Friday, October 28, 2005 | Voice of San Diego staff won first place for “Overall News Site” at the San Diego Press Club’s 32nd Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, presented Thursday evening at the Shelter Point Hotel and Marina.

More than 300 awards were given to members of local newspaper, magazine, radio, television and Web organizations for work published or produced between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2005. Voice of San Diego, which began publishing in February of this year, took home 17 awards in all.

Among the winners were political writer Andrew Donohue, who swept the breaking news category for daily newspapers, receiving first, second and third place awards for his work on former Mayor Dick Murphy and the city’s pension troubles (“Murphy’s Tenure Marked By Missed Warning Signs,” “Six SD Officials Charged in Pension Scandal,” and “Figures Detail Controversial Pension Benefit”).

Senior editor Neil Morgan won first place in the column category for daily newspapers for his column, “Returning With A New Voice.”

Evan McLaughlin, a staff writer, placed second in the headline-writing category and received third place for his political story, “A Question of Ethics,” about the city of San Diego’s Ethics Commission.

Staff writer Scott Lewis won second place in the commentary category for his column on the pension fund investigation, “The Abrogation Proclamation.”

Other members of the Voice staff also received awards for work published at previous publications, including Will Carless, Claire Caraska, Tom Shanahan and Marsha Sutton.

For a complete list of award winners, visit

– CLAIRE CARASKA, Voice Staff Writer

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