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A message From the PRESS CLUB President

                                   ello, and welcome to the 63rd Annual Southern
                                   California Journalism Awards!
                                      Tonight’s gala is our first in-person event in nearly
                         two years. We are thrilled that we can gather together again
                         to celebrate the great work that was produced during the
                         biggest news event of recent times: the COVID-19 pandemic.
                         Journalists this year submitted close to 2,000 entries, a record!
                            While we celebrate that work, we also want to highlight
                         the important efforts the club has made to advocate for press
                         freedom. As journalists were being physically and verbally
                         attacked for doing their jobs, the Press Club documented
                         many cases and pushed for new protections for the media.
                            Adam Rose, our secretary and chair of the Press Rights
Lisa Richwine
                         Committee, has tirelessly led this initiative. Please take some
                         time to read Adam’s update on these activities in the program.
                            I’d like to thank Adam and the rest of the Press Club
                         board for the significant time and energy they have devoted
                         to support the club’s activities. And a special shout-out to
                         Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus for keeping the club
                         running during the past two challenging years.
                            Thanks everyone for joining us tonight to celebrate serious

                         Lisa Richwine
                         L.A. Press Club President

                          Southern California 1 Journalism Awards
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     journalism awards
                                                                                                the Advisory
                                                                                                RICK J. CARUSO
                                                                                                Founder & CEO
                                                                                                Caruso Affiliated

Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2020 and                                                     MADELINE DI NONNO
Honorary Awards for 2021                                                                        Geena Davis Institute on
                                                                                                Gender in Media
                                                                                                DAVID W. FLEMING
        The GUARDIAN Award
        For Contributions to Press Freedom
                                                                                                Latham & Watkins LLP                       We are pleased to join with the
           Josie Huang
                                                                                                Bill imada
                                                                                                Chairman & Chief Collaboration Officer       Los Angeles Press Club
                                                                                                                                                   in celebrating
                                                                                                IW Group, Inc.

                                                                                                sabrina kay

                                                                                                                                               this year’s honorees.
                                                                                                Chancellor & CEO
        The Daniel Pearl Award                                                                  Fremont College and Fremont Private
        For Courage and Integrity in Journalism                                                 Investments

           Bari Weiss                                                                           kat kramer
                                                                                                Actress, singer, producer
                                                                                                SHERRY LANSING
        THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD                                                                   CEO
                                                                                                The Sherry Lansing Foundation
        For Impact on Media
                                                                                                GEORGE E. MOSS
           Dr. Sanjay Gupta                                                                     Chairman
           CNN                                                                                  Moss Group
                                                                                                CONSTANCE L. RICE
        The Joseph M. Quinn Award                                                               Advancement Project
        For Lifetime Achievement                                                                HON. RICHARD J. RIORDAN
                                                                                                Former Mayor of Los Angeles
           Marc Brown
                                                                                                ANGELICA SALAS
           ABC7                                                                                 Director
                                                                                                Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of
                                                                                                Los Angeles
        THE BILL ROSENDAHL PUBLIC SERVICE                                                       CAROL E. SCHATZ
        AWARD                                                                                   President & CEO
                                                                                                Downtown Center Business Improve­ment
        For Contributions to Civic Life                                                         District

           Sean Penn and Ann Lee                                                                GARY L. TOEBBEN
                                                                                                President & CEO
           CORE                                                                                 Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                MATT TOLEDO
                                                                                                President & Publisher
                                                                                                Los Angeles Business Journal
        Saturday, October 16, 2021                                                              STUART WALDMAN
        The Crystal Ballroom, Millennium Biltmore Hotel                                         Valley Industry & Commerce Association
        506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

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SCHEDULE                   4:30 p.m. red carpet
                           5:00 p.m. COCKTAILS AND SILENT AUCTION

OF EVENTS                  6:00 p.m. DINNER and program—SILENT AUCTION CLOSES AT 8:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                 Proud to support the
   For all finalists see
          pages 42-58      Presenters Cher Calvin and Robert Kovacik

                           Lisa Richwine with LA Press Club affairs and
                           $1,000 Scholarship Raffle
                           Presenters Cher Calvin and Robert Kovacik
                           PUBLIC AFFAIRS/PUBLIC SERVICE
                           THE GUARDIAN AWARD: Josie Huang, introduced by Adam Rose
                           Presenters Cher Calvin and Danny Bakewell, Jr.

