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We grabbed five first-place awards at last night’s San Diego Press Club awards. Here’s a quick list of the first-place awards with links to the stories (the awards are for stories that ran from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008):
- Andrew Donohue and Will Carless won the top award in investigative reporting for daily newspapers and websites for “A Trail of Broken Promises,” an investigation into the Southeastern Economic Development’s Valencia Business Park development.
The story exposed a number of issues related to the project, including the ongoing financial relationship between the SEDC board chairman and SEDC-selected developer, Pacific Development Partners. Check out this page for the complete coverage of the aftermath and other SEDC investigations.
- Carless and Donohue won first as well in the politics/government category for an in-depth profile of Aaron Feldman, a reclusive real estate and car magnate who’d played a central role in last year’s scandal over the Sunroad office tower.
- Rob Davis took first in the science/technology realm with his series examining the thinning gray whales and the possible correlation to climate change.
- Kelly Bennett and Donohue grabbed first in the profile category for their two-part look at the extraordinary tales of George Gorton, titled “From San Diego to Moscow: George Gorton’s Strange and Wild Assignments.”
- Tom Shanahan took first for sports with this profile of Dawn Halfaker, a former local basketball star who lost her arm in Iraq.
We also won two second and two third place awards as well. Here’s a complete listing of the awards.
— voiceofsandiego.org staff