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By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Three East County Magazine writers received honors in San Diego Press Club’s 2018 Awards of Excellence presented this week.  All were entered in the online and daily newspapers category, bringing our total to 112 journalism awards as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Paul Kruze,  contributing editor, won first place for business writing for his article, “Plans for El Cajon Cremation Facility Going Up In Smoke.

Jonathan Goetz won a first place domestic travel writing award for  his in-depth  reviews of the Borrego Valley Inn and Palm Canyon Hotel RV resort as destinations for stargazing travelers.  This article was made possible by a County community enhancement grant for our “Weekend Getaways – Backcountry Treasures” series highlighting unusual destinations in San Diego County’s inland region. 

ECM Editor Miriam Raftery and Kruze shared a second place political reporting award for their article, “Kalasho gets slapped: Countersuit against accusers thrown out by San Diego judge.”  The judge found El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho’s countersuit to be a SLAPP suit, an illegal action meant to intimidate people from exercising constitutional rights of free speech and seeking redress of grievances in court. 

Kalasho has bashed ECM and other media reporting on his legal troubles as “fake news.” Thanks, San Diego Press Club, for affirming the value of our “real news” reporting in the public interest.

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Awesome :-)

Excellent journalism everyone!


Congratulations on being to journalism the exact opposite of what Bessmon Kalasho is to politics.