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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

September 28, 2020 - Celebrating ‘Angels among us’: Remembrance Day held to honor lives lost, front line workers of pandemic (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

September 16, 2020 - Emergency meals distributed to seniors (PHOTO GALLERY)

September 14, 2020 - Drive-by birthday salute: World War II veteran and USS Arizona survivor Louis Conter turns 99 (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

September 8, 2020 - Shut-offs hit thousands in Nevada County: Power restoration expected by Wednesday night

September 7, 2020 - Back at it, backing the blue (PHOTO GALLERY)

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