Times of San Diego Named Top News Site at Press Club Awards

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Times of San Diego writers, editors and photographers won 20 awards Tuesday at the San Diego Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards, and took top honors for Best Local News Site.

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Chris Stone of La Mesa, the Times’ contributing photographer, claimed the most awards of the night — 11, including four first places. Her husband, Ken, won eight awards.

Launched in March 2014, TimesOfSanDiego.com claimed seven first-place awards, six second-place awards and seven third-place awards at the Jo & Vi Jacobs Center near Lincoln Park.

Times of San Diego staff includes (from left) Ken Stone, Editor and Publisher Chris Jennewein, Cassia Pollock and Chris Stone. Photo by Pauline Repard
Chris Jennewein of Del Mar, founding editor and publisher of Times of San Diego, said: “This is a tribute to the creativity, enthusiasm and hard work of our team of contributing editors. To go from startup to best local news website in just two and a half years is a real achievement. I couldn’t be more proud and grateful.”

Some 425 people attended the 43rd annual awards dinner, sampling fare from 30 local restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Press Club executive director Terry Williams said members submitted a record 1,200 entries in daily, nondaily, magazine, radio, TV and college media categories. Nearly a dozen other press clubs did the judging, including ones in New Orleans; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver; Rochester, New York; San Francisco; and (for the first time) Alaska.

Tom Gable shows off pewter mug in accepting the Andy Mace Award for outstanding contribution to public relations. Photo by Ken Stone

San Diego radio veteran Cliff Albert, news director at KOGO, received the Harold Keen Award for outstanding contribution to journalism. Former Tribune business editor Tom Gable, who founded The Gable Group in 1976, won the Andy Mace Award for outstanding contributions to public relations.

And native San Diegan and radio veteran Mary Ayala — now executive producer at KOGO — won the Jim Reiman Award for enlightened media management.

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April Harter Enriquez of Wordpop Public Relations handed the president’s gavel to Pauline Repard, crime and public safety reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, who smiled and said she would accept her post “since the results turned out the way they did,” adding amid laughter: “Another election rigged by the media.”

Turning serious, Repard told members of one of the largest press clubs in the nation they will continue to struggle with “our image as the evil media.”

“We’ll need to ensure that we present our stories in a fair and ethical way,” said Repard, the 41st club leader since its founding in 1973 — and the sixth straight female president.

Best of show awards were given in these categories:

  • Best Television Entry: JW August, Mari Payton, Lynn Walsh, Jay Yoo for “Songs: A Nuclear Problem,” NBC 7/39
  • Best Nondaily Newspapers Entry: Pam Crooks, Suzan Peterson, Patti Anderson for “Balboa Park Beyond 1915: Legacy of the Exposition San Diego Business Journal”
  • Best Magazines Entry: Darlene Davies, Bill Abrams, Chloe Pedersen, Mia Park for “Celebrating 100 Years of the San Diego Zoo Ranch and Coast Magazine”
  • Best Websites Entry: San Diego Zoo Global Staff for San Diego Zoo Kids
  • Best Radio Entry: Jean Guerrero for “Tijuana Migrants Hide In Tunnels As Police Raids Turn Deadly,” KPBS-FM
  • Best Daily Newspapers and Web Entry: Peter Rowe, Howard Lipin, Luis Cruz, Rod Huerto, Ruby Gaviola for “How a Girl Born at Two Pounds Became a Happy Boy,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Wildcard Category: Miriam Raftery for “Border Fire leaves Residents Burned over Bureaucratic Bungling,” eastcountymagazine.org
  • Rising Star (for a professional with five or fewer years): Leonardo Castaneda, inewsource.org

Times of San Diego contributors won these awards:

First-place awards

Second-place awards

Third-place awards

Mary Ayala of KOGO (right) displays her Jim Reiman Award for enlightened media management alongside Sally Hixson (left) of KPBS and Jeanne Ferris, awards chair. Photo by Ken Stonemore
KOGO's Cliff Albert (left) displays his Harold Keen Award for outstanding contribution to journalism along side (from left) emcee Barbarella Fokos, Jeanne Ferris and CW6 and KOGO's Phil Farrar. Photo by Ken Stonemore
Outgoing San Diego Press Club President April Harter Enriquez presents a flower bouquet of thanks to Terry Williams (right), club executive director. Photo by Ken Stonemore
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