The Berkeley Daily Planet won three awards in the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2009 annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner, held June 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.
Riya Bhattacharjee won first place in the Breaking News category for her March 5, 2009 story about the death of a LeConte Elementary school student (“Investigation Continues into Kindergartner's Death") and second place for Continuing Coverage on the incident. The Daily Planet competed in the non-daily newspaper category.
Justin DeFreitas won first place for Editorial Cartooning for all categories (daily papers, weeklies and magazines). DeFreitas also won second place for Editorial Cartoons for "here" magazine (published by the Marin Independent Journal).
Bay Area print journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 167 awards of excellence in nine divisions and 36 categories for their work in 2009.
The awards span the 11 counties of the Greater Bay Area. The winners were selected from 394 entries from media professionals by judges from the Bakersfield Press Club, Milwaukee Press Club, the Press Club of New Orleans and the Press Club of Southeast Texas.