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.