FOSTER CITY -- The San Francisco Examiner won five reporting awards at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 37th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards on Saturday for news and a sports story published in 2013.
The prizes awarded to Examiner staff writer Jessica Kwong included first place in the series category for her scoop of the high-profile Ellis Act eviction of the Lee family, which has been considered the catalyst for media attention on housing displacement in San Francisco.
"A story that couldn't have been written without some great community contacts," judges said.
Kwong's reporting on evictions also won second place in the continuing coverage category. Her piece from a ride-along with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department's one-of-a-kind Eviction Assistance Unit won third place in the feature story of a serious nature category.
"The words 'compassion' and 'eviction' are seldom seen in the same sentence," judges said of the ride along feature. "But Jessica Kwong focused on their relevance in giving readers an insider's look at how the SF Sheriff reaches out to help people in crisis."
In the feature story of a light nature category, Kwong, whose main beat is transportation, won second place for her piece on a man's plan to save a portion of the old Bay Bridge for an eco-friendly home. It was "something really different and well-presented," judges said.
In the sports story category, Kwong was awarded second place for her coverage of the Warriors' season opener, in which she highlighted Golden State winning their largest season opener victory margin in franchise history the Hollywood way, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 392 entries from media professionals in the 11 greater Bay Area counties were judged by press clubs of Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County and San Diego.