Climate dominates S.F. Press Club Awards for Bay Area magazines

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Hello, Climate readers!

As editor of Climate, I wanted to let you know that our magazine won 20 out of the 34 prizes for magazines and trade publications presented December 8 at the San Francisco Press Club’s 45th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards.

Climate’s staff and contributors received seven first-place awards and completed four 1-2-3 sweeps in the competition’s 13 editorial and graphics categories. In three other segments, Climate took two out the press club’s three awards.

It was our second strong performance in a row. Last year, the magazine earned 17 awards, including first prize for overall excellence.

According to the press club, the contest received a record 424 entries from newspapers, magazines and digital media. Judges included members of press clubs from around the country.

Perhaps most impressive for Climate was Creative Director Jim Kirkland’s “hat trick,” in which he swept first, second and third place in three categories—cover design, feature layout design and feature photography. Jim also showed he could write, capturing second place for sports features, in which Climate contributor Dan Brown won first and third.

Climate’s recognition this year reflects the excellence of our former editor, Janet McGovern, who retired June 30 and still writes for the publication. All of the stories submitted by Climate were produced during her tenure.

Thanks to all of you for being loyal readers and supporters.  Climate couldn’t exist without you!

Following are Climate’s winners in their respective categories.


Jim Clifford, “History columns by Jim Clifford”—First place.

Cover Design

Jim Kirkland, “Friends with Faux?”—First place.

Jim Kirkland, “Loneliness: The Other Epidemic”—Second place.

Jim Kirkland, “Redwood City’s Split with the 49ers”—Third place.

Feature Story / Serious Nature

Don Shoecraft, “What’s on Tap for a Thirsty Bay Area?”—First place.

Elizabeth Sloan, “Loneliness: The Other Epidemic”—Second place.

Feature Layout Design

Jim Kirkland, “What’s on Tap for a Thirsty Bay Area?”—First place.

Jim Kirkland, “Marine World 2.0?” – Second place.

Jim Kirkland, “Motorcycle Madness”—Third place.


Scott Dailey, “Divorce NFL Style: The 49ers’ romance with Santa Clara is getting rocky. For Redwood City, it’s déjà vu.”—First place.

Janet McGovern, “Charging into the Future”—Third place.

Photography / Feature

Jim Kirkland, “Marine World 2.0?”—First place.

Jim Kirkland, “What’s on Tap for a Thirsty Bay Area?”—Second place.

Jim Kirkland, “Student Pilots Get a Big Lift”—Third place.

Sports Feature

Dan Brown, “The Unlikely Olympian”—First place.

Jim Kirkland, “Motorcycle Madness”—Second place.

Dan Brown, “Football Coach Engineers a Miracle Comeback: His Wife’s”—Third place.

Business/Technology Story

Christopher J. Palermo, “The California Texodus”—Second place.

Jill Singleton, “From a Corporate Helm to Developing a Marina: Mark Sanders”—Third place.

Feature Story / Light Nature

Nick Veronico, “Remembering the 1945 Navy Plane Crash in San Carlos Hills”—Third place.