The 2011/2012 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California & Central Valley


Awards Gala Ceremonies:
Thursday, July 19, 2012
5:30 - 8:00 PM

KQED Studios
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Below is a complete list of the winners for the 2011/2012 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California & Central Valley:

  • Outstanding Hyperlocal Report/Feature:
  • English-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Jaya Padmanabhan - India Currents
  • Runner-Up - Leslie Layton - Chico Sol
  • In-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Weijiang Huang - Sing Tao Daily
  • No Runner-Up
  • Outstanding Investigative/In-Depth Story:
  • English-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Rebecca Plevin - Vida en el Valle
  • Runner-Up - Rhony Laigo - Balita Media
  • Honorable Mention - Maria Kari - ILLUME Media Inc.
  • In-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Wei Wei Ren - Sing Tao Daily
  • Runner-up - Erika Cebreros - El Mensajero
  • Outstanding Commentary/Editorial Essay:
  • English-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Emil Guillermo - AALDEF Blog
  • Runner-Up - Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan - India Currents
  • In-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Benjamin Pimentel -
  • No Runner-Up
  • Outstanding International Reporting:
  • English-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Sunita Sohrabji - India West
  • Runner-Up - Raywat Deonandan - India Currents
  • In-Language Publications:
  • First-Place Winner - Ricardo Ibarra - El Mensajero
  • No Runner-Up
  • Outstanding Arts, Culture, & Entertainment Story:
  • First-Place Winner - Fanny Chiang - Sing Tao Daily
  • Runner-Up - Ricardo Ibarra - El Mensajero
  • Outstanding Sports Story:
  • First-Place Winner - Juan Esparza Loera - Vida en el Valle
  • Runner-Up - Shawn Liu - World Journal
  • Outstanding Photojournalism:
  • First-Place Winner - Manuel Ortiz - El Mensajero
  • Runner-Up - Jose Luis Aguirre - El Mensajero
  • Honorable Mention - Weijiang Huang - Sing Tao Daily
  • Outstanding Youth Voice:
  • First-Place Winner - Yee Leng Vang - The Know Youth Media
  • Runner-Up - Kevin Shelton - The Know Youth Media
  • Honorable Mention - Youth Radio - Sayre Quevedo & Derek Williams
  • Outstanding Community Reporting - Radio:
  • First-Place Winner - Jenee Darden - Mental Health & Wellness Radio
  • Runner-Up - Shuka Kalantari - produced in line with a NAM fellowship - aired on KALW Public Radio
  • Outstanding Community Reporting - Television:
  • First-Place Winner - Jo Wan, KTSF 26
  • Runner-Up - "Adobo Nation" production team - Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion; Jeremiah Ysip; Mitos Briones; and Mike Carrion - The Filipino Channel - for "Voices of the Filipino/Fil-Am Authors" feature
  • Honorable Mention - Racquel Rendon-Walker - "Adobo Nation" - The Filipino Channel - for "Sustainable Farming" feature
  • Outstanding Community Blogger:
  • No First-Place Winner
  • Runner-Up - Lorna Lardizabal Dietz -
  • Honorable Mention - Ben Fong-Torres -
  • CHAUNCEY BAILEY COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD - Willie Ratcliff and the San Francisco Bayview
  • DIVERSITY / INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS COVERAGE AWARD - Sponsored by PG&E - KTSF 26 & San Francisco Chronicle
  • EMERGING MEDIA AWARD - Pov M. Xyooj, Hmong TV Network

    Odette Keeley

    NAM Awards Chair - California


    Distinguished Judges Evaluate Over 100 Entries for NAM Ethnic Media Awards for NorCAL and Central Valley!

    NAM is pleased to announce we received an impressive 112 award entries for our 2011/2012 Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California and the Central Valley Awards. The entries came from a wide array of ethnic and youth media outlets in the region, serving Latino, African-American, Middle Eastern, and Asian communities, including Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Hmong and South Asian groups.

    We are honored to have a distinguished roster of close to 30 judges from a variety of media outlets and organizations who evaluated these outstanding entries, including our very own veteran NAM editors and ethnic media monitors. These judges are recognized experts and leaders in their respective fields.

    Our esteemed judges will join us as we salute the outstanding journalism work of ethnic and youth media outlets in the region for the past year, during our much-awaited Awards Gala, co-hosted by KQED at their San Francisco studios on July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm. We are also honored to have Bay Area journalism icon and the multi-awarded TV host of KQED's "This Week in Northern California," Belva Davis, as our Awards Gala emcee and honoree.

    PG&E, the founding sponsor of the awards event, is underwriting an award to the news organization to be selected by judges for Outstanding Coverage of Interracial/Inter-ethnic Relations.

    Look out for future announcements with more details on how to register to attend the gala.

    NAM Awards Judges Roster:

    • Cristina Azocar - Director, Center for Integration & Improvement of Journalism [CIIJ]; Asst. Prof. of Journalism, San Francisco State University
    • Jim Bettinger - Director, John S. Knight Fellowships, Stanford University
    • Louis Freedberg - Executive Director, EdSource
    • Michael Isip - Vice-President, Television, KQED
    • Raj Jayadev - Executive Director, Silicon Valley De-Bug
    • Paul Kleyman - Director, Elders News Beat, New America Media
    • George Koo - Member, Pacific Council for International Policy; Former Director, Chinese Services Group, Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP
    • Andrew Lam - Author; Editor/Vietnamese & Pan-Asian Media Monitor, New America Media
    • Claudia Mendoza-Carruth - Board President, La Luz; multicultural communications professional
    • Susan Mernit - Founder, Oakland Local
    • Allen Meyer - Head of Creative Development, New America Media/Graphic Artist
    • Thomas Peele - Digital Investigative Reporter, Bay Area News Group/The Chauncey Bailey Project
    • Vivian Po - Dir., Education News Beat, Chinese Media Monitor, New America Media
    • Raul Ramirez - Executive Director, News & Public Affairs, KQED Radio
    • Susan Rasky - Sr. Lecturer, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
    • Martin Reynolds - Senior Editor - Community Engagement, Bay Area News Group
    • Joseph Rodriguez - Documentary Photographer
    • Richard Rodriguez- Award-winning Essayist/Commentator
    • Peter Schurmann - Editor, NAM
    • Charles Shepler - Manager, Programming - Comcast Hometown Network
    • Elena Shore - Editor, NAM
    • Michael Stoll - Executive Director, San Francisco Public Press
    • Pueng Vongs - Online Editor/ Writer, Yahoo!
    • Joan Walsh - Editor-at-Large,; and Political Analyst, MSNBC
    • Yumi Wilson - Acting Department Chair and Adviser, Journalism Department, San Francisco State University
    • Bernice Yeung - Reporter, CA Watch & the Center for Investigative Reporting [CIR]

    NAM would also like to thank our NAM editors and staff who helped with the preliminary judging and translating of awards entries:

    • Elena Shore, Editor
    • Suzanne Manneh, National Media Coordinator; Governance Project Co-Manager
    • Irma Hererra, Co-Director, Women Immigrants Project
    • Liz Gonzalez, Marketing/Youth Communications
    • Jessica Arevalo, Youth Policy Coordinator
    • Rene Ciria-Cruz, Contributor/ Reporter, Governance Project
    • Jacob Simas, Director, Youth Hubs; Editor
    • Mai Der Vang, Director, The kNOw Youth Media
    • Malcolm Marshall, Publisher, Richmond Pulse
    • Paul Kleyman, Editor; Director, Elders News Beat
    • Andrew Lam, Author; Editor; Vietnamese & Pan-Asian Media Monitor
    • Kay Leventhal, Marketing Director
    • Viji Sundaram, Editor
    • Vivian Po, Dir., Education News Beat; Chinese Media Monitor
    • Aruna Lee, Reporter; Korean Media Monitor
    • Summer Chiang, Reporter; Chinese Media Monitor
    • Min Lee, Videographer
    • Josue Rojas, Multimedia Reporter
    • Zaineb Mohammed, Reporter; Governance Project Co-Manager


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    Dear Colleagues,

    New America Media and KQED invite you to join us to honor the outstanding journalism work of ethnic media journalists and news organizations for The 2011/2012 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Northern California and the Central Valley Awards Gala on July 19, 2012. More details also embedded in our Save the Date card below.

    It is a privilege for NAM to partner with our long-time collaborator, KQED, which will host our Awards Gala at their San Francisco studios with a reception starting at 5:30 pm and the awards ceremonies to be held from 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM.

    We are honored to have Bay Area journalism icon Belva Davis as our Awards Gala emcee and honoree. She is the multi-awarded TV host of KQED's "This Week in Northern California," and NAM will take the opportunity during the programme to salute her groundbreaking achievements that have helped carve a path for journalists of color.

    2012 NorCal Awards