EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES
COLUMNNIST, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
JAXON VAN DEBREKEN,
REPORTER, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Jaxon Van Derbeken, police reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, is this year’s winner of the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration. The award, presented each year by the Center for Immigration Studies, is intended to recognize journalists who go beyond the clichés so prevalent in reporting on immigration and whose reporting informs deliberations in this important policy area.
Van Derbeken has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1997, where he has covered the city’s police department. His reporting on the department’s troubled track record in solving violent crime won several awards and led to an overhaul of the department’s investigative arm.