A. JOURNALISTS OF THE YEAR
A1. PRINT (Over 50,000 circulations)
Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly
Comments: “Range” is an appropriate middle name. What incredibly
detailed reporting on a variety of complicated topics. What an ability to
make us feel as if we know the players. What skill in explaining messy
situations. The very essence of solid journalism.
2nd place: David Evans, Bloomberg Markets, “Duping the Families of
HM: Mariel Garza, Los Angeles Daily News Editorials
A2. PRINT (Under 50,000 circulation)
Radley Balko, Reason Magazine
Comment: ―Radley Balko is one of those throw-back journalists that
understands the power of groundbreaking reporting and how to make a
significant impact through his work. Time and time again, his stories cause
readers to stop, think, and most significantly, take action.
2nd Place: Dan Evans, Glendale News-Press
HM: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News
A3. TELEVISION JOURNALIST
Ana Garcia and Fred Mamoun, KNBC-TV
Garcia and Mamoun shoot, write and edit compelling stories. One of
their strengths as a team is the obvious respect for their subjects, and the
ability through contacts in the community to land exclusive interviews and
opportunities. They are strong storytellers and the pieces move!
2nd Place: Antonio Valverde, Univision
Valverde has a wide range as a journalist. He is able to work with various
segments of the community to tell compelling stories. He has political
acumen and can accurately and fairly tell stories, while also reaching out
to the disenfranchised to share their stories of life in L.A.
A4. RADIO JOURNALIST
Susan Valot, KPCC
Comments: Well-rounded reports with authoritative, informed tone. Great
use of sound. Valot‘s work is some of the best we‘ve heard.
2nd Place: Brian Watt: KPCC
HM: Kitty Felde: KPCC
A5. ONLINE JOURNALIST
Daniel Heimpel, FosteringMediaConnections.org
2nd Place: Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com
HM: Robert Scheer, Truthdig.com
A6. SPORTS JOURNALIST
A7. ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST
Kim Masters, KCRW-FM Radio
Comments: Nice voice in both senses of the word, along with substantive
content. Covering a story about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, she
tracked down Plame to comment on her portrayal, rather than just talking
to the actress. She also gave a lot of information on entertainment agents
that broadened the picture the public was likely to have of that
2nd Place: Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBC LA
HM: George Pennacchio, KABC-TV
A8. PHOTO JOURNALIST
Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times
B. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS
Over 50,000 circulations – including news bureaus and correspondents
B1. HARD NEWS
Tracy Manzer and Sarah Peters, Long Beach Press-Telegram, “Heroes foil
Comments: The writing was appropriately-paced for the category and
the story content. I enjoyed the writers’ use of sensory details and factual
information, presented with a slightly humorous/sarcastic tone that made
this piece fun to read.
B2. NEWS FEATURE
Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly, ―The Parent Trigger‖.
Comments: Documents a groundswell of democracy while explaining a
new law through a real-world prism. Powerful. Incredibly well-sourced and
informative, yet provides a human touch. The story of poor minorities trying
to make a change documented how the masses can move the
establishment. Inspiring to others, this story shows what newspaper do like
no other. Bravo.
2nd Place: Thomas Curven, Los Angeles Times, ―Walking Away from Grief‖
HM: Kristopher Hanson, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Dangers Close to
B3. PERSONALITY PROFILE
Steve Friess, LA Weekly, ―A Tragic Love Story‖
2nd Place: Charlotte Hsu, LA Weekly, ―Forever Scared — The Story of
HM: Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Murchison: A
Portrait of a Long Beach Lobbyist‖
David Evans, Bloomberg News, “Fallen Soldiers’ Families Denied Cash
Payout as Insurers Profit”
Comments: These articles are the soul of great investigative journalism,
uncovering a shocking system whereby the families of slain soldiers are
tricked about benefits, and where shameless insurance companies reap
big profits at the expense of those families.
Best of all, it led to immediate Congressional investigations and action.
2nd place: Beth Barrett, LA Weekly, “The Dance of the Lemons”
HM: Monica Alonzo and Simone Wilson, LA Weekly, “Culture of Cruelty”
Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, “California unfriendly to business?
Figures say no”
Comments: This is an authoritative and well-documented piece that
refutes the common wisdom of California’s tax structure being unfriendly
2nd place: Beth Barrett, LA Weekly, “Barry Minkow 2.0”
HM: Donna Howell, Investor’s Business Daily, “Electric cars have lots of sizzle,
but drivers risk sticker shock”
Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Pages
Comments: They pull no punches at this newspaper, with front-page
challenges to the mayor to get engaged again in tackling the problems
facing the City of Angels. No “on the one hand, on the other hand” bland
tomes on civic business in this newspaper. The Daily News grabs the
reader (and the mayor) around the neck and says “look at this, dammit,”
not just with passionate, fiery prose, but solid reporting, too, and a step-by-
step checklists for readers (and city officials) on how to solve the pressing
issues of the city.
