2004 Sacramento Bee Article Awards

BEST OF THE WEST, (March 2004)
Rex Babin took first place in Editorial Cartooning with a portfolio that included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger groping under the skirt of the goddess Minerva on the state’s Great Seal and Halliburton executives in a limousine lined up behind U.S. tanks in Iraq saying, "Are we there yet?" "Babin's work was amazing," the judge wrote. "His unique drawing style and rye wit coupled with his sharp sense of satire made him the Best in the West. Rex's cartoon of Halliburton waiting to drive into Iraq was a blistering attack, and his cartoons on the California recall mess were strong and quite funny."
Columnist and political commentator Daniel Weintraub won first place in the Best of the West contest, with three columns on the California recall election that ousted Gov. Gray Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Weintraub was early to spot a momentous development in California Politics -- the recall of Gov. Gray Davis and the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and wrote uncannily prescient columns making sense of what was going on," the judge wrote. "Anyone wanting to understand those events even now can hardly do better than to read what Weintraub had to say."

Scripps Howard Foundation's NATIONAL JOURNALISM AWARDS, (March 2004)
Associate Editor Tom Philp won first place for editorial writing in the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards for "The Water Barons," his editorial series on California water districts. Philp will receive $5,000 and the Walker Stone Award trophy. Philp was honored for editorials written in 2003 that explored the inner workings of water districts in the Sacramento area and throughout California. Philp's original reporting found that many water districts receive scant attention from voters and function with little outside oversight. He also found examples around the state of a pervasive culture of self-dealing and self-enrichment among water district officials.

Associate Editor Tom Philp won first place for editorial writing for "The Water Barons," his editorial series on California water districts. The Bee also received two second-place honors in the competition: in the category of Public Service for the series, "Liberty in the Balance," by Sam Stanton and Emily Bazar; and for "Nations Within" by Steve Magagnini in the category of news series.

61st annual PICTURES OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL (POYi) competition, (March 2004)
Bryan Patrick received an Award of Excellence as Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his portfolio, which included a photo essay of an Ecuadorian tribe living with the legacy of oil-polluted water. Judges considered Patrick's portfolio to be fourth-best in the world this year. In addition to Patrick's award, Manny Crisostomo was awarded first place in the newspaper division/spot news for his photograph of a protester caught in a tug of war between California Highway Patrol officers and protesters at the International Agricultural Expo conference in Sacramento last June. Paul Kitagaki Jr. received an Award of Excellence in sports for a photograph of San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Lloyd catching a touchdown pass. POYi is sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is one of the largest and most highly respected photojournalism contests.

Scott Howard-Cooper won a Top 10 award in the project category for his two-part story on NBA referees. The Finals Frontier, the Bee's NBA playoff preview section, received an honorable mention in the special sections category.

Society of News Design's 25th annual BEST OF NEWSPAPER DESIGN competition, (March 2004)
The Bee received Awards of Excellence for two special sections -- "An Election Like No Other," a pictorial history of the California recall campaign and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's election, and "State of Denial," which examined California's impact on the world's environment.

Reporter Deb Kollars received a special achievement award for her series, "Paying for Schools," that looked at the system for the public financing of education in California.

2003 Sacramento Bee Article Awards

COMMUNITY SOCIAL IMPACT Award, (February 13, 2002)
Mareva Brown was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers. Mareva will receive the Community Social Impact Award in recognition of her contribution to further the interests of social workers in California. The Award Ceremony is scheduled for March 3.

2002 HAYWOOD BROUN Award, (March 4, 2003)
Andy Furillo has won the 2002 Haywood Broun Award for his two-part series on the decline of Franklin Villa. Furillo's work was selected from 125 entries from the United States and Canada. The judges called Furillo's work a "classic example of investigative reporting" in the best tradition of Heywood Brown.

2002 THOMAS L. STOKES Award, (March 29, 2003)
Dale Kasler and Stuart Leavenworth have won the 2002 Thomas L. Stokes Award for their eight-part series, "Liquid Assets," about California's water crisis. The series ran on various dates from July 14 to December 24, 2002. The series probed the depths of the water crisis facing California - the economics, environment and egos at work in shaping the state's water market.

