Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Reno Dispatch Wins Six San Diego Press Club Awards



With all the very talented writers and reporters residing here in San Diego County, it was a sincere honor to have won eight awards, including four First Place awards, at Tuesday's San Diego Press Club 43rd Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards.

It was an especially good night for the national news blog you're currently reading. The Reno Dispatch captured six awards, including First Place for our feature on Arthur Lincoln Winters, a World War II hero who fought the Germans, then the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for 70 years to get the disability benefits he earned.

We also took First Place for our take on the problematic relationship between the United States and the Saudi government, and for our glowing review of Coronado's Il Forniao restaurant. This brings the grand total of journalism awards for this little news blog to 26 in the four years we've been up and running.

I'm also proud to have won First Place for my exclusive Yahoo News profile of Paula Pedene, the original whistleblower at the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs. Pedene broke her long silence to talk to us about her frustrations with the embattled Phoenix VA, which manipulated wait times for veterans seeking care. As a tragic and inexcusable result, many of these veterans died waiting to see a doctor.

I also won recognition for my Healthline story on the presidential primaries that took an in-depth look at where each of the candidates stood on veterans' health issues.

Other stories that won awards on Tuesday include my preview of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson's performance of the classic "Pet Sounds" album; my rant against manipulative and wildly insincere pop sensation Taylor Swift; and my happy recollection of the San Diego Chargers' epic upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game.


Thanks to everyone who reads and supports our work.

THE SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB 43rd ANNUAL EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARDS
October 25, 2016

First Place:

Daily newspapers and websites - Military
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch

Daily newspapers and websites - Column
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch

Daily newspapers and websites - Profile
By Jamie Reno
Yahoo News

Daily newspapers and websites - Restaurant Reviews
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch

Second Place:

Daily newspapers and websites - Essay/Commentary/Opinion
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch

Daily newspapers and websites - Sports
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch

Third Place

Daily newspapers and websites - Election Coverage
By Jamie Reno
Healthline

Daily newspapers and websites - Arts & Entertainment Reporting
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch

For a complete list of the winners, please click here


3 comments:

  1. Congratulations Jamie. You are such a compassionate reporter. It is greatly appreciated.

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    1. Thank you, Paula. It takes a passionate person to know one. :)

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