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Kasia Anderson
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Adam Elkus
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Alexis Camins
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Allen Barra
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Allen McDuffee
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Amelia Pang
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Amy Goodman
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Amy Wilentz
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Andrew Nagorski
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Awards

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Gender/LGBTQ Reporting

- Amelia Pang, "Native American Rape Survivors Tell How Deck Is Stacked Against Them"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Political Commentary–National

- Paul Street, "An Insubordinate President"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Commentary on TV/Film

- Staff, "What Happened to the Female Directors of Hollywood?"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Political Column/Commentary—Election

- Sonali Kolhatkar, "We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast"

National Arts and Journalism Award: First Place, Paul Von Blum, Books/Arts/Design

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Investigative

- Amelia Pang, "Who’s in the Kitchen at Chinese Restaurants?: An Investigative Report, Part 1"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Editorial Cartoon

- Mr. Fish, "Go Back to Sleep, America -- Nothing to See Here"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Celebrity Feature

- Staff, "30 Years Gone, and Oh, How We Still Love Orson Welles"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Book/Cultural Critic

- Tim Riley, "The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Political Column/Commentary

- Chris Hedges, "Days of Revolt: We Are All Greeks Now"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Activism Journalism, All Platforms

- Bill Boyarsky, "Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Entertainment Reviews, Online

- Natasha Hakimi Zapata, "I Am the Beggar of the World"
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