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SFBay honored as best Bay Area online news site

Truly local media startup SFBay won ten awards at Saturday’s San Francisco Peninsula Press Club 37th annual banquet, including first place for overall excellence for web-only publications.

SFBay was awarded seven first-place plaques in the broadband category, including overall excellence, breaking news, news story, continuing coverage and headline. SFBay won second place in multimedia and interactivity.

SFBay Director of Photography Scot Tucker won four awards for still photography, including a sweep of the top sports awards with first-place in both sports action and sports features.

Judges recognized the speed and thoroughness of SFBay’s Asiana Airlines Flight 214 coverage in awarding Coburn Palmer, John Marshall and Mike Hendrickson first place for breaking news.

Jessica Kwong and Jesse Garnier were honored with best news story for uncovering rampant spending abuses at San Francisco’s Elks Lodge No. 3.

And SFBay transportation editor Jerold Chinn’s comprehensive coverage of Muni won first place in the continuing coverage category.

SFBay editor Jesse Garnier smiled broadly as he congratulated staff and supporters after the banquet:

“Thanks to you, the hardest-working and worst-paid staff in Bay Area news and sports, SFBay is doing more with less than anybody in the country. I’m proud to lead SFBay as we work to change the Bay Area media landscape.”

Former SFBay staff also won a total of eight awards with their new publications.

San Francisco Examiner reporter Jessica Kwong hauled home six awards, including first place for newspaper series recognizing her story on the eviction of San Francisco’s Lee family.

Former SFBay editor Elena Kadvany won two awards for the Palo Alto Weekly, and Angela Ruggiero was recognized for work for The Daily Post.

Recent San Francisco State University journalism graduate Brian Rinker received the $1,500 Herb Caen memorial scholarship, recognizing the Capitola man for courage and perseverance in completing his college education.

Clare Varellas of Acalanes High School in Lafayette was awarded the Jack Russell memorial scholarship, in honor of the Press Club’s founding board member who died earlier this year at 87.

Student editors Catalina Zhao and Danielle Yacobson represented The Oracle of Henry N. Gunn High School in Palo Alto as the general excellence winner of the Press Club’s High School Journalism contest.

The Daily News won first place for overall excellence in daily newspapers, and the San Francisco Business Times took first place for non-daily papers.

Overall, 192 first-, second- and third-place awards were given from 392 total entries in 11 Bay Area counties. Entries were judged by the Press Clubs of Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County and San Diego.

SFBay wins 10 2013 SFPPC awards

  • Overall Excellence, web only, ““, Jesse Garnier, Scot Tucker, Sarah Todd, Miles Garnier, Robert Hernandez, Andreas Tzortzis, Gerhard Stochl
  • First Place, Breaking News, broadband, “Two dead, dozens hurt in SFO crash landing,” Coburn Palmer, John Marshall, Mike Hendrickson

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