Awardees

Distinguished Journalists and Freedom of Information honorees

The Distinguished Journalists awards, created in 1976, honors journalists “who have achieved a record of accomplishments over the course of a number of years.”

This includes reporters and editors in broadcast, digital and print journalism. In 1997, the chapter began honoring journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more, and newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000. The Distinguished Work in New Media award was created in 2008 and now digital journalists are recognized alongside their peers in print and broadcast as Distinguished Journalists.

The Freedom of Information award, also created in 1976, is given to people who have helped further the free flow of information and championed freedom of the press. The FoI award is not given every year, and the recipients usually are not journalists.

1976
Gene Blake, Los Angeles Times
Bill Stout, KNXT-TV
U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston, FoI

1977
Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
Jess Marlow, KNBC-TV
Ben Bagkikian, media critic, FoI

1978
Saul Halpert, KNBC-TV
Charles Hillinger, Los Angeles Times
Hon. William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

1979
Stan Chambers, KTLA-TV
Joyce Peterson, Los Angeles Daily News

1980
Mary Neiswender, Long Beach Press-Telegram
Beverly Reynolds, KNX-radio
Rep. Jerry Lewis, FoI

1981
Jack Smith, Los Angeles Times
Ruth Ashton-Taylor, KNXT-TV
Hon. Bernard Jefferson, Calif. Court of Appeals

1982
Miriam Bjerre-Persoff, KNX-radio
Frank del Olmo, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Kotler, esquire, FoI

1983
John Marshall, KNBC-TV
Jim Murray, Jim Los Angeles Times
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA City Council member, FoI

1984
Richard Bergholz, Los Angeles Times
Jack Foisie, Los Angeles Times
George Martin, KNX-radio
Clete Roberts, in memoriam, KCET-TV

1985
Bill Boyarsky, Los Angeles Times
Warren Olney, KABC-TV
Bill Farr, Los Angeles Times, FoI

1986
Gladwin Hill, New York Times
Pete Noyes, KNBC-TV
Howard Williams, FoI

1987
Alex Sullivan, KNX-radio
William Thomas, Los Angeles Times

1988
Stephanie Rank Brady, KHJ-TV
Jack Jones, Los Angeles Times
Bill Stout, KCBS-TV FoI

1989
Linda Douglass, KNBC-TV
John Schwada, Herald-Examiner
Mel Opotowsky, Riverside Press-Enterprise, FoI

1990
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Charles Sergis, KFWB-radio
Prof. Charles Jenson, Sonoma State University, FoI

1991
Paul Conrad, Los Angeles Times
Jon Goodman, KNX-radio
Prof. Ben Cunningham, Cal State Long Beach, FoI

1992
Chris Harris, KTTV-TV
Richard Serrano, Los Angeles Times
Terry Francke, Calif. First Amendment Coalition, FoI

1993
Dan Fisher, Los Angeles Times
Hal Fishman, KTLA-TV
Hon. Irwin Nebron, Los Angeles County Superior Court, FoI

1994
David Dow, CBS-radio
Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times
William Rosendahl,
Century Cable, FoI

1995
Jim Giggans, KNBC-TV
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times
State Sen. Quentin L. Kopp, FoI

1996
Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times
Jose Rios, KTTV-TV
Kelli Sager, esquire, Davis Wright Tremaine, FoI

1997
John Bogert, Daily Breeze
Dennis McCarthy, Los Angeles Daily News
John North, KABC-TV
Jack Popejoy, KFWB-radio
Douglas Mirell, esquire, Loeb & Loeb, FoI

1998
Martin Berg, Los Angeles Daily Journal
Joel Grover, KCBS-TV
Warren Olney, KCRW-radio
Leo Wolinsky, Los Angeles Times
Rex Heinke, esquire, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, FoI

1999
Mark Coogan, KABC-TV
Pete Demetriou, KFWB-radio
Greg Krikorian and Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Cheryl Romo, Los Angeles Daily Journal
State Sen. Byron Scher, FoI

2000
Bob Sims, KNX-radio
Bob Tarlau, KTTV-TV
Pat Teague, City News Service
Tracy Wood, Orange County Register
Hon. Terry Friedman, Los Angeles Superior Court, Juvenile Division, FoI

2001
Ronnie Bradford, KNX Newsradio
Warren Wilson, KTLA-TV
Wendy Thomas Russell, Long Beach Press-Telegram
Howard Blume, L.A. Weekly
former Assemblyman William T. Bagley, FoI

2002
Kitty Felde, KPCC-FM
Judy Muller, ABC News
Jean Adelsman, retired, Daily Breeze
Sue Manning, The Associated Press
Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky, University of Southern California, FoI

2003
George Nicholaw, former KNX Newsradio general manager
Jeff Wald, KTLA-TV
Lori Streifler, City News Service
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Prof. Eugene Volokh, UCLA, FoI

2004
Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times
Jim Hattendorf, KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV
Mark Lacter, Los Angeles Business Journal
Ed Pyle, KNX-AM
Susan Seager, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, FoI

2005
John Antczak, Associated Press
David Zahniser, Copley News Service
Steve Kindred, KFWB-AM
Julia Seifer, ABC7 Eyewitness News
Karlene W. Goller, Esq., Los Angeles Times, FoI
Frank Wilkinson (in memoriam), First Amendment Foundation

2006
George Skelton, Los Angeles Times
Larry Altman, Daily Breeze,
Dave Bryan, CBS 2-KCAL 9,
Eric Leonard, KFI-AM (640)

2007
Bob Banfield, KABC-TV
Beth Barrett, the Los Angeles Daily News
John Rabe, KPCC-FM
Tom Tugend, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Los Angeles Times, FoI

2008
John Schwada, KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles
Frank Stoltze, 89.3-KPCC, NPR Los Angeles
Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Terri Vermeulen Keith, City News Service
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed
Nick Ut, The Associated Press, lifetime achievement
Thomas W. Newton and James W. Ewert, California
Newspaper Publishers Association, FoI

2009
Celeste Fremon, creator and editor of WitnessLA.com
Dave Lopez, CBS2/KCAL9 News
Denise Nix, The Daily Breeze
Claudia Peschiutta, KNX
Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times

2010
Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Dennis Anderson, Antelope Valley Press
Conan Nolan, NBC
Larry Mantle, 89.3 KPCC
Robert Scheer, Truthdig

2011
Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal Lisa Bartley, ABC7
Bob Moon, American Public Media
Jesus Sanchez, The Eastsider LA
Donald Zachary, FoI

2012
Marty Sauerzopf, City News Service
Dan Evans, Times Community News
Beverly White, NBC4
Andy Ludlum, CBS2
Sharon Waxman, TheWrap.com
Jean-Paul Jassy, FoI

2013
Sandy Banks, Los Angeles Times
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News
Damien Newton, Southern California Streets Initiative
Oswaldo Borraez, Univision 34
John Brooks, KNX
Brian Humphrey, Los Angeles Fire Department

2014
Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service
Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly
Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN
Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC
Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org,
Mona Shafer Edwards

2015
Steve Loeper, Associated Press
Frank Suraci, Daily Breeze
Frank Mottek, KNX-radio
David Ono, ABC7
Adrian Glick Kudler, Curbed LA
Theodore Boutrous, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Don Barrett, LARadio.com

2016
Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly
Greg Habell, KNX-radio
Adrienne Alpert, ABC7
Ken Bensinger, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Jessica Garrison, BuzzFeed News