The winning story, "Army: toxic cleanup is not our problem" by staff writer Daniel DeBolt, examined a fight over responsibility for the cleanup of toxic vapor contamination from TCE at Orion Park.
The Better Newspaper Contest awards were announced Saturday, April 27, at the California Newspaper Publishers Association's annual meeting held this year in Universal City. The awards are divided by circulation category and daily or weekly publication.
The Voice also won recognition for its coverage of local government, finishing in the top 10 percent of newspapers statewide with honorable mentions for its stories "NASA wants to dump Hangar One, airfields" and a story about the reaction to a car crash that killed a pedestrian waiting at a bus stop, "Ware's death spurs calls for California Street revamp."
The Voice's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, was honored as best large newsweekly in California and, for the fourth year in a row, PaloAltoOnline.com was named best news website in its category in an annual journalism competition. The Weekly picked up nearly a dozen other awards in categories including photography, local government and arts and entertainment coverage.
Voice photographer Michelle Le won second place in two categories — photo essay and feature photo — for her work for the Voice's sister paper, the Almanac. The Almanac won five awards this year.
CNPA award winners are selected by a panel of 35 out-of-state journalists.