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Michael Utsumi receives California School Boards Association’s 2019 Golden Quill Award

Michael Utsumi

Michael Utsumi receives California School Boards Association’s 2019 Golden Quill Award

Award recognizing the essential role journalists play in increasing understanding of public schools 

Dublin, CA – November 13, 2019  Michael Utsumi has been chosen as one of 25 recipients of the Golden Quill Award, presented in recognition of fair, insightful and accurate reporting on public school news by print, broadcast and online news media representatives. The Golden Quill Awards are presented by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) to recognize outstanding education journalism and highlight the essential role journalists play in increasing understanding of the objectives, operations, accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities related to public schools. 

Mr. Utsumi was presented the CSBA Certificate of Excellence in Reporting by the Dublin Unified School Board during its November 12, 2019, meeting. CSBA will also issue a press release and publish winners on its website ( and in the spring edition of California Schools magazine.

“Michael’s contributions to the community of Dublin are too numerous to mention,” said Amy Miller, president, Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “As a journalist, through and DPIE, Michael has championed the success of our students, teachers, and programs. He understands the value of public education, and through his words, helps our community do the same. Thank you Michael Utsumi for being the valued member of our community that you are.”

School districts and county boards of education nominate journalists for the Golden Quill Award by highlighting work that was reported in an accurate and insightful manner and identifying stories where the nominee demonstrated a holistic understanding of the local educational agency and its stakeholders. Nominees must also have developed relationships with the school board and relevant district and site-level staff, in addition to understanding the district or county office of education’s missions, goals and/or strategic vision during the reporting process.

“Journalists who produce fair and accurate reporting about California’s public schools perform a great service by providing a lens through which the community gains greater knowledge of the critical and intricate work of educating students,” said CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner. “The Golden Quill Awards celebrate the best journalism that both informs audiences and illuminates the important issues facing their local schools.

To learn more about the Golden Quill Awards, visit the California School Boards Association’s awards webpage at Check back in August 2020 for information on next year’s awards program.

About the Dublin Unified School District
The Dublin Unified School District serves over 12,300 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district has 12 school sites, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8, and two high schools. The Dublin Unified School District mission is to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success. Dublin schools have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Advanced Placement Honor Roll, National Blue Ribbon School, Gold Ribbon Award, Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, California School of Character, National School of Character, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.


CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at