The Palo Alto Weekly walked away with 12 wins Saturday, Oct. 1, from the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards contest, presented by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, including best news article, serious feature story and ongoing coverage.
The competition, in which the Weekly's editorial team also placed third in overall excellence among non-daily newspapers, was judged by seven press clubs from across the country.
Bay Area media organizations, from TV and radio stations to daily and non-daily newspapers, all submitted work produced in 2015. Seven of the Weekly's journalists were among 100 individuals who received honors.
Here's a list of the work that was recognized Saturday:
• First-place news story about the City of Palo Alto's growing payroll, by Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner, "Payday at City Hall"
• First-place continuing coverage of Stanford University's handling of sexual assault cases, by Staff Writer Elena Kadvany, "Stanford under pressure"
• First-place serious feature story about the local impact of the Middle Eastern refugee crisis, by Staff Writer Sue Dremann, "Finding asylum"
• Second-place editorial about the need to take action in the wake of youth suicide by Publisher Bill Johnson, "Editorial: Beyond the anguish"
• Second-place news story about Palo Alto's failed leaf blower ban by Editor Jocelyn Dong, Sue Dremann, former Associate Editor Brenna Malmberg and Gennady Sheyner, "Blown away"
• Second-place continuing coverage of efforts to save the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, by Gennady Sheyner, "The fight for Buena Vista"
• Second-place serious feature story about the disciplining of Palo Alto High School teacher Kevin Sharp, by Elena Kadvany, "A question of boundaries"
• Second-place photo essay about a day in the life of the Baylands, by Photographer/Videographer Veronica Weber, "In a certain light"
• Second-place arts and entertainment review of the TheatreWorks show "Fallen Angels," by A&E Editor Karla Kane, "Devilishly good fun"
• Third-place feature photo of triplets playing at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, "Insect kids," by Veronica Weber
• Third-place arts and entertainment review of TheatreWorks' "Emma," by Karla Kane, "The original matchmaker"
• Third place in overall excellence for the Palo Alto Weekly staff.