Friday, April 25, 1997

Press Club contest winners (1997)

Greater Bay Area reporters, editors and photographers were honored tonight at the Peninsula Press Club's 20th Annual Professional Journalism Awards dinner.

The press club presented 58 Awards of Excellence in 29 categories to highlight its annual awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame. First and second place winners received engraved plaques. The competition covered work published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1996

Leah Garchik, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, was mistress of ceremonies.

Lorry Lokey, founder of Business Wire, received special recognition from the Peninsula Press Club for his 50 years of outstanding service to journalism and public relations in the Bay Area.

Winners of the Press Club's Herb Caen Scholarship were introduced. Scholarships valued at $1,500 went to Elizabeth Brennan of Acalanes High School and Marcus Walton of San Jose State University.

A special $750 scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Paige of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

The annual Bonnie Chastain Community Service Award was presented to Brian Sussman of KPIX-TV for his "Brian's Kids" program which helps find suitable homes for youngsters in need.

Founded in 1972, the Peninsula Press Club is one of California's largest nonprofit organizations for news media and public relations professionals.

The winners

Editorial

1st -- Tim Redmond, Bay Guardian

2nd -- John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle

Column

1st -- Dave Murphy, San Mateo Times

2nd -- Joanne Jacobs, San Jose Mercury News

Spot News/Individual Effort

1st -- Rob Shea, West County Times

No Second

Spot News/Team Effort

1st -- Staff, San Francisco Chronicle

2nd Staff, San Jose Mercury News

General News/Individual Effort

1st -- William Carlsen, San Francisco Chronicle

2nd -- Lisa Reynolds, West County Times

General News/Team Effort

1st -- Kristin Huckshorn & Tim Larimer, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Susan Sward & Bill Wallace, San Francisco Chronicle

Feature Story/Light Nature

1st -- Kenneth Howe, San Francisco Chronicle

2nd -- Jill Kramer, Pacific Sun

Feature Story/Serious Nature

1st -- Jim Doyle, San Francisco Chronicle

2nd -- Jill Kramer, Pacific Sun

Series/Individual Effort

1st -- Reynolds Holding, San Francisco Chronicle

2nd -- Aurelio Rojas, San Francisco

Series/Team Effort

1st -- Pete Carey & Esther Schrader, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Melody Peterson & Rebecca Smith, San Jose Mercury News

Business Story

1st -- Michael Lietke, Contra Costa Times

2nd -- Ted Appel & Tim Tesconi, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Feature Photo

1st -- Kent Porter, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

2nd -- Pat Tehan, San Jose Mercury News

Sports Photo

1st -- Michael Rondou, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Jim Gensheimer, San Jose Mercury News

Photo Series

1st -- Kent Porter, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

2nd -- Richard Hernandez, San Jose Mercury News

Best Photo/Weeklies

1st & 2nd -- Maggie Heinzel-Neel, San Francisco Business Times

Entertainment Review

1st -- Stephen Whitty, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Karen Hershenson, Contra Costa Times

Page Makeup

1st -- Bryan Monroe & Sue Morrow, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Nan Williams & Jim Fremgen, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Headline Writing

1st -- Mark Sachs, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Sal Pizarro, San Jose Mercury News

Specialty Story

1st -- Joyce Gemperlein, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Stephen Whitty, San Jose Mercury News

Sports/News Story

1st -- Renee Koury & Sam Farmer, San Jose Mercury News

2nd -- Jay Heater, Contra Costa Times

Sports/Feature Story

1st -- Lowell Cohn, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

2nd -- Tim Keown, San Francisco Chronicle

Sports Column

1st -- Lowell Cohn, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

2nd -- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News

General News Stories/Weeklies

1st, Tie -- Pia Hinkle & Savannah Blackwell, both San Francisco Bay Guardian

2nd -- Lorna Fernandes, San Jose Business Journal

Feature Story/Weeklies

1st -- Jill Kramer, Pacific Sun

2nd -- Wendy Lapides, Pacific Sun

Page Makeup/Weeklies

1st -- Staff, Bay Guardian

2nd -- Mike Kimball, San Francisco Business Journal

Column-Editorial/weeklies

1st -- Dick Sparrer, Concord Transcript

2nd -- Bernie Silver, San Jose Business Journal

Light Feature/Magazines

1st -- Anne Chappell Belden, Bay Area Parent Magazine

2nd -- Kristin Garber, San Francisco Examiner Magazine

Serious Feature/Magazine

1st -- John Hubner, West Magazine (San Jose Mercury News)

2nd -- Mark Leibovich, West Magazine (San Jose Mercury News)

Spot News Photo

1st -- Annie Wells, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

2nd -- John Burgess, Santa Rosa Press Democrat