Left to Right: Ken Epstein, CTA VP Theresa Montano, OEA President Trish Gorham and CTA State Council Communications Committee Chair Mona Davidson. Photo by Mike Myslinski.
Post News Group Editor Ken Epstein was honored last weekend in Los Angeles for his education reporting as a winner of the 2016 John Swett Award for Media Excellence, hosted annually by the California Teachers Association (CTA).
He received the award for a series he wrote about the struggle of parents, students and staff at Westlake Middle School in Oakland to keep from losing their popular principal and academic programs in the face of district test score driven “reforms” and to defeat the district plan to “co-host” a charter school at their site.
Ultimately, the school community did keep the charter school off their campus but lost their principal.
The award, granted by a panel of journalists who served as judges, has been presented by the CTA for the past 58 years. This is the second consecutive annual John Swett award that Epstein has won.
“We at CTA are very proud to have this opportunity to recognize you for your excellent work and coverage of the needs and achievements of public education,” according award letter that was sent to Epstein.
“Your colleagues in the news media did the judging and selected your entry to receive this award, which is the honest honor the California Teachers Association can bestow upon media professionals for excellence in education reporting,” the letter said.
Other local winners included Joyce Tsai of the East Bay Times, Melissa Caen, KPIX, Channel 5 and Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle.