EMS SALUTES ALL THE MEDIA WHO SUBMITTED ENTRIES AND MADE THIS A REALLY COMPETITIVE CONTEST:

 

 

2020 California Ethnic Media Award Winners

 

Census Category

 

 

Rose Davis, Indian Voices: English Language Print/Online

Census and the Fourth Estate: Power to the People

 

Araceli Martinez, La Opinion: In-language Print/Online

Fears of not being counted persisted among Latinos

 

 

Crystal Liang, Sky Link TV: In-language Broadcast TV

SF Count Cooperates with Community to get everyone counted

 

Frank Blanquet, First Nations Experience (FNX): 

Culture Story: Census 2020

COVID Category

 

 

Kalynh Ngo, Người Việt Daily News: In-Language Print/Online

Vietnamese Doctor Alleviates Disparities in Border Towns

Christina Oriel, Asian Journal: English Language Print/Online

Two-part reporting series on COVID-19 pandemic in the Filipino community

Bernardino Claros, Steven Carter, Lucia Erazo, and Francisco Martinez

Lo Nuestro TV: In-language Broadcast TV

A special 1-hr report on COVID with live reporting from Los Angeles, Madrid, Washington, DC, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

 

John Thai Xuan Dinh and Ngoc Lan Thi Nguyen

Little Saigon TV: In-language Broadcast TV

Stepping up: Vietnamese community mobilized to help combat the pandemic and its impacts

 

Troy Espera, Steve Angeles, and Jon Santos

TAYO News/ABS-CBN: English Language Broadcast TV

Three-part reporting series about COVID-19 impacts in the Filipino community

 

 

 

Economic Crisis Category

 

Mariah Brown and Chuck Gibbs, Jr.

Black Voice News: English Language Print/Online

Housing Inequality Worsens As COVID pummels Black California

 

 

David Weijiang Wang, Sing Tao Daily: In-language Print/Online

Businesses go on the offense in critical times

 

Kayi Li, Sky Link TV: In-language Broadcast TV

Chinese restaurant Far East Cafe slated to close after 100 years during the pandemic

 

 

Immigration Category

 

 

Erick Huerta, LA Taco: English Language Print/Online

South Central swap meet faces uncertain future for immigrant owned businesses

 

 

Han Li, World Journal – SF: In-language Print/Online

Chinese DACA recipients want you to see them

 

 

Carl Johnson and Annette Nackie” Moli

PolyByDesign: English Video Streaming

Panel of experts discussing the urgent need for disaggregated data on Pacific Islanders during both the Census and pandemic.

 

 

Racial Justice Category

 

 

Julian Mark, Mission Local: English Language Print/Online Media

Maurice Caldwell had his conviction overturned a decade ago: city attorney says hes a killer

 

 

Thien Le, Nguoi Viet Daily News: In-Language Print/Online Media

Peaceful protest demands justice for Mr. Floyd in Westminster

 

 

Danny Morrison

Cesar Chavez Foundation: English Language Video Streaming

Three-part reporting on racial justice with a focus on Bakersfield, Central Valley.

 

 

 

Truc Ho Truong, SBTN: In-Language Broadcast TV

Three-part reporting series laid bare the social-political divisions within the Vietnamese communities in California/Texas against the background of racial protests across the country.

 

Kiyoon Kim, YTV America: In-Language Broadcast TV

Coverage of the Korean community’s involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles

 

 

Climate Change Category

 

 

Jorge Macias, Univision Online: In-Language Print/Online Media

“Devastating forest fires in California surpass record

 

 

Giovanni Albanese, Jr., India West: English Language Print/Online Media

“Napa wildfires ravage vineyards – how Indian American owned wineries largely escaped

 

 

Elections Category

 

 

Leslie Layton, Chico Sol: English Language Print/Online

Elections and Gridley’s political slumber

 

 

Ruslan Ghurziy, Slavic Sacramento: English Language Print/Online

“Why refugees from the USSR are voting for Trump

 

 

Juan Esparza, Vida En El Valle: In-Language Print/Online

“Portrait of the newly elected mayor Madera, a 63 year old postal service worker whos turning the town upside down

Julia Dudley Najieb, ONME News Media: English Language Broadcast TV

“Three-part reporting series on the coverage of the 2020 elections”

 

 

Commentary Category

 

 

Stephanie Williams, Black Voice News: English Language Print/Online

“Keeping It Real – Can you spell backwards, forwards”

 

Nestor Fantini, Hispanic LA: In-Language Print/Online

“Bomb Agrabah!: on the attack of the factual truth and the creation of the alternate realitty”

 

 

Henrietta Burroughs

East Palo Alto Today: English Language Video Streaming

“The Black Lives Matter movement: where do we go from here?”

 

 

Ruben Tapia, Radio Bilingue: In-Language Radio

Two-part series about lead poisoning in the underserved community of Southeast Los Angeles that has impacted thousands of homes and countless children.

 

 

Media Innovation Category

 

 

Henry Sales, Madeleine Bair, and Jacob Simas

An alliance of Radio BalamEl Timpano, and Oaklandside

Using online radio streaming in indigenous languages of Mam, Kakchiquel, and Quiche languages to provide news and information and a voice to the Mayan community in the SF Bay Area.

 

 

Special Commendation

 

Jeanne Ferris, News from Native California

“Parallel Worlds – the converging paths of the Nuumu, Newe, and Nisei in Payahuunadu

 

 

Ethnic Media Poet

 

 

Tony Lai, Khmer TV

Producing a reporting series on COVID health information and incorporate CDCs health advisory messages into Khmer language poems to inform the Cambodian community during the pandemic.

 

 

Youth Voices

 

 

 

Vansh Gupta, Siliconeer

Creating a platform called Gen-Z, which gives students a voice in the community to showcase the brilliant minds of tomorrow: their stories, struggles, and aspirations.

 

 

2020 California Ethnic Media Award Hosts

 

Pilar Marrero

 

Odette Alcazaren-Keeley

 

 

 

2020 California Ethnic Media Award Judges

 

Anthony Advincula, Claudia Mendoza-Carruth, and Debra Nakatomi

 

Fiona Chan, Gabriel Lerner, and George Koo

 

Dr. James Yu, Jaya Padmanabhan, and Dr. José Luis Benavides

 

Julian Do, Kaiping Liu, and Khalil Abdullah

 

Nell Bernstein, Philip Choi, and Pilar Marrero

 

Sandy Close, Sunita Sohrabji, and Tanu Henry

 

2020 California Ethnic Media Award Tributes

 

Ditas Katague, Director, California Complete Count, Census 2020 Office

Arturo Vargas, CEO of NALEO Education Fund

Mayra Alvarez, Children’s Partnership

David Hayes Bautista, Directory of the Center for the Study of Latino Health at UCLA

Rigoberto Reyes, Head of the Office of Immigrant Affairs for LA County

Vincent Pan, Co-director of Chinese for Affirmative Action

Jon Christensen, UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability

Thomas Saenz, CEO of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

Sandip Roy, Author and journalist, formerly of India Currents and New America Media

Jan Masaoka, Director of Cal Nonprofits

Ricki McCarroll, NUNA Consulting