Study Center wins San Francisco Press Club award

Mark Hedin, reporter

By Marjorie Beggs
Study Center Senior Writer and Editor
December 4, 2018

San Francisco Study Center is pleased to announce that Mark Hedin, our community reporter, has won a prestigious San Francisco Press Club award for his story, “Fiscal sponsor’s bold role in removing Confederate statues from New Orleans.” The piece was published last November in the News section of the Fiscal Sponsor Directory, a nationwide resource that Study Center created in 2008 and has managed since then.

The source of Hedin’s story was a presentation at the October 2017 National Network of Fiscal Sponsor conference in New Orleans. Flozell Daniels, executive director of Foundation for Louisiana, had described in his conference welcoming speech why the foundation agreed to serve as fiscal sponsor of individuals and organizations seeking to remove the statues.

Hedin, a journalist for decades and our community reporter since 2000, says, “It was pleasure meeting and working with Flozell Daniels and his colleagues to get the facts about this sensitive, compelling, politically charged topic for my story.”

Formerly was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and Study Center’s Central City Extra, and a copy editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, Hedin currently also writes for Ethnic Media Services, a fiscally sponsored project of Study Center.

The 55-year-old Press Club’s annual awards contest recognizes the previous year’s outstanding work from San Francisco Bay Area print, TV, radio and digital media journalists, graphic designers, photographers and documentary filmmakers. Hedin’s story took third place in the digital media news story category.

He was in great company with other digital media winners such as Bloomberg, AJ+, and SF Business Times. His award, an honor for the Study Center, helps expand public understanding of the benefits of fiscal sponsorship and its wide-ranging role in the nonprofit sector.