Talk about convergence! Normally Emmys are won by TV people, not newspaper folk. But Chronicle journalist James Irwin won an Emmy on Monday for an online video documentary on four teens as they took a sobering look at life behind bars in San Quentin State Prison. Irwin, director of video journalism for The Chronicle, got his start at a Reno television station in 1979 but left television for a job with The Chronicle and its Web affiliate,, in 1996. Here’s the story about his award and the video.

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  1. It is wonderful to see this wonderful program being covered. I also work with a rehabilitation program at San Quentin Prison. A few of the men in my program were featured in this award-winning video with R.E.A.L. Choices. It is time that we see the wealth of caged up knowledge that could be positively steered towards community development.

    As one of my program members says, who better to retrieve land mines than the people who placed them there? Some of the men in San Quentin are dedicated to changing their neighborhoods, and they are uniquely qualified to do so with their experience and so-called ‘street cred.’ I commend the Emmy recognition and hope more people will begin to see the community development potential that exists locked up in our nations prisons.

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