.Bohemian, Pacific Sun Win Five California Journalism Awards

The North Bay Bohemian and Pacific Sun won five awards in the 2020 California Journalism Awards, the California News Publishers Association announced Tuesday, May 18.

All told, the two papers claimed two first-place awards, one second-place award, and two fourth place finishes. In addition, weeklies owned by the San Jose-based Weeklys group won 42 additional awards, for a group total of 47. (Links to winning entries appear below.)

Bohemian reporters Chelsea Kurnick and Will Carruthers won a first place award for their coverage of last year’s racial justice protests. 

Pacific Sun columnist Nikki Silverstein won first place for her weekly column, with the judges commenting “Compelling writing along with top-notch reporting make this submission the clear winner in the category.”

Kurnick won a second place award for her enterprise news story “Sonoma County DACA Recipient Battles with DA’s Office Over DUI Charge.” The article showcased Kurnick’s ability to select “a very complicated subject and present it in a way where the reader can understand the entire issue, in-depth,” according to the judges.

Carruthers won fourth place for his enterprise article examining two diverging storylines which emerged after a bystander filmed a Sonoma County Sheriff’s dog biting a Graton man’s leg for over a minute last year. 

Arts editor Charlie Swanson won a fourth place award for his Pacific Sun profile of several up-and-coming North Bay teenagers.

First Place Awards

Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories

Over One Hundred Held Overnight In Unsafe Conditions

Report: Santa Rosa Police Violated Human Rights During Protests

Santa Rosa Considers Offering Alternative to Calling the Cops


Activist Occupies Sailboat in Latest Chapter of Battle for Richardson Bay

Lily White: String of Racist Incidents Show Marin County Has Work To Do

Second Place Award

Enterprise News Story or Series

Sonoma County DACA Recipient Battles with DA’s Office Over DUI Charge

Fourth Place Awards

Enterprise News Story or Series

Disconnect: Sheriff’s Media Management of Dog Bite Sparks Controversy


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