                           PUBLIC SERVICE
                           DANIEL PEARL AWARD: Bari Weiss, introduced by Judea Pearl
                           Presenters Dr. Wendy Walsh and Melvin Robert
                           SOCIAL MEDIA/BLOGS

                           ENTERTAINMENT: Comic Aida Rodriguez
                           Presenters George Pennacchio and Danielle Nottingham
                           THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

                           Presenters George Pennacchio and Jovana Lara
                           THE JOSEPH M. QUINN AWARD: Marc Brown, introduced by George Pennacchio
                           Presenters Dr. Wendy Walsh and Robert Kovacik
                           Journalists of the Year
                           BILL ROSENDAHL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Sean Penn and Ann Lee, introduced
                           by Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas

                           Don’t forget to pick up your certificates and silent auction goods on your way out.
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The Inimitable Buster Sussman
Tonight’s Awards Are Co-Dedicated to the Press Club’s Passionate Presence
By jon regardie

I                                                                                                                                                               INFORMING THE PUBLIC
     f you attended any Los Angeles Press Club
     events in the past few decades, then you undoubtedly
     crossed paths with a garrulous, debonair man with
a trim white goatee and dancing brown eyes. And once
this man—Buster Sussman—had you in his orbit, he’d
captivate you with jokes and stories from his decades in
journalism, maybe even mentioning how, while still in                                                                                                      In a year defined by public service journalism, the Los Angeles Times is honored to stand among distinguished
elementary school, he interviewed a Civil War veteran.                                                                                                  colleagues, all of whom are dedicated to a free press, informed citizenry and serving their community. We are proud
    Buster was involved with the Los Angeles Press Club                                                                                                     of all the SoCal Journalism Award honorees and grateful to the L.A. Press Club for recognizing this vital work.
for more than 70 years. A member since 1948 and going
back to the 1970s, with roles including serving on the
Board of Directors, running the Club’s Educational
Foundation and finding funding for events. He was a
tireless volunteer, regularly showing up at the Club’s for-
mer offices in the Steve Allen Theater, just to help out or
share his many ideas.
    Buster passed away in April of 2020, the day after his
93rd birthday. Tonight’s Southern California Journalism
Awards are co-dedicated to him.
    Buster was born on April 16, 1927, in San Francisco.
His family moved to Los Angeles and he attended South
Pasadena High School and then the University of South-
ern California, where his journalism studies were
interrupted by a stint in the Army. He
never saw combat, and in                                                                                                                        LA PRESS CLUB OFFICERS                                  board membERS
a Press Club pro-
file, in his inimita-
ble way, he dead-
panned, “I enjoyed
the army. I had a fine
    He began his news-
paper career with the                                                                                                                            PRESIDENT                                                 DANNY J. BAKEWELL, JR., Exec. Editor, Los Angeles Sentinel
                                                                                                                                                 Lisa Richwine, Media & Entertainment
small Oakdale Enter-                                            Buster Sussman was a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for                                                                              BRITTANY LEVINE BECKMAN, Managing Editor, Mashable
                                                                over 70 years. In 2008, his 50 years of involvement in jourrnalism was           Correspondent, Reuters
prise. “It was almost                                                                                                                                                                                      JOSH CAMPBELL, Correspondent, CNN
                                                                celebrated in the 50th SCJA booklet.              Photos: Charlotte Osterdahl    VICE PRESIDENT
gone when I got there,”
                                                                                                                                                 Cher Calvin, Anchor/Reporter, KTLA, Los Angeles           ANH DO, Metro Reporter, Los Angeles Times
he joked in the profile.
“I’m sure I didn’t help it.”                                       Vietnamese, Latino and Filipino journalists. He spent                         TREASURER                                                 EMILY ELENA DUGDALE, KPCC/LAist
                                                                                                                                                 John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg News
    His career would take                                           time mentoring journalism students who were attend-
him to newsrooms includ-                                            ing Los Angeles Community College. He was affiliated
ing the San Francisco Exam-                                     with myriad groups, and Press Club members can fondly
iner, the Los Angeles Exam-                                     recall how Buster would call them up and describe plans to
iner, the Daily Breeze and                                      bring different communities together.
the L.A. Times. Even after                                         He was a widower with two children, four grand­children,
his reporting days ended,                                       and two great-grandchildren and also a passionate artist
he stayed enmeshed in the                                       (some of his works are available at the auction this eve-                        SECRETARY                                                 scott feinberg, Awards Columnist, The Hollywood Reporter
world of journalism, and                                        ning).                                                                           Adam J. Rose, Senior Editorial Producer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           nic cha kim, PBS SoCal, KCET
in pure Buster fashion, he                                         Buster had a unique approach to life, and could simulta­                      ViacomCBS
                                                                                                                                                                                                           george pennacchio, Entertainment Reporter, ABC7 Eyewitness News
never limited himself; over                                     neously dispense wisdom, humor and perspective. At the                           EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
the decades he worked                                           end of the Press Club profile, he left a writer with these                       Diana Ljungaeus, International Journalist                 malina Saval, Features Editor, Variety
with organizations repre-                                       words: “Life is like being at a party, where you go around                                                                                 CATALINA VILLEGAS, Spectrum News1
senting African-American,                                       and sample the food. Then you realize the party’s over.”

