CSPA chairman Welborn receives prestigious award

CSPA chairman and president Larry Welborn has been recognized by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice with their prestigious Award for Journalistic Integrity.

In honoring Welborn — the presentation will be made Dec. 13 in San Francisco — the CACJ described him as ”a giant among men” and ”the beat reporter of a nearly bygone era who got it right and true.” The CACJ noted that its Award for Journalistic Integrity is not given annually, but only to someone highly deserving.

Welborn recently retired after a 43-year career as the legal affairs reporter for the Orange County Register, in which he covered many high-profile cases but showed a high level of enthusiasm and dedication in every story he covered.

The CACJ further noted that Welborn ”brought level, correct, fair reporting where others sensationalized. From his first day to his last, Larry was excited to work in the tiny, windowless courthouse bureau office to report on some new trial.”

Since 1981, Welborn has been the chairman and president of CSPA, which is preparing for its 64th-annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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