Gabriel Dillard's feature story on the Carr brothers was a winner in the 30th annual Gruner journalism awards.

published on March 2, 2018 - 11:47 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Editor Gabriel Dillard won a first-place award in the Feature Story category of the 30th annual George F. Gruner Awards announced Thursday night.

The awards are named for Gruner, a Fresno Bee executive editor who retired in 1988, and they honor work published by San Joaquin Valley newspapers in a variety of categories including Public Service.

The awards are sponsored by the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism at Fresno State and The Fresno Bee.

Dillard’s winning story “The Carr Business” featured the philanthropic and business efforts of Derek and David Carr and their impact on the Central Valley. There were two other first-place winners in the Feature category — James Ward of the Visalia Times-Delta and Carmen George of The Fresno Bee.

The first-place winners in the Public Service category were Mackenzie Mays of The Fresno Bee, Harold Pierce and Stephanie Innes of The Bakersfield Californian and Greg Little with the Mariposa Gazette.

First place winners in the News Story category were Vikaas Shanker, Brianna Calix and Rob Parsons for the Los Banos Enterprise, Rory appleton with the Fresno Bee and Rob Parsons and Monica Velez for the Merced Sun-Star.

Marek Warszawksi with The Fresno Bee, Rob Parsons with the Merced Sun-Star and Greg Little with the Mariposa Gazette were first place winners for Columns, and Gail Marshall of The Fresno Bee, Mike Dunbar of the Merced Sun-Star and Reggie Ellis were winners in Editorials.

In the Sports category, Trevor Horn with the Bakersfield Californian, Shawn Jansen with the Merced Sun-Star and Matt Johnson with the Sierra Star were first-place winners.

For Sports Photo, Patrick Dillon with the Exeter Sun Gazette, Felix Adamo with the Bakersfield Californian and Ron Holman with the Visalia Times-Delta won first place.

In the News Photo category, Megan Voorhies with the Sierra Star and Felix Adamo with the Bakersfield Californian were first-place winners.

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