                                                   Los Angeles 6 Press CLub                                                                                                                        Southern California 7 Journalism Awards
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The Years in Review 2019 – 2020

                        Two Busy Highly                                                                                       discussion with Jay Roach, director of Bombshell,
                                                                                                                              a movie about the women who exposed sex-
                                                                                                                              ual harassment at Fox News. Bombshell won the

                        Unusual Years
                                                                                                                              club’s annual Veritas Award, which honors a film
                                                                                                                              inspired by true events.
                                                                                                                                 COVID-19 made its impact felt the next month,                                            George Pennacchio
                                                                                                                              and like every other organization, the Press Club                                           interviewed Ann-Margret,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Legendary Awardee.
                                                                                                                              had to adjust. Since March 2020, there has been
                          The Press Club Stayed Active, Even if the Pandemic                                                  a series of virtual events, and the club has men-
                          Moved Activities Online                                                                             tored early-career fellows, provided emergency
                                                                                                                              funds to journalists in need, and advocated for
                                                                                                                              press freedom.
                         Throughout the pandemic, the Los Angeles           who received the Impact Award, and director          The pandemic resulted in many journal-
                         Press Club has been busy supporting serious        Quentin Tarantino, recipient of the Distin-       ists being laid off or having their hours and pay
                         journalism in ways old and new.                    guished Storyteller Award.                        reduced. Opportunities for freelancers shrunk
                            In December 2019, the club hosted one of           The Visionary Award was given to actor Danny   dramatically. The Press Club was able to provide
                         its last pre-coronavirus in-person events, the     Trejo. Actress Ann-Margret received the Legend    emergency funds to some 200 journalists in South-
                         12th annual National Arts and Entertain-           Award and journalist Ben Mankiewicz was hon-      ern California thanks to generous grants from the
                         ment Journalism Awards. Honorees included          ored with the Luminary Award.                     Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The funding
                         Tarana Burke, the Me Too movement founder             In February 2020, the Press Club hosted a      helped reporters, photographers, TV producers and

