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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).

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