Reason Nominated for 19 Southern California Journalism Awards

Our nominated stories run the gamut from sanctuary cities to Gary Gygax and curling.


With more than 1,700 entries, the Greater Los Angeles Press Club's annual Southern California Journalism Awards broke its own record for submissions this year. While we did not break our own record, Reason did alright. We received a very healthy 19 nominations for work published across our print, web, and TV platforms in the 2018 calendar year.

Here are the pieces that tickled, enraged, and impressed the judges.

Best Humor/Satire Writing: Austin Bragg, Meredith Bragg, and Andrew Heaton, "Groundhog Day: 2018"

Best Obituary/In Appreciation: Todd Krainin, "Travel Shows Were Boring as F*ck. Then Came Anthony Bourdain"

Best Medical/Health Reporting: Zach Weissmueller and Mark McDaniel, "Government-Approved Workouts? The Fight Against Fitness Licensing"

Best National Political/Government Reporting: Eric Boehm, "Trade Hearing Highlights Staggering Number of Losers From Trump's Tariff Plan"

Best Educational Reporting: Jim Epstein, "Rich Disabled Kids Get the City to Send Them to Private School. Poor Disabled Kids Get Screwed."

Best Minority/Immigration Reporting: Shikha Dalmia, "Sanctuary Churches Take in Immigrants and Take on Trump"

Best Editorial: Katherine Mangu-Ward, "When Fixing the Problem Makes It Worse"

Best Investigative Reporting (any platform): Jacob Sullum, "America's War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony"

Best Columnist: J.D. Tuccille, "Embrace the Dirt Nap"

Best Personality Profile, Politics/Business/Arts: Matt Welch, "Jordan Peterson Is Not the Second Coming"

Best Investigative Reporting (TV): Jim Epstein, "The $15 Minimum Wage Is Turning Hard Workers Into Black Market Lawbreakers"

Best News Feature (over 5 minutes): Zach Weissmueller, "Trump, Ryan, and Walker Want to Seize Wisconsin Homes to Build a Foxconn Plant"

Best Entertainment Personality Profile/Interview (TV): Nick Gillespie, Austin Bragg, and Ian Keyser, "CNN's Jake Tapper on The Hellfire Club, Donald Trump's Big Lies, and D.C.'s 'Bullshit Waterfall'"  

Best Non-Entertainment Personality Profile/Interview (TV): Nick Gillespie, Justin Monticello, and Todd Krainin, "Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and the Cult of Silicon Valley"

Best Investigative Reporting (print): C.J. Ciaramella, "Chicago Is Trying to Pay Down Its Debt by Impounding Innocent People's Cars"

Best Hard News Feature: Elizabeth Nolan Brown, "The Senate Accused Them of Selling Kids for Sex. The FBI Raided Their Homes.'s Founders Speak for the First Time."

Best Soft News Feature: C.J. Ciaramella, "The Radical Freedom of Dungeons & Dragons"

Best Political Commentary, National: Robby Soave, "A Bunch of Senators Just Showed They Have No Idea How Facebook Works. They Want to Regulate It Anyway."

Best Sports Commentary: Eric Boehm, "Curling Is the Closest the Olympics Ever Get to Anarchy"

Folks, you can't ask for a better snapshot of what we do well.

We are grateful to the Los Angeles Press Club for allowing us to mingle with the rest of Southern California's notable media publications, to our story subjects for their willingness to talk about the ways in which our incessantly cruel and dumb ruling class have affected their lives, and to our readers for their continuing support of free minds and free markets. We can't do what we do without you.

We'll let you know the final score after the awards ceremony on June 30 in Los Angeles.

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  1. Funny how reason can be bought for Lefty media awards.

    A true testament to reason being a good journalism outlet would be that the MSM fucking hates your guts.

    This fits right into the garbage coming from reason staff for years.

  2. bonne chance.

  3. Congratulations!

  4. And only 960 articles last year about how terrible California is and everyone should vote with their feet and leave.

    While still being based there.

    Kinda makes you wonder if they hate California as much as they say they do.

  5. Nothing about the article on making your own guns with untraceable parts from the internet? How could the CA journalists miss this one?

  6. And as creepy as Elizabeth Holmes is…would.

  7. Is winning a Southern California journalism award like getting the gold medal in the special olympics?

  8. Lol oh yeah, I remember that piece of yellow journalism that Welch did on Jordan Peterson. This website is basically another vanilla progressive trash site now. I heard is selling for $5MM ($550K at closing). Now that Reason is woke, we’ll see how long it takes till they go broke. By that, I mean when Koch stops funding reason and all of the editors & writers lose their jobs… because the readers sure as shit ain’t going to pay for this trash.

    I stop by for the comments rebutting nearly every single story on this site, but I’m sure those will be gone soon too, since most journalists today want to sit in their bedrooms criticizing the entire world around them, but they are terrified of being criticized themselves.

    1. Yup. I’m mostly just here to yell about how stupid the cosmotarian writers are!

      That said, it is SADLY still slightly better than reading you generic news on an outright MSM site. Even though it’s slanted, it’s less slanted than WaPo or NYT or whatever, so since I have to get my basic news somewhere, might as well be here. They do actually take a libertarian position once in awhile still too!

  9. It’s Great News.
    I love football can you please write any good Article about top football players.

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