Philip N. McCombs Achievement Award Recipients

1989
Fred McPherson, Jr.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
1990
Newton Wallace
Winters Express
1991
Oran W. Asa
Northeast Newspapers of
Los Angeles
1992
Ray Spangler
Redwood City
1993
Tom Hennion
Tulare Advance-Register
1994
Albert G. Pickerell
University of California
1995
Marge Apperson
Southern Siskiyou
Newspapers
1996
Rowland Rebele
Paradise Post
1997
Robert G. Wood
Big Bear Grizzly,
Big Bear Lake
1998
C. Deane Funk,
Inyo Register, Bishop
1999
Samuel Matthews
Tracy Press
2000
Anthony "Tony" Newhall
San Francisco Chronicle
2001
Mel Opotowsky
The Press-Enterprise,
Riverside
2002
Dick Blankenburg
Arroyo Grande
2003
Robert M. Lynch
The Sonoma Index-Tribune
2004
Fred Weybret
Lodi News-Sentinel
2005
Frank McCulloch
The Sacramento Bee,
San Francisco Examiner
2006
David Regan
Santa Cruz Sentinel
2007
Mort Levine
Milpitas Post
2008
Martin Weinberger
Claremont Courier
2009
Bill Niese
former VP and general
counsel, The Times-Mirror
Co., Los Angeles
2010
Mel Hodell
former publisher and
media broker
2011
Erwin Potts
former CEO, The
McClatchy Co.
2012
Marcia McQuern
former publisher, The
Press-Enterprise, Riverside
2013
Lynn Dickerson
former publisher, The
Modesto Bee; and former
VP/Operations, The
McClatchy Co.
2014
Allen P. McCombs
publisher emeritus,
Champion Newspapers,
Chino
2015
Matthew F. Wilson
Executive Editor, San Francisco Chronicle;
Editor and Publisher, Marin Independent Journal
2016
Bruce B. Brugmann
Former Publisher
San Francisco Bay Guardian
2017
Cheryl Brown
Former Publisher
Black Voice News, Riverside