APNEC 2002 Award, (April 3, 2003)
The Bee has won three second-place awards among large-circulation newspapers in the annual California AP contest, APNEC. Marjie Lundstrom was runner-up in the Columnist category for her piece, "Looking for a Hero." This was the first of her columns about a girl who was raped at Laguna High School. First went to Steve Lopez of the Times.

BEST OF THE WEST Award, (April 7, 2003)

Category: Growth and Development Reporting Award
Dorothy Korber has been awarded second place for "Building Influence," a three-part series that tracked campaign contributions made by developers to local politicians. "Dorothy is to be commended for drawing attention to the river of money that has increasingly driven her community's elections as the development pressures continue to mount," the judges wrote. "The reporting used vivid examples to flesh out the decade-long analysis of contributions, thus taking the series far beyond the database journalism that could well have lost readers in the numbers. Instead, the series achieved a high degree of approachability."

Category: General Interest Column Writing Award
Margie Lundstrom has been awarded second place for columns about the 15-year-old victim of a gang rape at a high school, a highway worker killed on the job by a suspected drunken driver, and women who help other women who are suffering in poverty or illness. "Strong opinions backed up by smart, detailed reporting," the judges wrote.

Category: Business and Financial Reporting Award
Lisa Rapaport has been awarded second place for her 2-part series "Region feels pain of high hospital bills, Rates top state's other big urban areas." This story hits home at an issue that is crucial for most readers - the cost of health care," the judge wrote.

2003 VIVIAN CASTLEBERRY Award (April 28, 2003)
Margie Lundstrom, Bee columnist and senior editor, has been awarded first place in commentary in a national competition run by the Association for Women Journalists. Lundstrom was cited for her columns drawing attention to reduced funding for publicizing an "Abandoned Baby Law" in California. The governor and state officials later restored the funding. There were three runners-up in the commentary category, including Bee columnist Diana Griego Erwin. The 2003 Vivian Castleberry Award was presented last weekend at a banquet in Dallas.

2003 ECONOMIC JOURNALISM Award (May 16, 2003)
Dale Kasler and Stuart Leavenworth have won the Institute on Political Journalism's Economic Journalism Award.

The National Women's Political Caucus has recognized Bee reporter Dorsey Griffith with an award for her series on children and their medications. The 2003 Exceptional Merit Media Award (EMMA) for outstanding editorial or news analysis is for Griffith's "Kids on Meds" series, which explored the effects of prescribing drugs to children with problems such as obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The award is given for coverage and support of women's issues, according to a news release from the caucus. Entries were from across the country and the winner was selected by a panel of media experts assembled by Arizona State University's Women's Studies Program, the release states. The award will be given on June 14 in Washington, D.C.

The Bee won five awards from the CNPA, including first place prizes for environmental reporting and front-page design. Bee Staff writers Dale Kasler and Stuart Leavenworth earned a first-place award in environmental reporting for their series, "Liquid Assets," which detailed the growing business of water sales in California. The Bee also won three second-place awards. Second-place went to sports columnist Marcos Breton for his commentary on various topics, including the selection of Oakland A's shortstop Miguel Tejada. Second-place honors in the special-issue category for its section, "9/11: How We've Changed," which marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Bee photographer Bryan Patrick's second-place award came in the sports photo category. His entry showed Anaheim Angels baseball players in jubilation as they won the 2002 World Series.

Three Bee reporters won the top two spots in public service/in-depth reporting in a national contest sponsored by the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, a national organization of journalists who cover state governments. Dale Kasler and Stuart Leavenworth won first place for their coverage of California's water battles, particularly disputes over water marketing between farms and cities. Deb Kollars won second place for her coverage of a complicated area of school financing known as "categoricals," special pots - or categories - of money earmarked for specific purposes.

The WALLACE STEGNER Award (September 24,2003)
The Sacramento Bee was among nine Western newspapers recognized for exemplary environmental coverage the last two years. The Bee's new staff received the first Wallace Stegner Award, part of a unique contest sponsored by The Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR). Unlike most journalism contests, the Stegner Award is not based on entries from newspapers. Instead, an IJNR research team spent more than two years reviewing the daily coverage of 285 Western newspapers. The judges cited The Bee's coverage of air pollution and water issues and its multipart series "State of Denial" by Tom Knudson, which examined the international consequences of California's consumption of resources, as highlights of its commitment to coverage of the environment.

