Michael Collins won First Place for 2002’s best Investigative/Series for papers under 100,000 circulation for his “Rocketdyne Ranch” expose in the Ventura County Reporter.

Judges’ comments: A thorough and well-written report, which even included the reporter using his own nuclear radiation monitor to find radiation that had been overlooked in previous inspections.

The Winning Series:

ROCKETDYNE RANCHBATTLEGROUND AHMANSON RANCHROCKETDYNE – IT’S THE PITSDON’T BANK ON IT

Gala attendee inspects "Rocketdyne Ranch" expose on display in main hall.

Former Los Angeles Press Club President, Bill Rosendahl, presents Collins with a "cheeseboard" slang for the First Place plaque that winners take home from the annual gala.
Former Los Angeles Press Club President, Bill Rosendahl, presents Collins with his award.