2nd Place: Thomas Elias, California Focus syndicated columns
Comments: Thomas Elias writes with such authority, you just know he’s the
kind of government reporter who has seen it all. But he’s never
succumbed to the cynicism that prevents lucid reporting of state
government issues and the people who make decisions. In this entry, Elias
deftly debunks one of most popular budget-balancing schemes going
these days: the sale of state buildings. Then he’s on to who’s really getting
hurt by a half-billion dollar whack at California’s state budget, and then
got behind the rhetoric of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg
Whitman and concluded, “it’s the same old line.
HM: Amy Alkon, The Advice Goddess, Syndicated Columnist
Comments: It’s an unusual entry for a commentary category. But I liked
Amy Alkon’s direct, breezy style that was devoid of political correctness
and the usual advice-column drivel. Her advice column is a really fun
read, with great turns of phrase, which, when you think about, is the basis
of good commentary whether the writer is talking about city budgets or
personal relationships. Well done.
B7. *COLUMNIST One person‘s viewpoint on any subject.
James Rainey, Los Angeles Times – “On The Media”
Comments: Columns are extremely well researched with numerous
sources. Issue is explained in detail in a way that can be easily followed,
leading the reader to understand and most likely agree with columnist’s
opinion and observations. Columnist knows his subject well from numerous
sides; this is evident in his convincing and well-supported stance and
indignation at “pay-to-play” TV journalism. A bonus is that the columns
sparked major changes, forcing out one news executive and triggering a
complaint to the FCC.
2nd Place: Patricia Bunin, Pasadena Star News – “Senior Moments”
HM: Tim Grobaty, Press-Telegram – “What’s Hot” on nightmare neighbors
B8.* ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN
Gustavo Turner, LA Weekly, ―Roger & Me: Street Art in the Global Village,
Listening to Yoko, The Cool Maestro‖
Comments: Gustavo Turner‘s delightful and humor-laced prose draws us
into the tale of a hypocritical megastar‘s PR machine, asks us to rethink
Yoko Ono and introduces us to a forgotten funk artist — all made
fascinating and real by Gustavo Turner‘s knowledge and panache.
2nd Place: Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Bening, Magic Man,
Chloe et al‖
HM: Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, ‗theater reviews‘
B9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE B9
Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times, ―Who Killed James Bond?‖
Comment: Concise writing and thorough research make for a well-
crafted look at the heyday and problematic present day of a legendary
2nd Place: Matt Coker, OC Weekly, ―Douchebag does Sundance‖
HM: Karina Longworth, LA Weekly, ―Sundance‘s Rebel Yell‖
Tie for First Place
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times, ―Anthony Davis: Dame fortune‖
Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly, ―Manny Pacquiao‖
Comments: Both were superb profiles of sports champions, one who never
capitalized on his college stardom and the other a current champion
looking for a second career. Anthony Davis is almost the American dream
in reverse: Not only could he have been a contender, but he was a
contender, in this case for the Heisman Trophy, who didn‘t have the pro
sports career he fully expected afterward. A fellow Trojan cautions in the
article that the rest of the world may not fully share the sky-high esteem
USC‘s fans have had for Davis and many others. The article did a fine job
of laying out Davis‘s many business ventures, none of them terribly
successful, over the years. Manny Pacquiao, who might want to read the
Davis article as a cautionary tale, is a boxer who seemingly has it all, and
is also taking up a really brutal sport – politics – in his native Philippines. The
article gives us some clues into just what makes Pacquiao so fierce in the
ring that even champions think twice about fighting him. The multiple
sources, depth of detail and colorful language made the article a joy to
HM: Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times, ―Cal Poly Crash – Tragedy Couldn‘t
kill team spirit‖
Steve Hensch, Los Angeles Times, ―336 Voters Opened Bell‘s Wallet‖
Comments: The headline so succinctly captures the main elements of the
story that a reader in a hurry might already have all they need. But it also
creates an air of mystery – how could this possibly happen – that compels
you to read the story anyway.
2nd Place: Donna Howell, Investor‘s Business Daily, ―Hangar Homes May
HM: James Laurin, San Diego Union-Tribune, ―Big Right, Nothing Left for
Kelly Lewis, OC Weekly, ―Hot Licks‖
Comments: An unexpected and resourceful design for a story about an
emerging trend. The repeated use of triptychs of large photo – small
photo – callout gives the design a thematic unity. The Old West imagery,
though certainly done before, seems fresh in this context. Antique
hanging caps were a nice touch.
2nd Place: Darrick Rainey, LA Weekly, ―Educating Maria‖
HM: Darrick Rainy, LA Weekly, ―Manny Pacquiao – the complete picture‖
C. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS
Under 50,000 circulations
C1. HARD NEWS
Marlize van Romburgh, Stephen Nellis, Henry Dubroff, Tony Biasotti, :
Pacific Coast Business Times, ―Pacific Capital‘s Ford Infusion‖
Comments: A very detailed financial transaction is laid out both simply
and in all its glory, aided by one of the world‘s best-labeled graphs right
on Page One. There‘s a fine companion profile of the main mover and
shaker behind the deal.
C2. NEWS FEATURE
Theresa Marie Moreau, The Remnant, ―They Died in China‖
Comment: ―I was drawn into this in-depth series of stories from the
opening sentence and couldn‘t put it down until I had read every word of
every story. That, to me, represents quality writing and reporting, which are
the hallmarks of exceptional feature writing.‖
2nd Place: Alexa Hyland, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Awaiting‖
HM: Carl Kozlowski, Pasadena Weekly, ―Ridin‘ with Dr. Feelgood‖
C3. PERSONALITY PROFILE
Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Cornering Downtown‖
Comments: Daniel Miller‘s story on real estate developer Barry Shy is
cunningly insightful, delving into the combatative Shy‘s many battles.
2nd Place: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―The Survivor‖
HM: Karmel Melamed, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles,
―Remembering Ebi: Why we fled Iran‖
Richard Clough, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―First Fed‘s Fault Lines‖
Comment: ―This is a great example of top-notch investigative journalism at
its best. The writer‘s use of FOIA requests to get at the real story – as well as
his constant digging – gave readers a fresh look at the seemingly
unintended consequence of the country‘s financial meltdown. What‘s
more, this is clearly the pacesetter of a very strong category of nominees.‖
2nd Place: Michael Collins, Pasadena Weekly, ―Monkeys‖
3rd Place: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―The Curious
Case of Brian Alexik‖
Marlize van Romburgh, Pacific Coast Business Times, ―Foreclosure Fiasco‘s
Ground Zero: Ventura County offices churned out paperwork―
Comments: Thoroughness of reporting and stylish writing, happily making
their journalistic home where Countrywide Financial was headquartered,
light up this account of the inside workings of the subprime mortgage
crisis. Quotes from insiders paint quite the picture of the road gone down
before the crash that shouldn‘t have surprised anyone – but did.
2nd Place: Anna Scott, LA Downtown News, ― To Have and to Hold, and
Hold and Hold and Hold and Hold‖
HM: Richard Clough, LA Business Journal, ―LA Corporate Credit Union
Faces Historic Damages‖
Amy Alkon, Creators Syndicate, ‘The Advice Goddess'”
Comments: Funny, edgy, relevant and thoroughly engaging. Amy’s VOICE
resonates with its readers and the visual and conversation style makes her
writing jump off the page!
2nd Place: Burbank Leader, “Burbank Leader Editorials”
HM: Thomas Elias, “Thomas Elias California Focus Syndicated Column”
Charles Crumpley, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Drawing a Line at City
Comment: Charles Crumpley didn‘t need many words to convey a witty –
but factual – jab at how the city of Los Angeles‘ financial crisis will
negatively impact an already-beleaguered business permits process. I
laughed out loud. Well done!‖
2nd Place: Dan Evans, Burbank Leader, ―Columns – Dan Evans‖
HM: Amy Alkon, Syndicated columnist, ―The Advice Goddess‖
C8. *ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN
C9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE
Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly, “The Story Behind the Stories'”
Comments: A fresh approach to an interesting topic, which is an
important form of literary publication and a valuable outlet for writers.
2nd Place: Naomi Pfefferman, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles,
“Kevin Spacey gets in touch with his inner Jew in ‘Casino Jack'””
HM: Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly, “Taking Back ‘Beautiful'”
Joel Russell, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Staying on a roll – Rob Dyrdek‖
Comments: There‘s much the general public doesn‘t know about
professional skateboarding – notably that even the best skateboarders
can‘t make a living from the prize money and must seek endorsement
deals. That and many other facts about the sport and one of its
champions are brought out in this entertaining story.
2nd Place: Jay Berman, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Keeping His Lens
on the Dodgers‖
Tom Hicks, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Cool With It‖
Comments: Sixties lingo meets global warming in this headline for a story
about businesses who see no reason to oppose California climate change
laws – despite organized business groups doing so vigorously.
2nd Place: University Times Staff, Cal State L.A., ―Othello Slays
HM: Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Bloodbath and
Brian Allison, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Don‘t Miss The Summer ―
Comments: Vibrant, imaginative, compelling look at events for summer
planning. Lots of summery colors and graphics. It makes out-of-towners
wish they‘d been in Los Angeles last summer rather than missing all that!
