Climate Magazine wins top Press Club award

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Climate Magazine was honored Thursday night with 12 awards in the 42nd Annual San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards, including first prize for overall excellence in the magazine category.

Climate’s Creative Director Jim Kirkland, Editor Janet McGovern and two columnists were also honored at the awards dinner in Burlingame for work they produced for the magazine during 2018.

Kirkland received five awards, four for his photography and a third place for a story he wrote about the Redwood City chapter of Miracle League baseball, for children with disabilities.

McGovern swept the headline-writing category, winning all three prizes, and won a third-place award for a feature she wrote on the Bay Area’s housing shortage.

Food columnist Emily Mangini received a first prize for several columns on that subject.  Climate’s history columnist, Jim Clifford, took home a second-place award.

More than 200 entries were submitted in the annual competition, which includes a variety of media including print, digital, broadcast and other forms. The entries were judged by press clubs in Milwaukee, San Diego, New Orleans and Cleveland.

The keynote address was presented by NBC Bay Area senior investigative reporter Stephen Stock. The press club also gave a First Amendment award to Kathi Duffel, a journalism teacher from Stockton and student writer Bailey Kirkeby.  The annual Bill Workman News Writer Award was presented to Michael Barba of the San Francisco Examiner.