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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Katches’

California Watch Wins IRE Award

California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting won the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.

The award “recognizes the use of digital innovation in the gathering and/or delivery of watchdog and investigative news to its audience.”

The investigative reporting group won for “On Shaky Ground,” a series on the systemic failures by the state of California in ensuring public schools are seismically safe.

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NPR’s Susanne Reber Joins Center for Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting announced today that it has hired Susanne Reber as its senior coordinating editor for multiplatform projects and investigations. Reber will lead all national and international enterprise reporting efforts for The Bay Citizen and California Watch among CIR’s other properties.

“Susanne is a powerhouse in the investigative reporting community,” says CIR editorial director Mark Katches. “She has an established track record of producing high-impact investigative stories, telling them on multiple platforms and collaborating with major national media partners to make sure the stories reach as broad an audience as possible.”

Reber comes to CIR from NPR, where she was the deputy managing editor of the radio network’s investigative unit. She starts her new gig in June.

California Watch Wins the George Polk Award for Medical Reporting

California Watch has won the prestigious George Polk Award in the “Medical Reporting” category for its investigative series “Decoding Prime.” The series looked into the hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services and its habit of diagnosing an exceptionally large number of rare medical conditions which happen to garner lucrative bonus payments from Medicare. The stories were published in the in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Orange County Register, The Redding Record Searchlight and The Sacramento Bee.

“It’s a truly remarkable accomplishment to win a Polk award when you consider that California Watch didn’t even exist three years ago,” says California Watch’s editorial director Mark Katches. “It’s a tribute to the credible brand of reporting we produce here.”

Lance Williams, Christina Jewett and computer-assisted reporting specialist Stephen K. Doig were the lead journos on the story. Congrats to all!

California Watch Moves In with OC Register

Tomorrow marks the official opening of a third office for California Watch, the two-year-old state-focused arm of Berkeley’s Center for Investigative Reporting. The largest investigative journalism outfit in California already has outposts in Berkeley and Sacramento.

CW’s SoCal office is located in Santa Ana, within the newsroom of the Orange County Register. Initially, the staff will consist of two talented female journos: Joanna Lin (pictured), one of the organization’s two health and welfare reporters, and Ashley Alvarado, CW’s public engagement manager. There is room for visiting staffers and a future, likely 2012 intern.

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Berkeley Journalists Shake Up California’s Public Schools

Last night, the Berkeley headquartered Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) released the first of a three-part, 19-month investigation into seismic safety at California public schools. Flanked by today’s press release, the shocking revelations are being furiously picked up by local outlets all across the not-so-Golden State.

Mark Katches, editorial director of “California Watch”, the newer CIR state-focused project responsible for the report, has blogged the fascinating background details. The intrepid author of parts one and three, Corey G. Johnson, joined the organization in 2009 from the east coast; this, it turns out, is his first byline! Notes Katches:

For months, Johnson worked on the story alone in our Sacramento bureau under the supervision of his editor, Robert Salladay. He became a virtual embed at the Division of the State Architect. Routinely, Johnson hauled our 30-pound copy machine several blocks to make copies–cutting down on copying costs…

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California Watch Partners with Major Daily Newspapers

Last year, California Watch – a watchdog reporting initiative launched in 2009 by Berkeley’s non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting – sold stories on an individual basis to 80 different news outlets.

This year, they are aiming for more of a package deal, partnering with a limited number of media outlets to offer a set number of investigative stories and access to daily posts. They’re calling the new initiative the California Media Watch Network and announced the participation today of the Orange County Register, the San Diego Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, the Bakersfield Californian, the Fresno Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle. California Watch editorial director Mark Katches writes that more newspapers members are forthcoming and that the organization is looking to dynamically involve its network partners:

We want to find more opportunities to work from the ground up with reporters and editors in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno or Southern California. We’ve already begun discussions with network partners to explore more ways to work together. And we had a conference call last week about one such story that we hope to pursue with at least two network members.

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SoCal and the Pulitzer: We Stand Corrected So Much, We’re Actually Going to Sit Down Now, Thank You

pulitzaaaer.jpgSo, remember when we said that Mark Katches was the closest thing to a Pulitzer SoCal got? And then it turned out that a former local freelancer won in Bangkok? And then Veronique de Turenne reminded us that, actually, the LAT garnered two finalists slots?

Well, now, Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed asks why in Gaia’s name haven’t we mentioned the other former L.A. folks who actually, you know, won them suckers this year?

Good question, K-Rod. Our apologies to former LAT cartoonist Michael Ramirez and Amy Harmon. And congratulations!

Now we’ll go back to sitting alone in our rooms, making shit up.

We Stand Corrected: SoCal Can Claim Another Tenuous Pulitzer Connection

latif.jpgEarlier we mused whether Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Mark Katches is the closet thing SoCal came to winning a Pulitzer Prize this year.

Turns out, we have another pathetically slim tie to that hallowed prize: A tipster tells us that Breaking News photo winner Adrees Latif was “a freelancer for Reuters in Los Angeles from 2001-2003 before being hired as staff photographer based in Bangkok.”

See? We’re not entirely irrelevant here.

Is Mark Katches The Closest Thing SoCal Came To Winning a Pulitzer Prize?

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Mark Katches, former investigations editor of the Orange County Register, edited a six-month investigation into a county pension system by Dave Umhoefer — a story that won the Pulitzer Prize for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday.

Katches, pictured above (he’s the white guy), saw two of his investigative projects make it to the finalist stage at the Register. But he left the SoCal paper to become the assistant managing editor for projects and investigations for Milwaukee’s 10-person Watchdog Team, thinking the Wisconsin paper was more committed to investigations than anyone out here.

We made fun of him for leaving this lovely weather, but it looks like the last laugh is on us.

Congratulations, Mark!