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 list of awards earned by the Daily Cal in recent years.

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
3rd place Best Breaking News Story
Berkeley balcony collapse kills 5 Irish citizens, 1 California resident by Kimberly Veklerov and Melissa Wen 
3rd place in Best Overall Newspaper Design
3rd place Best Multimedia Presentation 
The Public Trust by Chloee Weiner and Sahil Chinoy
3rd place Best Special Issue/Section
The Housing Issue
3rd place Best Sports Photograph
Cal football travels to take on Oregon by Rachael Garner 
3rd place Best News Photograph
Black Student Union members block Sather Gate on Saturday morning by Rachael Garner 
3rd place Best Sports Story
From Darkness to Dawn: Ivan Gonzalez won’t let his undocumented status slow him down by Hooman Yazdanian 
Honorable Mention in Best Website
Honorable mention Best Illustration/Cartoon
African American initiative is a positive step by Willow Yang 
Honorable mention Best Headline Portfolio
to Katy Abbott: “1 nation, divisible, on issue of US flag ideals,”A wrinkle in timekeeping” and “Bonds, fundraising bonds.”
Honorable mention Best Features Photograph
From Darkness to Dawn: Ivan Gonzalez won’t let his undocumented status slow him down by Kore Chan 
Honorable Mention Best Editorial
Give women’s field hockey team equal resources by Kimberly Veklerov