The San Diego Press Club announced winners of the 47th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards on 10/27, and we are thrilled to share that Edible San Diego was recognized for eight submissions this year.   

Publisher and editor in chief Katie Stokes says she’s “very proud of our efforts considering the size and resources of the many other entries.”

Congratulations to all the Excellence in Journalism award winners, and to our readers, viewers, and advertisers who have supported local media this year. As the executive editor/stylist, designer, bookkeeper, meeting scheduler, caption and copywriter, producer, creative director, content creator and social media moderator, and more, it’s an honor to be in your ranks. We at Edible San Diego and our freelance contributors have a profound respect for all that goes into making and creating media content, and the value it brings to our communities. 

Now is the time to support local media, especially those outlets that promote stories of personal interest and agenda. It doesn’t take much more than a quick look at the regularly maintained updates on newsroom closures and stories about Covid-19’s impact on freelance journalists and writers in the current social climate to feel the vulnerability of what we do and who we are. 

So, thank you to the many local writers, photographers, illustrators, and creatives that contribute to the voice and fabric of our news and culture—especially those that contribute to Edible San Diego

Many thanks also to those that collaborated with us to be featured in stories and content. If you’ve ever been mentioned by us and to those we hope to feature in the future, know that it’s because your time, energy, and dedication to your craft truly inspires us. We are merely the storytellers and we couldn’t do this without you. 

1st Place

Magazines: Multicultural


Michelle Stansbury

James Tran

Websites: General Interest Site

Katie Stokes

2nd Place

Magazines, Environment

The Path to Climate Neutrality is Paved with Food System Solutions

Elly Brown, executive director of the San Diego Food System Alliance 

Radio/Podcast: Podcast

Living Local with Edible San Diego

Katie Stokes, Allyn Silliman of Neat Underground

3rd Place

Magazines, Feature Layout

Beyond the Boule

Joni Hargrave, Min Kim, Olivia Hayo, Maria Hesse

Magazines, Food

Firehouse Rules

Theo Niekras, James Tran

Magazine, Front Page

Issue 58, Spring 2020

Olivia Hayo 

Maria Hesse

Photography - Video: Feature - Light Subject 

Tide to Table

Russel Spencer, James Tran, Vivi Husted, Felicia Campbell, Olivia Hayo

Honorable Mention

Magazines, Food

Into the Open Air/Five San Diego Chefs Shop the Farmers’ Market for Seasonal Inspiration

Michelle Stansbury 

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About the Contributor
Maria Hesse
Edible San Diego's executive editor is a personal chef and lifestyle designer, podcaster on Modern Casserole, amateur pug photographer, grant writer for Media Arts Center San Diego, and co-author of The Intentionalist Cooks. Find her on Instagram @mariafromediblesd.