Patch Wins at L.A. Press Club Awards

Patch took home four L.A. Press Club awards on Sunday night. Check out photos of the editors and the event.

Patch took home four wins at the 54th Annual L.A. Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards on Sunday night.

San Gabriel Valley Patch editors collectively won first place in the "Online News" category for coverage of the Nov. 30, 2011, windstorm, which caused unprecedented destruction and power outages in the foothills and Northeast Los Angeles. Patch editors were praised for their comprehensive and exhaustive reporting, which included breaking news, feature stories, photos and up-to-the-minute information.

Fellow Rancho Santa Margarita Patch editor Martin Henderson won first place in the "Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary" category.

Patch's coverage of the Seal Beach salon shootings also won kudos, with Seal Beach editor Paige Austin and Belmont Shore editor Nancy Wride taking third place in the Online News category for Scott Dekraai.

About 750 entries were submitted this year for just over 90 categories. The event was held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Here's the full list of winning Patch editors:

Here are some of the winning stories:

Paul Chavez June 25, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Congratulations fellow Patch editors! Good job and keep it up.
Sam Burgess June 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Kristen, where are you? All those photos & no Kristen.
Kelly Hartog (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Congrats all round! Go Patch!
Ted Trentman June 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Henry Montemayor June 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
congratz to all, including the person who introduced me to patch: ms hazel =) continued success in years to come
Kristen Lepore June 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
@Sam: I couldn't make it to the event last night. But thanks for noticing that I was missing from the pics. A big congrats to my awesome team!
Gayle M. Montgomery June 25, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Congratulations to the team, and a special thank you to Monrovia's Patch Editor, Nathan McIntire who does an incredible public service by keeping us informed.
Ellen Zunino June 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I second Gayle's comment. Congratulations!
Elizabeth Converse June 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Great work. Patch is a rising star!
Ken Stone June 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM
This is just a taste of what Patch does across the country. San Diego's team won 18 awards last October in that county's Press Club awards: http://patch.com/A-nlD8 Congrats from Paradise to our sister Patchers up north!
Kim Hughes June 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Dear Kristen & Patch: Congratulations and you deserve the recognition. You have been a wonderful addition to the community!!!
Hazel Lodevico-To'o (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Thanks Henry! Congrats to everyone! All the comments are well deserved!
John Stephens June 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Oh man! Congrats everybody! You guys are the best.
Nancy Wride (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Hi Ken, and Patch actually won a couple more. Martin Henderson won first place in sportswriting doing what Patch does best, hyperlocal, AND he won third place in the same sports writing category. (He believes his third place winner was actually the best.)
George Vreeland Hill June 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Congrats to Patch. Online news and everything else at its best. George Vreeland Hill
Gilda Moshir June 26, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Congratulations Jessica
Jerome Cleary June 26, 2012 at 05:44 AM
MarieSam Sanchez June 26, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Awesome accomplishment for all my Patch colleagues!!! *congrats* to all :)
James F. Mills June 26, 2012 at 09:27 AM
This is so exciting. Congratulations to all. Go Patch!!
Stephen McCarthy June 26, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Well done! I'm proud to have helped get Patch started here in Monrovia.
Mary Dawson June 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Congratulations!!! Nicole, you look beautiful!
Nicole Charky June 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Thank you, Mary! We appreciate all your support and how you keep up with all things Montrose!
Lorraine grindstaff June 27, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Congratulations Nathan and everyone at Patch! Very exciting!
Irene DeBlasio June 27, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I am stunned and terribly disappointed that Mike Szymanski didn't win an award for his brilliant treatment of 'Carmageddon' explaining the history and significance of the bridge. This is background most of us knew nothing about. It was without a doubt the most informative article I've read recently in ANY local newspaper, including the Los Angeles Times. If he was not nominated -- why not? He's done outstanding work in covering breaking news stories but "History Flows Through Sepulveda Pass" will remain a landmark article that SHOULD have been recognized by serious journalists. Mike, as we say in Nu Yawk, You was robbed!
Nancy Wride (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 04:10 AM
That was a great story. I ran it as well for all of the reasons you mentioned. He won a Patch West award for his work on that story, though, if it takes the sting out.....
Mike Szymanski June 27, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Thank you Irene, we don't call you Studio City's Den Mom for nothing... thanks for the support! There will be bigger and better stories and the recognition is just the icing on the cake :)
Paul Zollo June 27, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I agree - great writing.
Roger C. Memos June 27, 2012 at 05:17 AM
i am SHOCKED that Studio City PATCH didn't win any awards! what gives? In my estimation, they have some of the best writers in the L.A. area. I find their coverage of their neighborhood the most comprehensive around - and most of their stories really reflect what makes Studio City such a great place to live in. They don't just report the new, they tell stories about people and issues in the community that matter. So sorry to see they weren't winners. Keep up the good work Mike S & Studio City Patch Team - In my eyes, YOU FOLKS ARE WINNERS!!
Panglonymous June 27, 2012 at 06:08 AM
OMG, Martin, your hands, I am... speechless (BIG!) http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/patch-wins-at-l-a-press-club-awards#photo-10438259 Congrats, you surly SOB :-) -Pan
Jill Weinlein June 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Donna you look gorgeous. So happy for your WIN.


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