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 2016, 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.


Society of Professional Journalists

1st place Best All-around Daily Student Newspaper
The Daily Californian staff

Finalists Best Breaking News Story
Thousands of East Bay high schoolers flood Berkeley streets protesting Trump victory by staff

Finalist Best Feature Writing
‘The sky in the east was bright red’ by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks

Finalist Best News Reporting
19 campus employees violated UC sexual harassment policies in past seven years by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Katy Abbott and Melissa Wen

Finalist Best Sports Column Writing
Sports with Sophie by Sophie Goethals

California News Publishers Association

1st place Best All-around Newspaper
The Daily Californian staff

1st place Best Profile Feature
The come up: Ivan Rabb stays true to Oakland by Winston Cho

Second place Best Enterprise News Story or Story
19 campus employees violated UC sexual harassment policies in past seven years by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Katy Abbott and Melissa Wen

Second place Best Illustration
Gene Wilder: Remembering the wild ride by Willow Yang

Second place Best Sports Action Photo
Cal football prepares to face flailing Ducks by Ethan Epstein

Second place Online General Excellence
The Daily Californian staff 

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


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 by staff