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Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards announced

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club presented the 38th Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, which honored the work of more than 140 journalists representing 35 media organizations. The club presented nearly 200 awards during the luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.

The club received received 398 entries from the 11 counties in the Bay Area. The contest was judged by press clubs in Cleveland, Florida, New Orleans, Orange County and Kern County.

Top award winners for Overall Excellence included:
•   South Bay Accent, First Place, Magazine/Trade Publications/Newsletters
•   India Currents, First Place, Digital Media
•   Palo Alto Weekly, First Place, Newspapers/Non-Daily
•   Pacifica Tribune, Second Place, Newspapers/Non-Daily
•   The Press Democrat, First Place, Newspapers/Daily
•   The San Francisco Examiner, Second Place, Newspapers/Daily
•   The Daily News Group, Third Place, Newspapers/Daily

Michael Howerton, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Examiner, gave a keynote speech, and investigative reporter Jonathan Greenberg was a guest speaker. The SFPPC awarded three $1,500 scholarships to promising student journalists: The Jack Russell Award was presented to Kellen Browning of Davis Senior High School; and Herb Caen Awards were presented to Maci Martell and Kyle Schmidt, both from Santa Rosa Junior College.

A new scholarship was established to honor the journalism career of Bill Workman, a former SF Chronicle reporter and past president of the SFPPC. Marla Lowenthal, Workman’s wife, presented the Bill Workman News Writer Award to the First Place winner of the Newspaper/Daily News Story category, Glenda Anderson of The Press Democrat.

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