The California Newspaper Publishers Association gave the Guardian its coveted General Excellence Award April 16, in effect naming the Guardian the best large weekly newspaper in the state.
The blue-ribbon panel of judges considered entries from across the state, from alternative weeklies, community weeklies, and weeklies published by big daily outfits.
The contest required entrants to submit three consecutive issues from March 2010. In awarding first-place to the Guardian, the judges noted: "The San Francisco Guardian knows itself, knows what it does and does it very well. In-depth reporting, with an attitude yet fully fair, is a real contribution to a democratic society. The FOI awards are a shining diamond in the rough. The arts and culture coverage sparkles in words and design. The listings are endless."
In his remarks accepting the award at the CNPA convention in Los Angeles, Bruce Brugmann, editor and publisher, noted that the award was timely because "it helps us celebrate 45 years of printing the news and raising hell by an independent, family-owned paper in San Francisco." He added that the Guardian had an advantage because of the unending scandals in San Francisco: "We have Willie Brown, we have Gavin Newsom, and we have PG&E."