Charles Burress, Local Editor for Albany Patch and Berkeley Patch in California, swept the 36th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards winning seven awards. The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club honored winners in 41 categories that were selected from a pool of almost 500 entries across 11 Bay Area counties.
His 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. Before coming to Patch, Charles worked for many years as a writer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times and the United Nations.
When asked about the awards, Charles said, "I think the recognition belongs to the entire Patch team. My role can be played only because of the larger Patch enterprise created and sustained by the hard work and talent of many others. I mean not only the platform and tools but also the support and inspiration I receive from colleagues."
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