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Elias Funez

The Union’s Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez has over 14 years of on-the-beat reporting experience. While studying fine art photography at Modesto Junior College, Elias was hired as the staff photographer for his hometown newspaper – the Patterson Irrigator – where he spent a total of nine years taking on different roles including; Chief Photographer, Photo Editor, Crime Reporter, Page Designer, and Managing Editor.

Elias also spent two years at The Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star as a Multimedia Photojournalist and was part of the team that won the California Newspaper Publisher Association’s (CNPA) General Excellence award there in 2013.

Elias has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including 1st place CNPA awards for Investigative Journalism (2014), and Best News Photo (2014).

Recent Articles

January 20, 2021 - Getting a face-lift: 172-year-old blacksmith shop gets new siding in Rough and Ready

January 18, 2021 - Open for business: Hairstylists join hotels, wineries, restaurants in reopening, with restrictions

January 15, 2021 - Otherworldly education: Earle Jamieson students finish scale model of solar system

January 13, 2021 - Rain today gone tomorrow: Warming trend extends through weekend

January 11, 2021 - A day by the pond: Pleasant winter weather brings people to Hirschman Trail

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