SPJ/LA Wins National Honor

The Los Angeles Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was honored yesterday at SPJ’s national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans with a 2015-2016 Large Chapter “Circle of Excellence Award,” for outstanding contributions and excellence in the area of chapter communications.

SPJLA’s communications efforts include regular announcements of programs and other matters of interest to Southern California journalists via email, the chapter’s website (SPJLA.org) and the chapter’s social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. The flow of information is maintained by the chapter secretary, Christina Cocca, with the assistance of the chapter president, Navid Nonahal.

Professor Stephanie Bluestein of California State University, Northridge, chapter board member, accepted the award. Dr. Bluestein is one of two Los Angeles delegates to the conference, the other being Lauren Bartlett.

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Last Chance to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Don’t miss your chance to attend the 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff will be the event’s speaker. Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The event will honor five local journalists, a First Amendment lawyer, the founder of a radio news website and a former reporter and longtime journalism teacher at its 40th annual awards banquet.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Theodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

RSVPs are due Friday, April 8

SPJ/LA would like to thank the banquet sponsors for their generous support:

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Gold sponsor: Time Warner Cable
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CEO of Zillow Group to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 40th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

The chief executive officer of Zillow Group, Spencer Rascoff, will be the speaker at the annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 14.

As CEO of Zillow Group, Rascoff oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Rascoff joined Zillow in 2005 as one of its first hires, and served various roles including chief operating officer, until his appointment to CEO in 2010. Since becoming CEO, Rascoff has led Zillow through its 2011 IPO and 11 acquisitions. In 2015, Rascoff co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.”

Last year, Rascoff wrote a piece for Fortune.com on how his high school journalism instructor, SPJ/LA honoree Kathleen Neumeyer, prepared him to lead a major corporation.

Fortune and Forbes both listed Rascoff as one of America’s most powerful CEOs under 40 and he is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Before joining Zillow, Rascoff was vice president of lodging for Expedia. In 1999, at the age of 24, Rascoff co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, which a few years later he sold to InterActiveCorp (the parent company of Expedia). Before his consumer Web career, Rascoff was in investment banking and private equity. He worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs and an associate at TPG Capital. Rascoff graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

Rascoff is on the boards of directors of TripAdvisor and privately held online beauty company Julep. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is on the advisory board of Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go toTheodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton atAliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

The annual awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Banquet Set For April 14

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host its annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown.

The event will honor five local journalists, a First Amendment lawyer, the founder of a radio news website and a former reporter and longtime journalism teacher at its 40th annual awards banquet.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Theodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Tickets for the event are:

  • $100 for SPJ/LA members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $80 for students
  • Tables of 10 are available for $1,000

A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. To make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, as are program ads to congratulate this year’s honorees.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum ($5,000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event.

Gold ($2,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event.

Silver ($1,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event.

 

Here are other ways to support SPJ/LA:

Purchase an ad in the banquet program. This is a great way to recognize the achievements of this year’s honorees:

Full page ad on back of program: $500
Full page inside program: $350
Half-page ad inside program: $250
Quarter-page ad inside program: $150

Sponsor a student. For $80, your donation will cover a journalism student’s attendance at the event.

Donate directly to SPJ/LA to help fund scholarships or other programs.

Please contact Banquet Chair Alice Walton if you are interested in supporting SPJ/LA’s 2016 Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet.

Alice Walton
AliceMWalton@gmail.com
(310) 595-5612

SPJ/LA Announces 2015 Distinguished Journalist and FOI Honorees

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists, a First Amendment lawyer and the founder of a radio news website at its 40th annual awards banquet next spring.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Theodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com.

SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalist awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees are journalists who have achieved a record of career accomplishments. For nearly four decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism. Since 1997, the chapter has honored journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000 and newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more.

The Distinguished Work in New Media award, now simply the Distinguished Journalist award in the digital category, was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses digital media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.

The Freedom of Information award honors a non-journalist who has helped promote First Amendment issues. Previous winners have worked in the legal profession, academia, government and nonprofit organizations.

The awards banquet will be held in the spring of 2016, with the date and location to be announced at a later date.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Los Angeles professional chapter marked its 75th anniversary in 2009.

Distinguished Journalist Award Winners

Print (circulation over 90,000)
A Southern California native and graduate of Valley State College (now Cal State Northridge), Steve Loeper began his journalism career on the assignment desk of KNXT Channel 2 in Los Angeles (now KCBS) in 1968, working in support of the “Big News,” a pioneer of the hour-long local news format. The Manson murders and Sylmar earthquake were among his biggest stories while at Channel 2. In 1973, he joined the LA bureau of The Associated Press and has worked there in various capacities ever since, including general assignment reporter, broadcast editor, desk supervisor, news editor, administrative news editor and since 2009, West Coast entertainment editor. During his more than four decades at AP’s L.A. office, and through numerous technological transitions, Loeper has coordinated coverage of some of the city’s biggest stories, including the 1984 Olympics, 1992 LA riots, Northridge earthquake, O.J. Simpson trial, 2000 Democratic National Convention, Michael Jackson saga, more than 35 Oscar shows and far too many studio junkets. He also led the bureau’s intern program for two decades and many of his recruits have gone on to successful careers both within the AP and elsewhere in journalism, which Loeper regards as one of the more rewarding elements of his career.

