Photojournalist at the San Diego Union-Tribune Wins Newspaper’s First Emmy Award

By: Press Release | San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO – July 11, 2011 – James Gregg, a photographer at The San Diego Union-Tribune is the recipient of a 2011 regional Emmy Award for a series of four short videos depicting life in San Diego. Gregg is the first journalist at the Union-Tribune to win an Emmy Award.  

“At the Union-Tribune, we recognize the great diversity of our region, which is showcased beautifully and effectively through James’ video collection,” said Jeff Light, editor of the Union-Tribune. “James’ work also exemplifies our goal of providing strong print, multi-media and interactive products, and we’re proud to have him as part of our team working toward our mission of making San Diego a better place.”  

Gregg joined the Union-Tribune staff in 2010 and covers a variety of topics for the newspaper. He operates with the intent of “taking people where they cannot or will not go for themselves,” said Gregg in an article featured on  

“I try to find interesting things and characters, and then look for a way to shoot it that most people might never see with their own eyes,” said Gregg, who was honored in the non-news category for his videos depicting the City Ballet of San Diego, a freestyle rapping employee of a local McDonald’s restaurant, The Haunted Hotel seasonal holiday attraction and high-performance automobile driving called “drifting.”  

Two additional Union-Tribune journalists were named finalists for the 2011 regional Emmy Awards: videographer/reporter Sharon “Annie” Heilbrunn was a finalist in the Sports-News Single Story or Series category, while photographer David Brooks was recognized in the Arts/Entertainment – Single Story or Series category. The regional Emmy Awards for the Pacific Southwest chapter are awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  

To learn more about Gregg, or to watch his award-winning videos, visit  

The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC, is San Diego County’s leading local media company, with products reaching 56 percent of all San Diego adults in a given week, which equates to nearly 1.3 million San Diegans. In 2009, The San Diego Union-Tribune won its second Pulitzer Prize, which was awarded to Steve Breen for his editorial cartoons. The newspaper has a late week circulation of 260,039, with more than 597,000 daily readers; Sunday circulation is 286,518, with readership of nearly 814,000. The newspaper’s website, SignOn, is the leading local online source for news, entertainment information and classifieds in San Diego, with nearly 27 million page views and more than 3.35 million unique users in a typical month.

(The San Diego Union-Tribune circulation, readership and online figures are based on information from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Source: As filed with the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the September 2010 Publisher’s Statement.)

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