, and the Herbert Lockwood ” Woody “Award-Humor Writing for” Many Bonuses for Being a Senior “by Irv Erdos.

Claire Trageser of KPBS won the Gloria Penner Award for Political Affairs Reporting for “Signature-gatherers fooled the San Diegans into joining a new political party.”

Kelli Kyle, Caitlin Steinberg, Ryan Woldt, Jordan Ingram and Chris Kydd of The Coast News won the James Julian Memorial Award – Community Service Story for “The clean campaign promise”.

Monica Dean, Tom Jones, Jay Yoo and Elroy Spatcher (NBC 7 San Diego) won the Neil Morgan Community Impact Award, the Sol Price Award for Responsible Journalism, and the 2021 Excellence in Journalism Award for “STOLEN: A Year-Long Investigation on child sex trafficking and exploitation.

The first prizes were awarded to the following UT staff:

Audio Division – Podcast
“Hello Gen Z” Abby Hamblin, Kristy Totten, Matthew Hall and the Union-Tribune video and graphics teams

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Latest News
“Suspect in custody in fatal domestic violence shooting; 2 teenage girls killed ”David Hernandez, Karen Kucher and Alex Riggins

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Column
Chris Roseau

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Feature Article
“As COVID-19 death toll hits 200,000 nationwide, San Diego reflects on what has been lost” Pam Kragen and Gary Warth

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Investigation / Business Story – Single Topic
“Flawed test leads sheriff’s department to falsely claim there is no evidence of bias in the police” Lyndsay Winkley and Alex Riggins

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Multicultural History
“Black String, straight out of Seoul, mixes traditional Korean music, avant-garde improvisation and electronics” George Varga

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – News reporting
“Five months later, the mayor of La Mesa is still grappling with the aftermath of the riots” Karen Pearlman

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Food Story
“Celebrating Aboriginal Culture with Haudenosaunee Boiled Cornbread” Lauren J. Mapp

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Opinion / Editorial
“Thinking of becoming Governor of California, Kevin Faulconer leaves a mixed legacy as Mayor of San Diego” The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

Daily Reports and Editorial Division – Review / Criticism
“These 3 books are like a big, deep hug from a friend to get you through the tough times” Sophy Chaffee

Non-Daily Reporting and Editing Division – Crime / Court History
“Judge issues ruling in Heights Reconstruction Trial” Karen Billing (Del Mar Times)

Non-Daily Reporting and Editing Division – History of Education
“Ramona Amateur Radio Club Connects Elementary Students to Space Station Astronaut” Julie Gallant (Ramona Sentinel)

Non-Daily Reporting and Editing Division – Multicultural History
“The Ramonans raise signs and voices in unison with global protests” Julie Gallant (Ramona Sentinel)

Non-Daily Reporting and Editing Division – Series Non-Daily Reporting and Editing Division – Series
“Cyclist Michelle Scott continues her recovery” Julie Gallant (Ramona Sentinel)

Non-Daily Reports and Writing Division – Sports History
“Miracle at Oaks North – Golfer sinks two holes into one” Terry Monahan (Rancho Bernardo News Journal)

Union-Tribune staff also won first place for their series “Faces of the Arts Shutdown” in the Society for Features Journalism Awards for Excellence in Feature Films. The contributors were Pam Kragen, Michael James Rocha, George Varga, Nelvin Cepeda, KC Alfred and Eduardo Contreras.

The series, the judges said, “shows what it means when the local newspaper is backing you. This ambitious project is a case study of how human-centered storytelling, intimate and vibrant portrayal, and dynamic, purposeful design work together to capture the heart of a living, building-upon community. others during extraordinary times. Each of the staff who contributed to this month-long survey lives up to the promise of what it means to be a hometown reporter. “

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