There was added nostalgia, given recent events, at seeing Manny
Ramirez again as the very symbol of the Dodgers.
2nd Place: Daniel Kacvinski, The Jewish Journal , ―Why Jews Should Care
About Prop 19‖
HM: Robert Laudry, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Restacking the Coin –
L.A.‘s Wealthiest Angelenos‖
Print – Newspaper/magazine/wire service/online
D1. NEWS PHOTO
Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―Haiti‘s Pain‖
Comment: ―Judges struggled with the top five. Compelling images from
the Haiti disaster. The winning photo made a real connection with the
2nd Place: Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, ―Altercation‖
HM: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―Survivors‖
D2. FEATURE PHOTO
Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times, ―Victims of Gang Violence‖
Comment: ―Hands down, best image in the entire contest. The innocence
of this victim was captured with great dignity. The image was a capstone
of a remarkable photo essay.‖
2nd Place: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―The Ultimate Sacrifice‖
HM: Michael Owen Baker, Los Angeles Daily News, Sheep Riding
D3. SPORTS PHOTO
Diandra Jay, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Celebration‖
Comment: A vivid and wonderfully alive reaction picture from a game.
2nd Place: Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram, ―I got it,‖
HM: John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News, Lakers Photo
D4. ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO
Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Soul Man‖
Comment: ―All judges were instantly drawn to the Clint Eastwood portrait
for the quality of the light and subtle emotion.‖
2nd Place: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Bell of the Ball‖
HM: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Something Different Shining
D5. EDITORIAL CARTOON
Lalo Alcaraz, Los Angeles Times, ―Universal Uclick‖
Comment: ―Lalo Alcaraz’s cartoons are unique in their style and subject
matter. His graphic images are succinct and get right to the point.‖
2nd Place: Patrick O’Connor, LA Weekly
HM: Doug Davis, Los Angeles Downtown News
D6. PHOTO ESSAY (single topic
Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times, ―Victims of Gang Violence‖
Comment: This was far and away the strongest category of the contest.
Judges struggled with their decision. The breadth of the content in this
category was refreshing! Photographer‘s efforts were passionate in telling
the important story about the impact of gang violence.‖
2nd Place: Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times, ―Project 50‖
HM: Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, ―Disaster in the Gulf‖
E2. BREAKING NEWS
Mitch Waldow, KTTV, ―Fatal Bus Crash‖
Comment: Excellent example of breaking news coverage, when the
reporter must delve into the worst possible story: the death of others.
Waldow does it with great professionalism.
Chuck Henny, Tara Wallis, Jose Hernandez, Fernando Torres, KNBC, ―Rock
and Roll Treasure‖.
Comments: This piece was engaging, entertaining, and a fascinating slice
of history to watch. It was well-edited and unfolded at the perfect pace.
We all want to meet her now and see her pictures! What a great look
back at the heyday of rock and roll.
2nd Place: Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Steve Lopez and
Alberto Arce, KCET-TV, ―Putting on Ayers‖.
Comments: This musical piece was a fascinating look at a man who has
truly turned his life around. The story focused on Ayers, not the
―superstars‖ who wanted to work with him, and the judges appreciated
that focus. A well edited piece, it focused not only on the man‘s life, but
on the music he makes.
HM: Fred Mamoun, Ana Garcia, Kevin Nious, Jose Hernandez, Lindsey
Jackson , KNBC-TV, ―Mercury in Seafood Series‖.
Comments: An interesting series looking at a problem especially pervasive
in health-conscious Southern California, the taint of mercury in our
seafood. Good demonstration of the breadth of the problem and how it
Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Vince Gonzales, Lata Pandya,
Alberto Arce, KCET, ―Protected or Neglected‖
Comments: Really interesting stories focusing on a big problem in the
region: OSHA not keeping workers safe. This investigation had all the
elements: good pacing, foreshadowing, well-told stories, victims, a ―bad
guy,‖ confrontation, excellent editing and storytelling.
2nd Place: Frank Snepp, Colleen Williams, Yvonne Beltzer , KNBC, ―TSA
Investigation: Is it Safe to Fly?‖
Comments: This story was a fascinating look at ―the security behind the
security.‖ What really happens when the safety guys take over? Are you
safe? Is your stuff? Why isn‘t there better oversight?
HM: Chris Blatchford, KTTV-Fox 11, ―Hawthorne Corruption‖
Comments: What happens when the police chief tries to cover up a snafu
at a strip club? A good investigative story. This story uncovered all the dirt
under the rocks regarding the incident with the elected officials and the
ensuing attempts to make it go away. Good investigative work.
Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket Team, ―Bryshon Nellum‘s Road to Recovery‖
Comments: Well-told story about an athlete who was on his way to the
top, but then an injury changed everything. Now he‘s on his way back.
Well-told with great sports video, emotion, well-edited.
