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East County News Service

October 27, 2015 (San Diego Press Club) – East County Magazine picked up three first place awards and two second places in the San Diego Press Club’s 42nd annual “Excellence in Journalism Awards.”

Our editor, Miriam Raftery, won first place in multicultural coverage for her report, “Christian homes marked, families killed: East County residents rally to save Iraqi Christians.”  She also took first place for public service/consumer advocacy journalism with “Lakeside residents and planners voice outrage over sand mining proposed in El Monte Valley.”

A dramatic photograph of a powerful storm downdraft in La Mesa submitted by Kathleen Coates-Hedberg took first place for breaking news photography.

Raftery received second place in the health and medicine category with “County changes ambulance service without public notice; public safety advocates voice alarm.”  In addition, she placed second for environmental reporting with her  story, “County cleans up dirt dumped in Cleveland National Forest after ECM inquiry.

All entries were in the daily newspaper and websites category.

The latest awards bring East County Magazine’s total to 88 journalism awards received since our inception in 2008.  Our editor, Miriam Raftery, was also recently honored with a Women in Leadership award from the San Diego-East County Chamber of Commerce.

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