Chris Von Kroog gets help from a friend to push his mobility scooter towards his storage unit after the battery died overnight, San Diego, June 3, 2022. Von Kroog was one of 12 people Zoë Meyers followed for a photo essay that won awards from the San Diego Press Club. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

Journalism about issues top of mind for San Diegans drove inewsource to nine first-place and 16 total awards in this year’s San Diego Press Club contest. 

Cody Dulaney and Zoë Meyer’s coverage of homelessness in San Diego won the sole honor in the contest’s housing insecurity category. 

Cody’s reporting raised questions about the city’s strategy for policing homelessness and challenges providing adequate shelter for a growing unhoused population. Zoë’s photojournalism told the story of 12 unhoused San Diegans on their uncertain paths to housing, and her watchdog reporting helped keep a once-unhoused resident in his home. 

Other first place awards went to: 

Jennifer Bowman, for her reporting on mental health conservatorships.

Jill Castellano, for her coverage of a San Diego neo-Nazi fleeing the U.S. to escape prosecution for hate crimes, her exclusive reporting on racism allegations within the San Diego Police Department and her series reporting with KPBS on police misconduct and transparency. 

Dulaney, for a radio feature detailing an investigation into the death of a veteran rehab center resident.

Anita Fisher looks toward a photo of her son at her home in Spring Valley, Aug. 16, 2022. Jennifer Bowman’s award-winning reporting in part followed what happened when Fisher’s son was placed on a conservatorship, a decision that puts some of an individual’s most significant life choices in the hands of someone else.(Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

Sofía Mejías-Pascoe, for her reporting on San Diego’s struggle to hire bilingual poll workers and her investigative reporting on the trend of drug cartels targeting U.S. border crossers for use as unknowing carriers, or “blind mule” smugglers; and

Crystal Niebla, for her reporting on inequities in how $1.8 billion in developer impact fees benefit communities.

Coral Peters skates at Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park, Aug. 24, 2022. Crystal Niebla’s award-winning reporting found that roughly $30 million in development fees helped pay for the park and recreation center, highlighting disparities. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

More honors went to reporting that explored:

inewsource congratulates all the San Diego Press Club winners on their awards.

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Jamie Self joined inewsource as deputy managing editor in June 2021. Previously she was the senior editor of politics and state government for The State newspaper, a McClatchy news organization in her home state of South Carolina. Before becoming an editor, she was an investigative reporter on The State’s...