2nd Place: Fred Mamoun, Ana Garcia, Kevin Nious, Lindsey Jackson,
KNBC, ―Winter Olympic Games Stories‖
Comments: Great compilation of well-told, well-edited stories about the
various local stars of the 2010 Winter Olympics and how they all got to the
HM: Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket Team, ―Nickell Robey‘s Journey To USC‖
Comments: Another emotional, well-told story about a young man who
had his athletic career halted by a family tragedy that rocked his world.
The journalists shared his story, the emotion and his own personal struggle
to make it, as well as the school‘s dedication to helping this young
E6. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE
Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Judy Muller, Michael Bloecher
and Anne Lilburn, KCET-TV, ―Socal Connected; Celluloid Ceiling‖
Comments: Kathyrn Bigelow may have just won the Oscar for Best
Director, but she‘s one of only a few female directors even nominated up
until now. Judy Muller and her team look at accomplished women
directors still needing to fight to get any directing work at all in Hollywood.
Many movie fans might have missed that the Twilight films are directed by
a woman, who‘s interviewed. Probably few in the country realize, though,
that Martha Cooldige was elected by her fellow directors to head the
Directors Guild of America – but still had trouble getting films to direct.
There‘s also a good look at what makes a good director, and some sadly
humorous quotes about female directors being ―too emotional‖ for many
producers when quite a few prominent male directors are famously
unhinged on the set.
2nd Place: George Pennacchio and Cheryl Diano, KABC-TV, ―Best Worst
HM: Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, David Lazarus, Alberto
Arce, and Anne Lilburn, ―Runaway Production‖
E7. TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS
SoCal Connected, KCET, ―The Price of Power/Track To The Future/My DWP
Comments: All of the stories were well done, informative and the entire
show moved very well. ‘Track to the Future’ was our favorite story and we
loved how well-researched the ‘My DWP Bill’ story was.
2nd Place: SoCal Connected, KCET, ―Sacramento Dreamin/Climate
Recall/Between The Line‖
HM: Jannelle So, KSCITV-LA 18, ―Surviving human trafficking, sexual assault,
Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket, ―Life And Times Of John Wooden‖
Comments: Loved the use of old interviews and photos to tell such an
epic story about an amazing life. The pacing was exceptional. John
Wooden would be proud.
2nd Place: News Organization: Rebecca Neito, Robert Kovacik, Thomas
Bravo, Scott Meadows, Lindsey Jackson et al, KNBC, ―Untold Stories Of
HM: SoCal Connected, KCET, ―Protected or Neglected‖
Jim Rondeau, KCLU
Comments: A conversational yet authoritative newscast. Well-constructed
and nicely delivered, holding the listener’s interest.
2nd Place: Steve Jullian: KPCC
HM: Alex Cohen: KPCC
F2. BREAKING NEWS
KNX, So Cal Storms
Comments: This is what team coverage during breaking news events is all
about. Reporters did an excellent job of setting the scene. Anchors were
2nd Place: KCLU: Simi Valley Lab Explosion
HM: KCRW: Which Way LA?
BREAKING NEWS OR FEATURE SHORT FORM
John Baird, KNX, SoCal Stormin’
Comment: A very interesting and informative piece with a playful twist.
Nice use of NATS and balance between news and sports.
2nd Place: Steve Gregory, KFI, The KOGI BBQ Experience.
HM: Brian Watt, KPCC, ―Tesla-Toyota‖
Madeleine Brand/Kristen Muller, KPCC, ―LA River ―
Comments: A powerful combination of local history, personal tragedy and
public service. Deeply moving narrative.
2nd Place: Nelson Aguilar and Cason Smith, KSAK, ―Big League/College
HM: Brian Watt, KPCC, ―Sleeper Memorial‖
Jason Nathanson, KNX, ―Up In Smoke‖
Comments: Well-researched, entertaining and informative. Nice work.
2nd Place: KPCC, ―Prison Health Series‖
HM: KNX, ―LAX: No Way Out‖
F6. ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING/*CRITICISM
Larry Mantle, KPCC, ―Oliver Stone‖
Comments: This crackling interview went beyond normal chit chat.
Mantle established a good rapport with Stone and pushed him with tough
2nd Place: Kim Masters, KCRW, ―The Business‖
HM: Steve Cuevas, KPCC, ―Surf King‖
Jon Baird, KNX, ―Foul Ball Freak-Out ―
Comments: Informative report on an issue that a lot of fans don‘t think
2nd Place: Lance Orozco/Jim Rondeau, KCLU, ―It‘s More Than A Game‖
HM: Susan Valot, KPCC, ―Curling‖
F8. USE OF SOUND
Kevin Ferguson, KPCC, ―Patch Work‖
Comments: Great use of audio in a narrative way, demonstrating notes
and sounds of all the instruments. Great voicing too.
