In recent years, the Daily Cal has earned dozens of awards on a regional and national level for its comprehensive and high-quality coverage of UC Berkeley, the city of Berkeley and the entire UC system. In 2010, the Society of Professional Journalists declared the Daily Californian to be the best daily student newspaper in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

Below is a partial list of awards earned by the Daily Cal in recent years.

2016-2017

California College Media Association

1st place Best Newspaper Website
The Daily Californian by Staff

1st place Best Interactive Graphic
Seating Arrangements by Sahil Chinoy

1st place Best Non-Breaking News Story
The Fight for a Field by Austin Weinstein, Hooman Yazdanian

1st place Best Editorial
Sexual Harassment Culture at UC Berkeley Must End by Karim Doumar

2nd place Best Overall Newspaper Design
The Daily Californian by Staff

2nd place Best Blog
The Daily Clog by Staff

2nd place Best Sales Promotion Materials
Fall Media Kit by Trevor Greenan, Patrick Nguyen

2nd place Best Feature Story
The Sky in the East was Bright Red by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks

2015-2016

California College Media Association

1st place Best non-news video
Professors guess millennial slang: UC Berkeley edition by Toby Ho, Lauren Ahn, Abigail Balingit and Taylor Follett
1st place in Best Feature Story
Incarceration to Convocation by Jessie Lau 
1st place Best Non-breaking News Story
Light shed on a dark matter by Zoe Kleinfeld 
1st place Best Infographic
Obstacles to Access by Goldia Kiteck 
1st place Best News Video
Students block Sather Gate to protest police brutality, express campus climate concerns by Karen Lin and Matt Campbell
1st place Best Interactive Graphic 
Crime on Campus by Thomas Kim and Sahil Chinoy 
1st place Best Photo Series
Round two: Protesters reconvene for demonstrations, grow more destructive by Rachael Garner and Benjamin Shenouda 
1st place Best Photo Illustration 
Food and Drink Guide cover, by Kore Chan
1st place Best Use of Social Media 
Berkeley High students stage walkout, march through city over discovery of hostile image by Bo Kovitz, Katy Abbott and Alison Fu
2nd place Best Newspaper Page/Design Spread
Play for Keeps by Dani Sundell 
2nd place in Best News Series
Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy