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October 29, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-East County Magazine picked up 11 more awards in San Diego Press Club’s 2014 Excellence in Journalism awards on October 28th, bringing our total to 80 journalism awards since our launch in 2008.

This year’s awards including winners in the following categories: breaking news, environment, general news, investigative reporting, political/government, public service/consumer advocacy, criminal justice, health and medicine, radio special reporting and radio feature categories.

To read and hear our award-winning reports, click "read more" and scroll down.

East County Magazine Editor and Radio Show Producer Miriam Raftery said, “I am is pleased at this recognition from San Diego Press Club for our dedicated team of reporters, photographers and broadcast journalists. Our team includes interns, citizen volunteers and media professionals who have all worked hard to provide news in the public interest.”

“Out of the Ashes,” our special radio report on the 10th anniversary of the Cedar Fire which aired on KNSJ and was produced by Miriam Raftery, received a first place award for specialty reporting.  This special report had previously also won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ competition.  (Note: radio link may take a minute to load.)

Our intern Jessica Richmond received a first place award for environmental reporting in the daily newspapers and websites category for her article titled “An ecological disaster in the making?” examining the history and impacts of major energy projects in our region  She also shared a third place award with editor Miriam Raftery in the criminal justice category for a story titled, “Sheriff response times in rural areas raise concerns.”

Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery received a first place integrated media award in the health and medicine category for “A Hearty Recovery,” documenting Leon’s recovery from open heart surgery on our radio show and news website. See our story, hospital interview, and Leon’s heartfelt message.

Tom and Nadin Abbott’s coverage of the Chariot Fire on Mount Laguna earned a third place award for breaking news, for their story titled “Historic Lodge at Shrine Camp, Sierra Club’s Foster Lodge cabin among 108 buildings destroyed in Chariot Fire.”  Nadin Abbott also took a second place award in the general news category for her “Six States? Ballot Initiative Effort Seeks to Split California” story.

East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery  won seven awards, including several shared with other staff members .  In addition to those already mentioned, Raftery won second place for environmental reporting with a story titled “SOITEC fails to disclose truth about impacts of solar projects.” She picked up another second place award for public service/consumer advocacy for a story titled “Why is County Veterans Services ignoring rural East County vets?” That story resulted in passage of a measure by County Supervisors to bring veterans services to rural libraries.

Raftery won a third place investigative reporting award for her article titled “Was it fraud? Experts raise serious questions after low first-year energy production at Ocotillo Wind.” In addition, she took third place in the political/government category for her coverage of events that led to the resignation of El Cajon’s mayor, with an article called  “Mayor Lewis in controversy over comments on Chaldeans.”

Mark and Cody Clement shared a third place radio feature award for their entertaining “Wildest Jobs” interview with a rodeo clown in Lakeside,  aired on East County Magazine’s radio show here on KNSJ.




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