2nd Place: “Claudia Amezcua/Cason Smith, KSAK, Renaissance Faire
HM: Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, ―Awake Brain Surgery‖
F9. TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Airtalk With Larry Mantle, KPCC, ―Airtalk: Live from Phoenix‖
Comments: A professional, well-produced and fast-paced presentation.
This show gave all sides of the issue.
2nd Place: The Patt Morrison Show, KPCC, ―St. John‘s‖
HM: The Madeleine Brand Show, KPCC, ―The Madeleine Brand Show‖
Andrew Mollenbeck, Andy Ludlum, Bill Nesbitt, KNX, ―Haiti: Hope in the
Comments: Excellent documentary. A lot of hard work went into this
special. Great narrative.
2nd Place: John North, KCLU, ―K-12 Education in Crisis‖
HM: Cason Smith and Nelson Aguilar, KSAK, ―Big League/College Dreams‖
David Evans, Bloomberg Markets magazine, ―Duping the Families of Fallen
Comment: ―David Evans dug deep to uncover this seemingly
unbelievable story about how more than 130 life insurance companies
were profiting from death benefits owed to the families of deceased
service members…and then he dug some more. This is hard-hitting
investigative journalism the way it‘s supposed to be done!‖
2nd Place: Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, Newsweek, ―The Creativity
HM: Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Michael White, Bloomberg
Businessweek, ―King of the World (Again)‖
David Schneider, Slake: Los Angeles, ―Ballad of the Trunk Monkey‖
Comment: ―I was drawn into this unconventional piece from the first
sentence and then carried along like a track car on a macabre roller
coaster. The story was fun, engaging, entertaining and, most important,
exceptionally well-written. It was so good I re-read it several times.‖
2nd Place: Richard Siklos, Business Week Magazine, ―Extreme Moneyball‖
HM: Peter Suderman, Reason, ―The Gatekeeper – How a little
bureaucratic office became the biggest impediment to Barack Obama‘s
health care plans‖
G3. PERSONALITY PROFILE
Steve Oney, Playboy Magazine, ―Hollywood Fixer‖
Comment: Engaging and enlightening, a succinctly written profile that
reveals an interesting man characterized by his atypical career.
2nd Place: Peter Suderman, Reason Magazine, ―Paul Ryan: Radical or
HM: Monica Rizzo and Alexis Chiu, People Magazine, ―Jennifer Grey
G4. *ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN
Matt Welch, Reason Magazine, ―Bailing Out Big Brother‖
Comments: In his piercing critique of two authors who want federal
subsidies for news media, Welch calmly dismisses the idea of letting
government take on ―the care and feeding of its watchdog.‖ Persuasive
and intricately researched.
2nd Place: Greg Beato, Reason Magazine, ―From Paris Hilton to John
Edwards: Celebrity sex tapes are the signature art form of Our Age‖
HM: Arty Nelson, Slake Los Angeles, ―Abstract L.A.‖
G5. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE
Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg Business Week,
―Revenge of the Cable Guys‖
Comments: Grover, Lowry and Edwards beautifully explain the ridiculously
complex effort by cable firms to launch ―TV Everywhere,‖ the ability to
view everything you wish on your laptop, tablet and someday your phone
— and to do it so easily that you‘re willing to pay for it.
2nd Place: James M. Dorsey, Reason Magazine, ―Rap and Metal on Plant
HM: Julie Jordan, People Magazine, ―I Miss Patrick So Much‖
G6.* IN-HOUSE OR CORPORATE PUBLICATION
Bennet Kelley, Internet Law Center, Cyber Report
Comments: Lots of news and info on an emerging field of law (and
business), presented simply with lots of links for even more information.
2nd Place: Mary Lee, San Diego Community College District, We (With
HM: Mary Lee, San Diego Community College District, 2009 SDCCD
Citizens’ Oversiqht Committee
Julie Fax, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, ―The Ugly Secret‖
Comments: The author shines a light on a non-physical abuse, a pervasive
stigma among Jewish woman, with this thoroughly researched and well
2nd Place: Sachi Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, ―They‘ve struck oil, but
they‘re not rich‖
HM: Matthew Fleischer, Witness L.A., ―Follow the gang money: Part 2 – The
H2. NEWS TWEET Single or series.
Imran Jattala, Ahmadiyya Times/ Ahmadiyyatimes.com, Tweets from May
Comments: Reading tweets as violence escalates and information
changes tone was fascinating. Game changing use of this social tool.
2nd Place: Nita Lelyveld, Martin Beck, Los Angeles Times, Twitter Update
During Dec. Deluge
HM: Alex Wilk, ATVN – USC , ―Pres. Obama Visits USC‖
HM: Alex Schaffert, Southern California Public Radio, ―Election Night 2010‖
Stef Willen, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, “All in A Days Tragedy”
Comments: The subject matter is unique and interesting, and Willen’s
writing style is bold, engaging and heartfelt. She has a great sense of
humor and honesty.