Above from left: Executive                                                                                                                                                                                         Above from left: Jamie Foxx made
producers Jesse Daniels and                                                                                                                                                                                        the introduction for Distinguished
Brie Miranda Bryant accepted                                                                                                                                                                                       Storyteller Awardee Quentin
the President’s Award for                                                                                                                                                                                          Tarantino; Judea Pearl presented
Surviving R. Kelly; Magic                                                                                                                                                                                          Nima Elbagir with the Daniel Pearl
Johnson introduced and Pat                                                                                                                                                                                         Award; Bill Hader introduced
Harvey presented the Joseph                                                                                                                                                                                        Henry Winkler, recipient of the Bill
M. Quinn Award to Jim Hill.                                                                                                                                                                                        Rosendahl Public Service Award.
Right: Rosanna Arquette                                                                                                                                                                                            Far left: Ben Mankiewicz, who
introduced Impact Awardee                                                                                                                                                                                          received The Luminary Award, was
Tarana Burke, who launched                                                                                                                                                                                         introduced by his brother, Josh
the “Me Too” movement.                                                                                                                                                                                             Mankiewicz.
Far right: Calif. Rep. Tony                                                                                                                                                                                        Left: The Spectrum News1 team
Cárdenas introduced Danny                                                                                                                                                                                          makes an appearance: Jada
Trejo, recipient of The                                                                                                                                                                                            Montemarano, Rick Adams, Melvin
Visionary Award.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Robert, Giselle Fernandez.

                                                 Los Angeles 8 Press CLub                                                                                                Southern California 9 Journalism Awards
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The Years in Review 2019 – 2020

Patt Morrison hosted a 2019 discussion with New York Times   LAPC’s screening of This Changes Everything in 2019 was followed by a discussion
reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of The      with panelists, director Tom Donahue, Kimberly Peirce, executive producer Geena
Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.              Davis, Catherine Hardwicke and moderator screenwriter/journalist Devra Maza.

Bombshell director, Jay
Roach, discussed the
movie at a Press Club
event hosted by
Dr. Wendy Walsh.
Bombshell was the 2020
Veritas Award winner.

Far right: One example
which intensified the LA
Press Club’s efforts to
support press freedom.
Lexis-Olivier Ray of L.A.
TACO was covering the
L.A. Dodgers World          other members of the media pay for rent, health           the Foot in the Door Fellowship, a program
Series celebrations in      insurance and other immediate needs.                      designed to help people from groups that have
Oct. 2020. He said, “A
group of LAPD officers         The club also intensified its work to support          historically been underrepresented in media.
just broke my camera        the ability of journalists to do their jobs.                  The two biggest events scheduled for 2020—
mic, tackled me to the         Adam Rose, chair of the club’s Press Rights            the Southern California Journalism Awards and
ground and beat me
with their batons, after
                            Committee, led this effort on several fronts.             the National Arts and Entertainment Awards—
I identified myself as      Joined by other journalism organizations, the             still took place, though they were scaled down
a journalist multiple       Press Club successfully lobbied the California            and moved online. Director Aaron Sorkin
times.”                     legislature to pass a bill that would protect jour-       accepted the 2021 Veritas Award for his movie
                            nalists from arrest during protests. As of press          The Trial of the Chicago 7.
                            time, the legislation was awaiting Gov. Gavin                 The club also held several online events as
                            Newsom’s signature into law.                              members stayed close to home. The makers
                               Other initiatives included creating a tip sheet        of the documentary The Social Dilemma dis-
                            for journalists on how to stay safe when cover-           cussed the impact of social media on society,
                            ing demonstrations. The club also referred some           and author Lisa Napoli talked about her book
                            journalists who had been mistreated by police             Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of
                            to lawyers, trauma support and other assistance.          24-Hour News.
                               As people around the globe rallied for racial              One online workshop offered information
                            justice, the Press Club created a grant for Report-       about how journalists can take care of their
                            ing on Systemic Racism. Another grant, the                mental health. Then there was the virtual series
                            Charles M. Rappleye Investigative Journalism              Art Classes for Journalists, allowing members
                            Award, was given to two journalists who are               to spend time on a creative pursuit and connect
                            reporting on vaccine hesitancy and other issues           with others.
                            related to the pandemic.                                      The Press Club now has the support of more
                               Additionally, the club provided mentoring              than 1,000 members from throughout Southern
                            to two classes of young journalists through               California. To join, check out lapressclub.org.