The Population Institute Best Editorial Support (December 3, 2003)
Robert Mott received this award for his editorial on U.S. family planning overseas.

Photo Awards/2003 Sacramento Bee Awards

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association (SFBAPPA), (March 27, 2003)

Bryan Patrick
2nd Place / Newspaper Photographer of the Year
2nd Place / Portrait Personality "A World on Your Shoulders"
Award of Excellence / Feature Photography "American as Apple Pie"

Jose Luis Villegas
First Place / Sports Feature Photography "One Win Away"
Award of Excellence / Feature Photography
Award of Excellence / General News "Civil Rights Leader"

Manny Crisostomo
First Place / Portrait Personality "Gloria's Ruby Slippers"

Lezlie Sterling
First Place / Picture Story "No Diagnosis"

Hector Amezcua
Third Place / Sports Feature Photography "Eye of the Bull"

Brian Baer
Award of Excellence / Spot News Photography "Class is Canceled"

National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism, (April 4, 2003)
Brian Baer was awarded first place in the domestic news category of the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism competition for his photograph "Class is Canceled" in which CHP Officer Kelly Baraga investigates the crash of a Mazda RX76 that flew through the air into a computer classroom.

California Press Photographers Association Gold Seal Contest , (April 8, 2003)

Category: General News
Lezlie Sterling was awarded first place for "Pet Funeral."

Category: Sports Action
Bryan Patrick was awarded third place for "Angel Jube."

Category: Feature Story
Lezlie Sterling was awarded second place for "No Diagnosis."

Category: California Photographer of the Year (May 23)
Lezlie Sterling was awarded second place in this category.

APNEC 2002 Award, (April 3, 2003)
The Bee has won three second-place awards among large-circulation newspapers in the annual California AP contest, APNEC. Manny Crisostomo took second place in Portraits for his photograph of Leona Bagay from Book of Dreams. First went to Spencer Weiner of the Los Angeles Times. Bryan Patrick took second place in News for his photograph of a mansion destroyed in the Loomis fire last fall. First went to former Bee photographer Carolyn Cole of the Times.

Bee photographer Bryan Patrick's second-place award came in the sports photo category. His entry showed Anaheim Angels baseball players in jubilation as they won the 2002 World Series.

Graphic/Illustration/2003 Sacramento Bee Awards


Category: Illustration April 2003
Charles Waltmire ganered third place with a smiling woman wearing an "M" shirt standing atop a clock to illustrate a "Menopause is cool" story. "I was struck by the sophistication of Chuck's illustration," the judge wrote. "While the work is basically a stylization utilizing a collage-like construction, it has life-like qualities in certain elements -the face, the clock - which helps create a connection or sense of recognition for the reader."

McClatchy President's Award

The NBA playoff series between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers provided the subject of extensive coverage in The Sacramento Bee that "you didn’t have to be a jock to love," one judge said.  "It combined good presentation, good graphics, great game reporting and just plain fun.  It perfectly captured the passion of the team and the community" by the Sacramento Bee sports, photo, and graphics staffs.

GRAPPLING WITH GROWTH, a three part series dealing with growth problems off Highway 50 was written by Stuart Leavenworth, Mary Lynne Vellinga and Chris Bowman.

NWPC (National Women’s Political Caucus (2002) EMMA Award

BROKEN LIVES series by Mareva Brown was published June 10-13, 2001. Through personal accounts of foster children's lives, it illustrated the pitfalls of a crowded system. It has been honored with the following awards:

  • California First Amendment Coalition’s Bill Farr award, an award given for depth of reporting/effort to open government records.
  • 2002 Exceptional Merit Media Award (EMMA). This is a first place.
  • The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) award. First place.
  • The Child Welfare League of America's top award for "outstanding coverage of critical issues affecting children," including her series of stories about children in foster care. The award is named for Anna Quindlen, author and former New York Times columnist. Quindlen was the national award's first recipient.
  • The Sacramento County Child Care Coalition's annual Community Service Award for outstanding work on behalf of children and their families.

Harry Chapin Media Award

DIRT CHEAP, a series looking at the continued exploitation of farm workers, by Andy Furillo won first place.

  • The Harry Chapin world hunger award, tied for first place with the Associated Press, beating out entries including two from the New York Times.
  • One of five finalists for the Sidney Hillman award, a prestigious national award given to journalists investigating social justice issues.

Best of the West

Several Bee reporters have won first-, second- and third-place honors in the 2002 Best of the West journalism contest for newspapers in 13 Western states.

MENDING THE PAST by Stephen Magagnini won first place in immigration and minority affairs.  The project explored the issue of reparations for African Americans, Japanese Americans and American Indians.

GRAPPLING WITH GROWTH, a three-part series dealing with growth problems off Highway 50, won second place and was written by Stuart Leavenworth, Mary Lynne Vellinga and Chris Bowman.

Second place for growth and development reporting. The judges had these comments: "Many papers produced stories with a similar slant, but the Bee’s execution was extraordinary," the judges wrote. "The report ran for three days and examined important local issues: gridlock, sewage problems and creek pollution. The series was more comprehensive than any entry in this contest category. And the graphics by Scott Flodin were terrific, showing readers that Sacramento sprawl would get worse – and where the bottlenecks would develop."

In the category of general reporting, The Bee's Deb Kollars won second place for ON THEIR OWN. This project looks at California high schools' independent study programs, which allow students to pursue degrees outside traditional school settings.

Tom Knudson won third place in environment and natural resources reporting for ENVIRONMENT, INC. The report examined the high-powered fund raising, the litigation and the public relations machine that have come to characterize much of the environmental movement.

First Amendment Funding Inc. runs the Best of the West contest, an Arizona nonprofit corporation dedicated to fostering good journalism and promoting freedom of information.

The contest is for newspapers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

(CELSOC) AWARD (Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California)

GRAPPLING WITH GROWTH, a three-part series dealing with growth problems off Highway 50, was written by Stuart Leavenworth, Mary Lynne Vellinga and Chris Bowman.

American Planning Association Award

Honorable mention among large newspapers in the annual American Planning Association contest.

MENDING THE PAST, a three-day series examining the issue of reparations for African Americans, Japanese Americans and Native Americans. It ran in October 2001, by Stephen Magagnini.

  • Best of the West, first place for Immigration and Minority Affairs Reporting. This is the second consecutive year Steve has won this award.
  • ASNE diversity writing award, second place. Last year Steve won first place.

ENVIRONMENT INC. by Tom Knudson, was honored with these awards:

  • National Headliners, second place for Environment and Natural Resources reporting.
  • Associated Press Managing Editors, second place for investigative reporting.

ON THEIR OWN, an investigation of independent study programs in California high schools, by Deb Kollars, second place in news feature writing by the Education Writers Association.

(Note: Deb is also a finalist in another education writing contest in several categories for three separate articles written last year. We are waiting for final word.)

C. Everett Koop Media Award

Bee staff writer, John Schumacher, won his third consecutive Koop Media Award for his feature article BACK IN THE SWING. An article about stroke survivor Claire Borland and how she used golf as part of her recovery.  The American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate sponsors the contest.

The American Society on Aging honored Nancy Weaver Teichert  with an honorable mention in the local and regional news media category for her news coverage on aging issues.

CNPA 2001 Better Newspapers Contest

The Sacramento Bee has received eight awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association 2001 Better Newspapers Contest, including five first-place honors.

  • Sports coverage, Nov. 18 and 19.
  • Page Layout and Design, June 28 and 29.
  • Feature Photo, Brian Patrick
  • Special Issue, Book of Dreams
  • Local Spot News, Soltys captured, 8/31, Bee Staff
  • Spot News Photo, Sept. 11, Brian Patrick
  • Sports Photo, Dec. 8, Brian Patrick
  • Illustration, InfoGraphic, July 4, Margaret Spengler

The Bee won first place for page layout and design (work by Jon Williams), spot news photo, sports photo, illustration or info graphic and special issue. The newspaper also received second-place awards for local spot news, sports coverage and feature photo.

Bryan Patrick was honored with three of the awards. His image of a CHP officer being treated by emergency personnel after a murderous rampage by Joseph Ferguson received first place for spot news photo. A photo of an Elk Grove football player celebrating a victory took first place for sports photos and his portrait of a rock 'n roll group, The Brodys, took second place for feature photos.

