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Wendy Tokuda and Reed Cowan to cohost SF Press Club Awards Show

Award-winning Bay Area broadcasters join in-person awards show December 8

SAN FRANCISCO – November 18, 2022 – The San Francisco Press Club announced broadcasters Wendy Tokuda and Reed Cowan will host the organization’s first in-person awards show since the COVID-19 pandemic.  The news comes after the San Francisco Press Club announced that Bay Area political insider and journalist Phil Matier will keynote the awards show.  

A widely honored broadcast journalist, Tokuda has anchored prime time newscasts at KING, KNBC, KRON, and KPIX.  She was also the co-founder and producer of the highly successful feature, “Students Rising Above,” which recognized and provided scholarships for students who overcame great hardship to succeed. Tokuda retired in 2016 but remains a storyteller and news junkie. “Reporting the truth is more important than ever,” she says. “Without the truth, we are lost.”

KPIX broadcaster Reed Cowan is an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and GLAAD award-winning storyteller. 

“I’m honored to share a space with peers who know that occupying our roles as truth-tellers is not only important, but crucial in fulfilling our constitutionally-protected missions to expose the truth and connect communities,” Reed said.

Matier, who describes himself as a “Bay Area political insider and journalist,” has been featured in The San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle.  He has also been a broadcast reporter on KRON-TV and KPIX-5 and currently ABC-7 and KCBS radio. 

“Wendy Tokuda and Reed Cowan set a standard for integrity and professionalism in Bay Area media, and it’s an honor to have them help us salute the best journalism of the region for 2022,” said Curtis Sparrer, president of the San Francisco Press Club and Bospar PR. 


The Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards will be presented at the San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hilton at 5:30 p.m. on December 8.

Tickets will be $100 per person at the door, but The San Francisco Press Club is now selling them for $75. Here’s the link to sign up. 

Cocktail service will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and awards commencing at 6:30 p.m.

The address for the San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hilton is 600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010.

The San Francisco Press Club drew an all-time record of 424 entries across a wide range of categories, eclipsing last year’s previous high of 333 entries. Entries come from four divisions: daily newspapers, digital media, non-daily newspapers, and magazines/trade publications. Groupings within the divisions include news and news photography, public relations, radio/podcast, television/video, and college media. Within those groupings are a wide range of categories covering hard news, features, investigations and design. Judges for the contest hail from press clubs from around the country.


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The San Francisco Press Club is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status. It was founded in 1963 to provide a forum for the interchange of idea and opinions between professionals in the various news and public relations media, providing an organization in which to share fellowship, promote professional competence and knowledge, encourage students entering journalism by offering scholarships, and  increase public knowledge of the media through workshops and other exchanges of information.

Contact: Curtis Sparrer, curtis@bospar.com

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