Light staff captures Press Club awards

The La Jolla Light came home with three first place awards as well as a number of other kudos in the non-daily newspaper division in the recent San Diego Press Club competition.

The paper’s campaign to get potholes around La Jolla, “Fix our potholes — Now,” captured top honors in the Public Service/Consumer Advocacy category for editor Kathy Day and reporter Dave Schwab.

Publisher Phyllis Pfeiffer said, “While it is terrific to receive critical acclaim, I’m probably most proud of our public service recognition in covering the mundane issue of potholes. The subject might not rank in importance with the likes of the international economic situation or the Arab Spring, but on a day-in-and-out basis, it is probably one of the biggest annoyances in living in La Jolla.”

“And I’m tired of replacing tires,” she added.

Schwab also took first place in the Series category for his “Paths of La Jolla” features on places to walk and hike around the community.

Science writer Lynne Friedmann won first place in Columns for her Research Reports, second in Health & Medicine, and third in Science & Technology.

Sports editor Phil Dailey snared third place in Sports Reporting for his story about the La Jolla Prep basketball academy setting up shop in La Jolla.

Inga’s biweekly “Let Inga Tell You” columns earned second and third place in the Humor category third place in Columns, third in Essay/Commentary/Opinion.

She also took first in the Blog For/By Journalists category, and the Light’s theater critic Diana Saenger’s blog took second in that section.

The Light’s sister papers from the MainStreet San Diego group also brought home a collection of honors. Work from their writers and photographers appears sometimes in the Light.

Among the awards for the Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, Rancho Santa Fe Review and Solana Beach Sun were several second place honors for Marsha Sutton in the Education category, Essay/Commentary/Opinion, and Series.

Joe Tash took home second place for General News and Multicultural coverage, third place in Features.

Contributors for the north coast papers also won the Sports Photography division and took second in Profiles.

Poway Chieftain and Rancho Bernardo Journal reporters won the Reviews/Arts & Entertainment Category and took second place in Breaking News, Gardening, Food & Restaurant, and third in Health & Medicine and Political/Government.