Accolades for Guild journalists

Dai Sugano and Karen de Sá are receiving a Public Service Award for “Drugging Our Kids.”
Dai Sugano and Karen de Sá are receiving a Public Service Award for “Drugging Our Kids.”

Hats off to several Guild brothers and sisters who on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, will receive Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter.

The accolades are going to Karen de Sá, Dai Sugano, Daniel Brown, Karl Mondon, LiPo Ching, Jim Gensheimer and Patrick Tehan of the San Jose Mercury News; Phillip Reese of the Sacramento Bee; and former long-time Guild member Bernie Beck, recently retired from the San Francisco Chronicle.

The awards dinner is to take place at The City Club, 155 Sansome St., San Francisco. Online ticket purchase is available at Here’s some detail on the Guild members’ award-winning work:

De and Sugano are receiving a Public Service Award for “Drugging Our Kids,” a deeply researched, multi-angle story package offering powerful examples of foster children’s experiences.

Brown is receiving a Feature Storytelling Award for “The Pitcher and the Patient,” recounting Giants’ pitcher Sergio Romo’s friendship with a girl who was dying of cancer during the team’s 2012 championship season.

Mondon’s photo of a burglary suspect perched atop a three-story Victorian-style house during a 13-hour standoff with police has earned him a Photojournalism (breaking news, individual) Award.

Ching is receiving a Photojournalism (portfolio) Award for images that, judges said, “display incredible composition, capturing moments that tell strong stories.”

Gensheimer is getting a Video Journalism (essay) Award for “A Community Built on Care,” which illustrated the challenge of caring for poor people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tehan’s photo of Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy celebrating at a World Series victory parade has earned him a Photojournalism (single image) Award.

Reese, who is with the Bee’s Data Tracker unit, is getting a Data Visualization Award for using data tools to tell complex, local, community-oriented stories.

Beck is receiving the Unsung Hero Award for 35 years of service on the Chronicle copy desk, on which he was chief from 2005 until his retirement last July. Though in a management position during those final 10 years, he remained a strong Guild supporter.

Richard Knee

Guild Vice President-California

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