|VOICE OF SAN DIEGO EDUCATION REPORTER MARIO KORAN|
VoiceofSanDiego.org education beat reporter Mario Koran will be honored as Journalist of the Year 2016 at a ceremony, July 21by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Koran earned his award, says SPJ, for researching and writing a significant series of articles over a six-month period that spotlighted many questionable activities by San Diego Unified School Board President Marne Foster, including conducting a private fundraiser for her personal/family gain.
Days after Koran’s first VOSD article on Foster was published in early summer 2015, a school board trustee called for an investigation. Soon the District Attorney’s office entered the probe.
In February 2016, This Foster resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. SPJ sources pointed out “both Foster’s defense attorney and the prosecutor working on the case acknowledged that Koran’s work helped open the door to the plea agreement and resignation.”
The SBJ added “Koran also regularly produces stories and columns that pull back the curtain on controversial school district decisions and the often complex, jargon-filled world of education. Koran’s clear, approachable writing style has helped many parents better understand big decisions that affect their children, and given them the tools and knowledge to speak up.”
The public is invited to attend the group’s annual awards banquet.
When: Thursday, July 21, 2016. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m.
Where: The Kona Kai Resort & Spa, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Cocktail hour on the Point Loma Terrace, banquet in the Ballroom.
Cost: $55 per person, $440 for reserved tables of eight, $50 for students
CHEAP SHOT OR NEWS?
After the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists announced they will honor Voice of San Diego’ s education reporter Mario Koran as its San Diego Journalist of the Year, 2016 at the SDSPJ’s annual awards on July 21, 2016, another San Diego baed online news outlet pointed out in the following article that Koran had a criminal record: