West Coast Print Veterans Win Awards for Patch

Among the many first-place awards handed out Sunday night at the Los Angeles Press Club’s SoCal Journalism Awards was Online Journalist of the Year. That particular honor went to Martin Henderson (pictured) who, before his current duties with Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest Patch, spent a number of years working in San Diego for the LA Times.

Meanwhile, a little earlier this month up the coast, Charles Burress, local editor for Berkeley and Albany Patch, claimed several top prizes at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards. His resume includes stints at the Chronicle as both an editor and reporter:

Burress’ reporting won first place for News Story, Feature of a Light Nature and Headline, a category in which he won second and third place as well. Charles’s work includes reporting on milestone scientific discoveries at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as fun pieces like this one that explains the significance of President’s Day.

One of the best reasons to pull for Patch’s long-term survival is that the hyper-local hub is home to a number of displaced print journalists like Henderson and Burress. Henderson beat out Dylan Howard, formerly of Celebuzz, and Catherine Green of USC’s Neon Tommy for his LA Press Club prize.

[Photo by Craig Takata courtesy Patch]