2nd Place: Stef Willen, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, “I Think I Found
HM: Michael Jack Lawlor, Transmopolis, “Dr Mongo: LA’s Spoken Word”
News Organization: Transmopolis
H4. PERSONALITY PROFILE
Robert Meeks and Greg Mellen, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―From the
streets, ‗Kingman‘ rises‖
Comments: A concisely written profile of local character ―Kingman‖ that
nonetheless manages to recount events spanning different countries and
even decades in an orderly manner. The well-produce video
complements it astoundingly – quality primary and secondary footage;
compelling quotes from Linton and moving musical selections; and an
efficient reorganization of the paper‘s text for a fine script.
2nd Place: John Gittelsohn and Nadja Brandt, BusinessWeek, ―Trump
Evokes Doubts of Fading Apprentice With Newest Link to Golf as Brand‖
HM: Callie Schweitzer, Neon Tommy, ―For One Pulitzer Prize Winning
Photographer, Some Days Are Never Forgotten‖
H5. CONSUMER JOURNALISM Service oriented journalism.
David Evans, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, ―Fallen Soldier‘s Family
Denied Cash as Insurers Profit‖
Comments: Thorough and informative. Very relevant to current affairs.
Glad someone has brought light to the situation – and an investigation.
2nd Place: Callie Schweitzer, NeonTommy.com, ―Social Media Campaign
for National Coming Out Week has Roots ion L.A.‖
HM: Michael Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, ―Vegas Bets on Sexy Dancers‖
H6. MULTI MEDIA PACKAGE
Genaro Molina, Albert Lee, Bryan Chan and Marc Martin, Los Angeles
Times, ―Project 50‖
Comments: What a multi-media journey. This creative group told the story
of skid row’s homeless. The presentation was flawless and the hard work
showed. Great photos, video, sound and stories.
2nd Place: * AirTalk and Digital Staffs, KPCC, ―Evaluating Teacher
Comments: Again using all media to inform the user on how teachers are
HM: Mark Boster, Dkathy MY Pyon, Calvin Hom, Don Kelsen and Sean
Connelley, Los Angeles Times, ―Four Seasons in Yosemite‖
Stef Willen, McSweeney‘s Internet Tendency, A Column About
Inventorying Other People‘s Tragedies
Comments: At some point, Willen‘s columns should be bound in a volume
and made available to the readers who have the misfortune of not
frequenting the portal where ―Total Loss‖ is published. Its themes are so
human, permanent and universal that they rise above the temporary feel
of much of the political and economic matter its competitors drew from.
The vivid, engaging pieces are written and edited expertly, to boot.
2nd Place: Greg Beato, Reason, ―Copy Fight: A new front opens in the
battle over online copyright infringement‖
HM: Timothy A. Spangler, Forbes Online, ―On the Docket: Inside the
H8. ONLINE SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY
Mark Heisler, Truthdig.com, ―Role Models for the Id‖
Comments: Heisler takes on a hot-button topic and two iconic but
controversial sports stars like Ben Roethlisberger and Tiger Woods in a very
informative, entertaining, witty and provocative way. No pulling punches
and even using his own family to kind of put a bow on the commentary
and wrap it up at the end. An easy read, never dragged, makes you
constantly wait for the next paragraph to see where he might be going
next. It is the kind of piece that is interesting because of the premise, but
continuously makes you think throughout – whether you agree with him or
2nd Place: Shotgun Spratling, Neon Tommy, ―Not Everyone Should Be
Allowed to Wear 42‖
HM: Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Don‘t Stand So Close to Me, I
Gotta See Zenyatta Just One More Time‖
H9. ENTERTAINNMENT NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY/REVIEWS
Dylan Howard & David Perel, RadarOnline.com, ―Mel Gibson: Sex, Lies &
Comments: This is a great example of how online publications can apply
standard journalism techniques to provide coverage of a story. It‘s
research, interview, sourcing and reporting at its best. Congratulations for
your work combining these two worlds in reporting a news story.
2nd Place: Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBCLA.com, ―Courtney Love Assembles a
HM: Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com, ―The Pictures of War You Aren‘t
Supposed to See‖
H10. WEBLOG, INDIVIDUAL
Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA.com
Comments: Good reporting, passionate writing, righteous anger – the
2nd Place: Ted Johnson, Variety, WilshireandWashington.com
HM: Brad A. Greenberg, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, The
H11. WEBLOG, GROUP
Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly, ―Squid Ink‖
Comments: Wide range of subject matter, covered in a nice variety of
ways. Interviews are good, there are newsy items and some profiles. I‘d
read this blog regularly.
