The Fresno Bee was named the top California newspaper in its circulation category in the annual competition sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. The General Excellence award was announced Saturday at the CNPA's Press Summit in San Jose.
"The General Excellence award is one more piece of evidence of the outstanding work produced daily by The Bee's staff of talented journalists," said Executive Editor Jim Boren. "This is a team award that is shared by the entire newspaper staff, and we are thrilled to be recognized by the CNPA judges."
In addition to the top award, the Bee won six first- and five second-place awards in the CNPA competition.
Bee artist SW Parra swept the editorial cartoon category. His cartoon on "OU812 Foster Farms" took first place and his cartoon on "CSU Fresno Presidential search" took second place.
Other first-place awards were:
- Features staff for Arts and Entertainment coverage.
- Mark Grossi for Environmental Reporting for his "Toxic Land" series of stories detailing pollution challenges in the central San Joaquin Valley, government oversight and possible changes.
- Robert Rodriguez and Diana Aguilera for Agricultural Reporting for "Harvest of Fear" chronicling incidents of rape and harassment of female farmworkers.
- Andy Boogaard for Best Sports Story for "Legendary coach dies," the news obituary of former Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney.
- Craig Kohlruss for Best Sports Photo for "Not messing around!" -- a cowboy braces for impact after getting bucked by a bull at the Clovis Rodeo.
- Sports staff for Best Sports Section.
- Hannah Furfaro for Coverage of Education for her story, "Teachers brace for change" about how Valley educators are getting ready for the new Common Core standards.
- Ron Orozco for Best Feature Story for "No longer nameless," about the work to memorialize 28 Mexican citizens who died in a 1948 plane crash near Coalinga.
- Eric Paul Zamora for Best Feature Photo for "Bubbling up with underwater fun," highlighting a child cooling off on a hot June day at Dickey Playground in Fresno.
Other Valley and Central California winners:
Merced Sun-Star: First place for Coverage of Local Government and for Sports Photo, second for Investigative Reporting and for Special Sports Section.
Vida en el Valle: First for Best Front Page and for Page Layout and Design.
Sierra Star: First for Breaking News.
Los Banos Enterprise: First for Photo Essay, second for Editorial Cartoon and for General Excellence.
Dinuba Sentinel: Second for Investigative Reporting and for Sports Page or Section.
Hanford Sentinel: First for Agricultural Reporting, second for Artistic Photo.
The Tribune of San Luis Obispo: First for Editorial Comment, Investigative Reporting, News Photo and Special Section, second for Feature Photo, Page Layout & Design and Writing.
The Bakersfield Californian: First for Columns and Coverage of Business News, second for Arts & Entertainment Coverage, Columns and Special Sports Section.
Merced County Times: First for Feature Photo, second for Editorial Cartoon, Sports Photo and Writing.
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