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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED For Distinguished Journalist Award Nominations

We’ve received some late-breaking nominations and want to give each of you a final chance to reward a talented journalist. You’ve got until 5 p.m. Nov. 5 to send us a name.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2015 Distinguished Journalists Awards and 2015 Freedom of Information Award.

The five journalism categories include print with circulation of 90,000 or more; print with circulation of less than 90,000; television broadcast; radio broadcast; and digital media. Nominees may include reporters, news anchors, behind-the-scenes writers, editors or producers. Awards recognize a body of work rather than an individual story.

The FOI 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.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Elizabeth Marcellino at eliz.marcellino@gmail.com no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.

Awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2016.

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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Download the form here: SPJLA Awards Nomination Form

Contact:
Elizabeth Marcellino, SPJ/LA
eliz.marcellino@gmail.com
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

Did you read, see, listen to or click on a great news story this week? Maybe it’s time to recognize that reporter, broadcast anchor or editor for a career’s worth of great stories.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2015 Distinguished Journalists Awards and 2015 Freedom of Information Award.

The five journalism categories include print 90,000+ circulation, print less than 90,000 circulation, television broadcast, radio broadcast and digital media. Nominees may include reporters, news anchors, behind-the-scenes writers, editors or producers. Awards recognize a body of work rather than an individual story.

The FOI 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.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Elizabeth Marcellino at eliz.marcellino@gmail.com no later than Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

Awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2016.

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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Download the form here: SPJLA Awards Nomination Form

Contact:
Elizabeth Marcellino, SPJ/LA
eliz.marcellino@gmail.com
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

 

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists at its 39th annual awards banquet next spring.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They are: Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service; Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly; Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN; and Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC. Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist for her valued contribution to journalism.  Edwards, through her illustrations, brings viewers and readers into the courtroom when cameras are not allowed.

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 was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses the new media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.

The awards banquet will be held in Spring of 2015, with the date and location to be announced.

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
 
Television
Cheryl Kunin Fair is the longest-serving local television news director in Los Angeles, and the only female news director in the history of KABC-TV. Since she joined KABC in 1994, Eyewitness News has become the local news leader in broadcast, digital and social media. Milestones during her tenure include the only locally owned live radar in Southern California, the first high-definition helicopter, and the first regular newscasts in HD live from the studio and the field. Under her leadership, Eyewitness News has implemented new technology to discover, create, present and distribute news and information content and embraced social media as a way to better communicate with consumers.

Radio
Keith S. Goldstein has spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN-FM, since 1987, he has led his California State University Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to more than 450 professional local, regional, state and national awards including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association including KCSN News being recognized four times for overall excellence. Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, the student reporters and writers have received a dozen first place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Associated Press.  He also earned three statewide Associated Press awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in-depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein is a graduate of Temple University and earned his graduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. Goldstein also serves as a classroom instructor at California State University Northridge for the Journalism Department’s advanced radio news class, the Broadcast News Practicum.

Print (circulation over 90,000)
Jacques Clafin has been CNS Overnight Editor for nearly two decades, directing the agency’s overnight news report over a period that has seen the CNS coverage area expand with the addition of San Diego and Riverside counties. Clafin brought a wealth of reporting and management experience gleaned from years of service at United Press International — as Pacific Division Editor, directing news coverage in 10 Western states, including California; foreign editor, during a period when UPI earned the George Polk Award in Journalism, in the foreign reporting category; bureau chief in Salisbury; and correspondent in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His assignments included coverage of the Yom Kippur War, the Rhodesian War and the emergence of Zimbabwe under black majority rule in the former Rhodesia. Clafin has reported from a score of countries and the United Nations. But one of his biggest “scoops” was his most anonymous. It came when, based on a tip, the French-speaking Clafin worked the phones in UPI’s New York office and learned from someone at Monaco’s Royal Palace that Princess Grace had died in a car crash. No other organization could match it for hours. The French-born Clafin attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Print (circulation under 90,000)
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, the author of “Orange County: A Personal History” and “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton, and a consulting producer on FOX’s animated show, Bordertown. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. Gustavo is the recipient of awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Los Angeles Press Club and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. He was also recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom was illegal.

Distinguished Work in New Media
Michelle Levander is founding director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and editor-in-chief of its website, ReportingonHealth.org, an online community of journalists, bloggers, health thinkers and practitioners. Reporting on Health, launched in 2008, features commissioned and member blogs and encourages online learning and communication across journalism, health policy and health practice. Two years ago, Levander launched the ReportingonHealth Collaborative under the Reporting on Health banner, which brings together reporters to produce collaborative projects for their news outlets on a shared theme. A veteran editor and writer, Levander previously reported in Asia, Latin America, and the United States for Time Magazine Asia, the Asian Wall Street Journal and The San Jose Mercury News. In Asia, she reported from China, India, South Korea and Vietnam on the region’s technology scene and launched a Technology Journal for the Asian Wall Street Journal.  She wrote about workplace issues and business health policy at the Mercury News, among other topics. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. A former Inter American Press Association fellow, she spent a year in Mexico, studying and researching migrant culture. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

SPJ/LA will also recognize Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist whose drawings help fill the gap when cameras are barred from the courtroom. Edwards’ illustrations have been featured on local newscasts, programs and networks such as KABC-TV, TMZ.com, “20/20,” A&E Biography, ABC, CNN, “Entertainment Tonight” and in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. She has illustrated several fashion books and has also created storyboards and sketch art for feature films and TV commercials. She has taught fashion sketching classes at UCLA and other academic institutions.

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for

Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2014 Distinguished Journalists Awards, 2014 Distinguished Work in New Media Award and 2014 Freedom of Information Award.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Lori Streifler or to Alice Walton, no later than Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2015.

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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Download the form here: SPJ/LA Award Nominee Form

Contact:
Lori Streifler, SPJ/LA
lori@socalnews.com
spjlosangeles@gmail.com