KNX 1070’s Frank Mottek to Serve as Master of Ceremonies for SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Journalist Frank Mottek, “the voice of business news in Los Angeles,” will be the master of ceremonies at the March 20 Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The event, which will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, honors journalists in print, broadcast and digital media.

An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Mottek currently anchors the morning drive Money reports on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO and hosts the one-hour business and consumer news program “Mottek On Money.” He provided daily coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, the Great Recession and stock market updates.

Since joining CBS in Los Angeles in 1992, Mottek 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 @ 10 and the KTLA Morning News.

He is frequently called to lead some of the highest-profile business discussions, including economic forecast events for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Milken Institute, UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Association for Corporate Growth, Los Angeles Business Journal and Southern California Association of Governments.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees are longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They are: Rich Archbold, public editor of the Long Beach Press-Telegram; Steve Padilla, Column One editor and Metpro director of the Los Angeles Times; KFI-AM news editor Nicole M. Campbell; KMEX-TV Univision 34 news anchor, reporter and host Gabriela Teissier; and David Dayen, freelance journalist and author.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Scott Sanders, an attorney with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.

The Distinguished Journalists Awards banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

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

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The three levels of sponsorship are:

  • 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.You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:
  • Full page ad inside program: $350
  • Half-page ad inside program: $250
  • Quarter-page ad inside program: $150 

    For details on sponsorship or to make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

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SPJ/LA Announces 2019 Officers

For Immediate Use
Jan. 2, 2019
Contact: Navid Nonahal
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected its 2019 officers.

Stephanie Stassel Bluestein, the chapter’s current president and an associate professor of journalism at California State University, Northridge, began her third term on Jan. 1, 2019. Sarah Favot, freelance journalist, will serve a second year as vice president. Elizabeth Marcellino, a courts reporter for City News Service, will continue serving as treasurer, while Jason Lewis, newly-elected board member and publisher of Los Angeles Standard, will be secretary.

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 Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934.

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SPJ/LA Announces Newly Elected Board Members

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists elected seven members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Carolina Garcia, recently retired editor of the Los Angeles Daily News who is now an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Jason Lewis, publisher of Los Angeles Standard, were newly elected to the board.

Five incumbents were re-elected. They are: Joel Bellman, freelance journalist; Stephanie Stassel Bluestein, associate professor of journalism at CSUN; Sarah Favot, freelance journalist; Navid Nonahal, freelance journalist; and David Zahnizer, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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 Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934.

SPJ/LA Will Conduct Board Elections Online: Voting Will Take Place Dec. 17-19

SPJ/LA will conduct its election for open Board of Directors positions online.

You should receive an email late Sunday, Dec. 16 with a link to your online ballot, which includes information on all the candidates. Voting will open at 12 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 and close at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Results will be announced the following week.

New board members will begin their three-year terms in January.

The chapter used member information provided by national headquarters for the ballot list. Members were required to renew or sign up by Dec. 10 to be eligible to vote.

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Bray via email at tom.bray.home@gmail.com.

Photos: SPJ/LA’s Annual Holiday Party

Fun was had by all Wednesday night at SPJ/LA’s annual Holiday Party at El Floridita in Hollywood.