Awards & Alumni

When you vote to approve V.O.I.C.E., you not only approve funding to keep institutions accountable and the public informed, you also support one of the nation’s most awarded and well-regarded journalism labs.

The Daily Cal wins dozens of national and statewide awards per year, including top awards in new media and online categories. The paper is also the starting point for top journalists and professionals.


The Daily Cal was declared the Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper in 2010 by the Society of Professional Journalists. It also won 22 awards for its content in 2011. While the rankings have not been announced yet, the paper has won awards in the following categories:

California College Media Association
General Newspaper Excellence
General Web Site Excellence
Best News Series (Jessica Rossoni, Jason Willick, Damian Ortellado, Amruta Trivedi)
Best Breaking News Story (Weiru Fang and Anjuli Sastry)
Best News Story (non-breaking) (Jordan Bach-Lombardo)
Best Feature Story (Katie Dowd)
Best Personal Opinion Column (Casey Given)
Best Arts & Entertainment Story (Ryan Lattanzio)
Best Arts & Entertainment Column/ Criticism (David Liu)
Best Sports Story (Jack Wang)
Best Sports Story (Katie Dowd)
Best Features Photography (Evan Walbridge)
Best Photo Series (David Herschorn)
Best Sports-Page Design
Best Back to School or Orientation Issue
Best Special Section
Best Blog
Best Multimedia Presentation
Best Use of Social Media
Best Use of Social Media
Best Video
Best Online Promotion
Society of Professional Journalists (CA/NV/AZ/HI)
In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/University (Dream State)
Online In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/University (Dream State)
Sports Writing-4 Year College/University (Katie Dowd - Scar Tissue)
Sports Writing-4 Year College/University (Jack Wang - Go father, go further)
Best Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University (
General Column Writing-4 Year College/University (Casey Given - Given columns)


For more than a century, the Daily Cal has launched the career of countless media and business professionals. Below is a small sample.

Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone founder
David Corvo, senior executive producer of primetime news for NBC
Bob Bazell, health czar at NBC
John Kenneth Galbraith, renowned economist
Joan Didion, renowned author
Maggie Higgins, Pulitzer-winning war correspondent
Walter Hoadley, former Bank of America chief economist
John Emshwiller,
Wall Street Journal senior national correspondent
John Oppedahl, former S.F. Chronicle publisher
Trish Hall, New York Times Op-Ed Editor
Ken Weiss, L.A. Times writer and Pulitzer winner
Thomas Kinkade, renowned artist, ‘Painter of Light’
Michael Silver, Yahoo Sports columnist
Jonathan Rodgers, president and CEO of TV One
Joe Pichirallo, chair of the Undergraduate Film & Television program at NYU
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
Margaret Talbot, New Yorker staff writer
David Lazarus, L.A. Times columnist
Henry Schulman, S.F. Chronicle Giants reporter
Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post
Allen Matthews, S.F. Chronicle assistant managing editor
Ron Gong-Lin, L.A. Times reporter
Mark Gladstone, head of the California Senate Office of Research