2nd Place: Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Farther off the Wall‖
HM: Alex Schaffert, Southern California Public Radio, ―Pacific Swell‖
H12. WEBSITE, EXCLUSIVE TO THE INTERNET
Zaude Kaufman, Truthdig.com
Comments: Good looking, interactive and deep website. Lots of work
goes into this site and it shows.
2nd Place: Dainiel Heimpel, Fosteringmediaconnections.org
Comments: A one man crusade well presented. Good work.
HM: Imran Jattala, AhmadiyyaTimes.com
H13. WEBSITE, NEWS ORGANIZATION
Michael Fleeman, Marla Lehner and Dahvi Shira, People Magazine,
Comments: Bright and colorful easy to navigate. Reflects the tone of the
2nd Place: Erin Broadley and Drex Heikes, LA Weekly, LAWeekly.com
HM: Nick Gillespie, Reason Magazine, Reason.com
H14. FACEBOOK PRESENCE BY A NEWS ORGANIZATION
LA Weekly Facebook page
Comments: The page engages its users, and gets tons of comments. Huge
audience gain since entry was submitted. Enjoyed the added features.
2nd Place: Alex Schaffert, KPCCFM, KPCC S. Cal Public Radio
HM: Anil Dewan, Which Way LA?,KCRW FM
H15. BEST FACEBOOK PRESENCE BY AN INDIVIDUAL
Stella Inger Facebook page
Stella has gained a large audience that is very active. Comments abound
on this page, which is easier said than done by an individual.
I. SPECIAL INTEREST JOURNALISM
I1. ADVOCACY JOURNALISM
Nick Gillespie, Paul Feine and Drew Carrey, Reason Magazine, ―Reason
Comments: Can a team of journalists and advocates fix a failed city that
has lost half its residents? Reason‘s video series told Cleveland what was
wrong with its schools and anti-business policies and how to fix it. The
stunned City Council asked them to town to hear more. A strong start to a
wildly ambitious activism project.
2nd Place: Matthew Fleisher & Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA/Spot.Us, ―The LA
HM: Daniel Heimpel, FosteringMediaConnections.org, ―Changing the
Foster Care Narrative‖
J. INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM
J1. HARD NEWS
Claudine Mulard, Le Monde (France), “Should the California Constitution
Comments: Excellent writing. Claudine’s varied diction, intellect and
thorough reporting style made this piece thought-provoking and
J2. NEWS FEATURE
Claes Andreasson, Swedish National Public Radio, ―Death In The Desert‖
Comments: The story created was vivid…we felt like we were there.
2nd Place: Anna Jonsson Connell, Hemtrevligt Magazine, ―Lars Roos At My
HM: Daniele Compatangelo, Italian TV, ―The Los Angeles Breakdown‖
J3. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE
Claudia Laffranchi, Swiss Made Magazine, ―Time To Give‖
Comments: Positive entertainment piece on charity within Hollywood. We
just loved this!
2nd Place: Claes Andreasson, Swedish National Public Radio, ―Meet Me @
HM: Tom Tugend, Jerusalem Post, ―Cellulord Paranoia‖
J4. *COLUMNIST OR CRITIC
Tom Walters, CTV News (Canadian Television), “Image Rehab?”
Comments: Interesting, timely and relevant content that speaks to current
social and familial issues. Nicely done.
2nd Place: Barbara Gasser, Steiermark Report (Austria), “Election Time”
K. YOUTH AND STUDENT MEDIA
K1.* BEST STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Staff, Los Angeles Collegian, LA City College
Comments: This jam-packed campus paper takes on a secretive and
arrogant college administration on many issues and discovers emails that
shows the adults’ hostility towards the student reporters. These young
people are doing their jobs, and a fine job at that.
2ndPlace: Staff, University Times, Cal State LA
K2. BEST NEWS WEBSITE
*Staff, University Times, Cal State LA
Comments: A live site filled with news, culture and even heartfelt rants,
University Times at the url CoolStateLA is well-written and offers a nice
variety for readers.
K3. BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG
K4. *BEST PHOTOGRAPHY
Reuben E. Reynoso, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Diverse‖
Comments: Reuben Reynoso is heading for great things with his artful
photo design talents that blend a wry political sensibility with fine
2nd Place: Claudine Jasmin, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Dental Technician
HM: Shotgun Spratling, Neon Tommy, ―USC-Notre Dame Fotball Game‖
K5. *BEST WRITING—PRINT
Reuben E. Reynoso, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Professor Journeys Through
Comments: This is a beautiful conceived and detailed profile about the
fascinating entry of an American into a secret world in west Africa. Written
like a pro.
2nd Place: Mary Mars Melnicoff, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Sports by the
HM: Alexander Woodman, UCLA, ―Struggle for Perceptibility‖