Margaret Spengler won first place in the illustration or info graphic category for her art accompanying a story about how people have trouble singing the Star-Spangled Banner.

BOOK OF DREAMS received first place for special issues. The section was written by Gwen Crump, photographed by Chris Crewell and designed by Lisa Roberts Hahn.

The Bee's staff received second place for local spot news for its coverage of the Soltys shootings.

The association also gave four awards to The Sacramento Bee's Neighbors division in categories for weekly newspapers.

The Neighbors Arden-Carmichael edition won first place for photo essay, a Florence Low project on a local synchronized swim team. The East edition won first place for spot news photo, an Anthony Santos photo of patriotism on an overpass. In addition, the Northeast edition won two second-place awards, for front-page design and photo essay, a Brian Baer look at a little schoolhouse's last graduation.

2002 Casey Metals for Meritorious Journalism

Marjie Lundstrom has been awarded second place in the 2002 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism.  The awards recognize coverage of children and families in the United States.  There were more than 200 entries.

Lundstrom was cited for her page A3 columns on the "Safe Arms for Newborns" law in California, making a case for state funds to help publicize a law that allows parents to leaver unwanted newborns 72 hours and younger at hospitals with fear of punishment.

The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families is a program on the School of Journalism at the University of Maryland and is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

PASS Award

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency has recognized Bee Staff Writer Mareva Brown with a PASS Award for her 2001 series on children in foster care, BROKEN LIVES.

The nonprofit organization, based in Oakland, issues its Prevention for a Safer Society awards to journalists who explore issues affecting youth and crime prevention.

In her series, which ran in June 2001, Brown illustrated the pitfalls of the crowded foster-care system by chronicling the lives of foster children over a two-year period.

National Education Award

Sacramento Bee writer Deb Kollars has won the 2002 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers for her news story on independent study programs, titled ON THEIR OWN.

In the story, published June 3, 2001, Kollars explored the world of students enrolled in a local program called Visions in Education, which was then the newest, largest and fastest-growing of the study-at-home schools.

The Association of Educational Publishers is a national nonprofit whose members include those who produce school and teacher publications, children's magazines and educational software, as well as a variety of education foundations and organizations.

Kollars also was a finalist in two other categories, feature writing and series.

ON THEIR OWN began this way: "Vacuuming the house. Working at Toys 'R' Us. Filling in workbooks. Reading Stephen King. Getting computer spreadsheet lessons from a neighbor. This is what high school has come to look like for some students at Visions in Education, a popular charter school created by the San Juan Unified School District."

After the story ran, state legislation was passed to more closely regulate the programs.

John Templeton Award

Bee staff writer Jennifer Garza has been named a finalist in the 2001 John Templeton Award for Religion Reporter of the Year.  Garza has been recognized for her diverse coverage of religions and her in-depth looks into such issues as the chaplaincy program at the Sacramento jail and sexual abuse by Catholic priests.


The Pictures of the Year International Competition, sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism, annually recognizes excellence in photojournalism and selected Sacramento Bee photographer Chris Crewell for the following two awards:
  • General Division / Science and Natural History
    Chris Crewell, Award of Excellence, The Sacramento Bee, LASER EYE SURGERY
  • Newspaper Division / News
    Christopher Crewell, Third Place, The Sacramento Bee , FATAL FIRE REACTION

(NPPA) National Press Photographer Association Award, international competition.

Photo editing for the front page of 9/12/01 coverage of the World Trade Center attaches in New York: Sacramento Bee given an Award of Merit, the equivalent of a fourth place.

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association

Bryan Patrick

Second Place, Newspaper Photographer of the Year
Second Place, Spot News Photography, OFFICER DOWN
First Place, Sports Feature Photography, FAN SUPPORT
Award of Excellence, Sports Feature Photography, THE HUSTLER

Jose Luis Villegas

First Place, Best Barry Bonds Photograph, TIED AT 70

Chris Crewell

Award of Excellence, Spot News Photography, FATAL FIRE REACTION

Hector Amezcua

Award of Excellence, Sports Feature Photography, OUT OF CONTROL