San Diego SPJ Announces 2020 Award Winners

Coronavirus kept us from holding an annual celebration of local journalism this year so we had to get creative.

We celebrated our major 2020 award winners and scholarship recipients in this video.

You can check out a full list of those winners – including scholarship recipients – here and learn more about 2020 Journalist of the Year Claire Trageser here.

And click here to check out a listing of all of our other deserving award winners.

Watch San Diego SPJ’s Video Celebration of Local Journalism

The coronavirus pandemic unfortunately kept San Diego SPJ from hosting our annual celebration of local journalism so we put together this video to celebrate our deserving recipients of special and top awards and scholarships, and 2020 Journalist of the Year Claire Trageser of KPBS. 

To see more winners of this year’s awards, click here. To see comments from the judges, click here.

If you received a first place award or one of our top honors, stay tuned for more details. We will soon share instructions about how you can receive your award.

2020 San Diego SPJ Special Awards and Scholarships

Sol Price Award for Responsible Journalism: Jeff McDonald, Kelly Davis and Lauryn Schroeder of The San Diego Union-Tribune for their series “Dying Behind Bars”

Diversity Prize: Claire Trageser of KPBS for her piece “DR JS: How a Gang Shooting Changed Southeast San Diego”

Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for Humor Writing: Irv Erdos with The San Diego Union-Tribune.

First Amendment Award: Tom Jones, Mari Payton, Bill Feather, Paul Krueger and Jay Yoo with NBC 7 for “Border Agents Created Secret Database of Journalists, Attorneys and Immigration Aid Workers”

Excellence in Journalism prize: Brad Racino and Jill Castellano with iNewsource for “Risky Research” 

Neil Morgan Community Impact Award: gWill Huntsberry with Voice of San Diego for “Exposure of Doc Who Helped Families Avoid Vaccination Led to New State Law”

Gloria Penner Award for Political Affairs Reporting: Mary Plummer with inewsource for the story “San Diego Voters Promised Billions in Infrastructure Fixes, But Money Running Dry”

Distinguished Coverage Award: KPBS’ Claire Trageser, Erik Anderson, Steve Walsh, Matt Hoffman and David Washburn for “San Diego’s Climate Crisis”

2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

SPJ Scholarship Winners:

Jack Trent Dorfman, UC San Diego

Victoria Holmes, University of San Diego

Lance Nelson, Mesa College/Columbia University

Bella Ross, San Diego State University

Amber Salas, San Diego State University

Agnes Diggs Scholarship:

Katy Stegall, Southwestern College/San Diego State University

Announcing This Year’s SD-SPJ Award Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of this year’s annual journalism contest. We’ve appreciated your patience as we considered how to best celebrate this year’s winners during a pandemic that has brought new challenges and tough decisions for all of us. 

Click here to view a list of award winners—except for our special awards and scholarships, which will be announced Monday, Aug. 24, via video. The video will also feature a short speech by our Journalist of the Year, who we’ll be announcing Aug. 20 — stay tuned! First-place winners can also check out comments on those awards here.

Congratulations to all our winners! Your hard work and dedication to your craft consistently impress us!

Special note about receiving your awards: As in past years, first place winners will receive a plaque. First place winners will be notified when plaques arrive, and will be sent pick-up instructions. Second and third place winners will receive a certificate. We’ll announce dates and locations for picking up your awards later this month. If you received a second or third place award, and DO NOT want a certificate, please email spjsandiego@gmail.org by Wednesday, Aug. 26, to let us know.