CalCoastNews wins media award

May 22, 2013

CalCoastNews won an award for Media Advocate of the Year from the Area Agency on Aging, following a series of stories regarding the treatment of the homeless in San Luis Obispo County.

The award, recognizing the news site’s coverage of issues impacting seniors, was presented to reporter and CalCoastNews co-founder Karen Velie during the agency’s Celebration Tea at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo on Thursday.

Congresswoman Lois Capps provided a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, citing CalCoastNews’ “outstanding and invaluable service to the community.” Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian provided CalCoastNews with a signed Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature.

In making the award, Area Agency on Aging officials noted that CalCoastNews “recently wrote eight articles about the homeless situation of seniors and others in San Luis Obispo County. Each article was written with caring compassion and included heartbreaking scenarios of those who live under our bridges and on our streets.”

“It’s particularly gratifying to us that this is an award from our own community,” said Velie. “It’s a real honor.”

The series, “Keeping Them Homeless,” was reported and written by Velie, Dan Blackburn and Josh Friedman with editing by Bill Loving.




  1. vmmill42 says:

    I could not agree more with this timely award. Cal Coast News is a journalistic asset to this community. The Area Agency on Aging is a very reputable organization and the additional kudos from Lois Capps and Katcho A. make this recognition all the more newsworthy. Congratulations CCN.

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  2. Myself says:

    Very nice I’m impressed that CCN has been noted by people up the ladder, this puts a little different perspective on this news establishment,unlike some people would like to think of it as tabloid news it now has more credibility attached to it. Congratulations all.

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  3. DJ says:

    Congratulations Cal Coast News! Well deserved!

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  4. karma2come says:

    Congratulations on a job well done! Hopefully others will see that these stories are worthy of recognition and contain truths that other news sources are too afraid to report! CalCoastNews is head and shoulders above the rest! Way to go Karen, Dan, & Josh!

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  5. slophocles says:

    It’s just the beginning for Cal Coast News. I was just on the KSBY site to take a look at their homelessness expose and it was sad. I hope they and the Tribune and New Times continue to duck stories like CAPSLO because as far as I am concerned, Cal Coast News is the only credible news source in the county at this point. Congratulations on your award, and on being the best and most trustworthy news source in the area.

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