Print (circulation under 90,000)
Frank Suraci is the Pulitzer Prize-winning city editor of the Daily Breeze, where he has worked for more than 40 years. Frank has covered or overseen the paper’s coverage of several huge national stories — among them the years-long McMartin Preschool molestation case, passage of the ground-breaking Proposition 13, the O.J. Simpson murder case and a deadly plane crash at Los Angeles International Airport. In 2015, the paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for local journalism for its investigation into corruption at an area school district, which prompted investigations by the District Attorney’s Office and the FBI that are ongoing. Frank has also mentored scores of young reporters who now fill cubicles at the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, KNBC and many other newsrooms across the country.

Radio
Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Frank currently anchors the morning drive business reports on CBS station KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO and the KNX Money Hour. He provided daily coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, the Great Recession and stock market updates. Since joining CBS in Los Angeles in 1992, Frank has served as reporter and anchor on KNX as well as business anchor on KCAL9-TV and spot reporter for KCBS-TV CBS2. For 10 years, he also worked as reporter and business news anchor on the KTLA Channel 5 News at 10 and the KTLA Morning News. Starting at age 26, Frank was the substitute stock market anchor for Paul Kangas on “The Nightly Business Report” on PBS from 1989 through 1991. His TV experience also includes anchoring and reporting on WTVJ in Miami where he was part of the station’s Peabody-award winning TV coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Frank has won numerous awards from the AP, UPI, RTNDA, L.A. Press Club, PRSA-LA, Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Radio-TV News Association of Southern California (RTNA) including many Golden Mike Awards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPJ/LA, the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research in Beverly Hills.

Television
David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. He also anchors with Coleen Sullivan on Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7 p.m.
David grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of North Texas. His career has included stops at KOVR in Sacramento, KDBC in El Paso, KOSA in Midland/Odessa and KXAS in Dallas. David joined ABC7 in 1996. During his tenure, David has hosted Eye on L.A. and co-anchored Eyewitness News with his current co-anchor Ellen Leyva for close to two decades. He has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldiers from World War II. He covered the Royal Wedding in London, tracked drug runners through Central America and reported from Boston after the tragic marathon bombing and from Paris this year as the historic city was crippled with fear. Ono has trained with the FBI, the elite Los Angeles Sheriff’s SWAT team, ICE and the Los Angeles Port Police. He interviewed President Obama at the White House, reported live from Israel during the Intifada, and has extensively covered the Pope. David has won five Edward R. Murrow awards, 20 Emmys, four National Asian American Journalists Association Awards and two RTDNA National Unity Awards.

Digital
Adrian Glick Kudler has been the senior editor of Curbed LA since 2011, covering the physical landscape, built environment, culture and identity of Los Angeles and its neighborhoods. Her writing on Los Angeles has also been published in the New York Times and Los Angeles magazine. She grew up in New England and has lived in Los Angeles for 10 years.

Freedom of Information Award
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Group and a First Amendment lawyer. He also is a member of the firm’s five-person global Management Committee. Boutrous has represented clients in the federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation in a wide spectrum of cases. He has argued more than 80 appeals, including before the Supreme Court of the United States, 11 different federal circuit courts of appeals, eight different state supreme courts and a multitude of other appellate and trial courts. Boutrous has successfully persuaded appellate courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts in history, including the largest defamation verdict of all time. He frequently represents media organizations, reporters and others in First Amendment matters such as reporters’ privilege battles, defamation cases, litigation seeking public access to judicial records and court proceedings, and asylum proceedings for journalists in danger. The National Law Journal selected Boutrous as one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” calling him, “a media law star.” The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals have named Boutrous one of the “100 Best Lawyers in California” for 10 years in a row.Lawdragon named him one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” calling him “one of the best media and appellate attorneys in the nation.”

Special Recognition
Don Barrett founded and published the Los Angeles-centric radio information website LARadio.com. For nearly 20 years, Don chronicled radio news and followed some 6,000 people in Los Angeles who worked in radio over the past 50 years. A onetime columnist for the OC Register, Don is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of “Los Angeles Radio People,” published in 1995 and followed by a second encyclopedic volume the following year. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager. After launching KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s, Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. He was part of the marketing team that released “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Rocky” and multiple James Bond movies. Don’s Southern California roots include a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, where he also earned a master’s in psychology.