The Weekly competed against papers from around the greater Bay Area, including SF Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Business Times and weeklies run by the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers.
The Weekly's sister paper in Mill Valley, the Pacific Sun, also won two first-place awards.
The newspaper's first-place wins were for:
ï Editor Jay Thorwaldson's and city-beat reporter Bill D'Agostino's news story about the Palo Alto Utilities Department scandal, "Moonlighting utilities workers under investigation."
ï Education reporter Alexandria Rocha's continuing coverage of the pressure facing local school kids, "Student stress."
ï Land-use reporter Jocelyn Dong's analysis of the city's impending housing boom, "Here comes housing."
ï General-assignment reporter Sue Dremann's feature story on developmentally disabled adults and their bids to live independently, "Out on their own."
ï Thorwaldson's feature columns, including an essay about his son's battle with mental illness, which elicited an outpouring of community response.
ï Film critic Susan Tavernetti's review of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
ï Chief Photographer Norbert von der Groeben's feature photo, "Scattered showers," which captured the irony of a man toting an umbrella while walking past a sunbeam-filled California Avenue mural of poppies. In the photo category, von der Groeben competed against all local photographers at both daily papers and non-dailies.
ï Design Director Carol Hubenthal's page layout for a cover story about coaches accused of misconduct, "Abuse of power," which included an illustration by designer Dana James.
The paper won second-place awards and an honorable mention for:
ï Film critic Tyler Hanley's review of "The Chronicles of Narnia."
ï Senior Staff Writer Don Kazak's news columns, including his essay on "The last night at Rickey's."
ï City-beat reporter Bill D'Agostino's breaking news story about the close of Kepler's bookstore, "The end."
—Palo Alto Weekly Staff
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