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Meet the Foot in the Door Fellows
                                                                                                                                   Priyanka: Priyanka is a documentarian and a social            South Asia during the pandemic.
                                                                                                                                justice reporter. After a decade-long career as a video             Nancy Guan: Nancy is currently the general assignment
                                                                                                                                producer in India, she was recruited into the USC                reporter for the Savannah Morning News, the newspaper
                                                                                                                                Annenberg Specialized Journalism master’s program                for coastal Georgia. She is originally from Los Angeles and
Press Club Continues Its Effort to Help Early-Career Journalists                                                                as a graduate fellow. Since graduation, she has been             graduated from the USC Journalism program in 2020.
Historically Excluded From the Media                                                                                            freelancing and reporting on communities of color in the
                                                                                                                                Bay Area. Currently, she is producing a micro-documentary
                                                                                                                                                                                                 She previously worked at a local digital publication in
                                                                                                                                commissioned by the Asian American Documentary                      Nancy has covered local government, public safety,

       s the Los Angeles Press Club began planning the           multimedia journalist passionate about covering culture,       Network, and also working toward funding a short                 COVID-19, real estate trends, labor and more. In the future
       third annual Foot in the Door Fellowship, there           gentrification, identity and gender issues. She interned       documentary about the plight of the trans community in           she hopes to highlight underrepresented voices.
       was a clear need to adapt to the pandemic. The six-       at the Long Beach Post as a reporter, photographer and
month fellowship pairs five early-career journalists from        videographer covering arts and culture. Sarahi has also
communities historically excluded from the media with            reported for and mentored young journalists at VoiceWaves,
veteran reporters. In addition to mentoring, this year’s
program offered monthly trainings over video chat. The
virtual meet-ups covered subjects including how to produce
                                                                 a youth media program in Long Beach.
                                                                    Sarahi is a graduate of Humboldt State University
                                                                 where she reported on disenfranchised communities for
                                                                                                                                   Press Club Funds Investigative, Systemic
videojournalism when you
don’t have a fancy camera,
                                                                                                                                   Racism Reporting Grants
how to start an investigative
project, and how to break
                                                                                                                                   First Round of Recipients Has Been Announced
into freelancing. The Foot in
the Door committee also set
                                                                                                                                   By B ob L a d end or f
up one-on-one calls between

fellows and journalists at                                                                                                             n the effort to ensure there is    of the late Los Angeles editor and         were Anita
publications such as the                                                                                                               sufficient coverage of critical    journalist Charles Rappleye, aims          Harris, a
Los Angeles Times, the New                                                                                                             subjects, the Los Angeles Press    to support next-level investigative        Long Beach
York Times, the Los Angeles                                                                                                        Club is funding two important          research for ongoing projects.             writer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Charles Rappleye
Business Journal, Variety,                                                                                                         programs: The Charles M. Rappleye      Rappleye was widely known for his          educator
KPCC and Mashable.                                                                                                                 Investigative Journalism Grant, and    work at L.A. Weekly and L.A.               and editor
   The fellowship’s                                                                                                                the Reporting on Systemic Racism       CityBeat, as well as his series of         who covers local news and theater
networking opportunities          Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert   Sarahi Apaez		                 Diego Pineda Davila                Grant.                                 non-fiction books, including Sons          for the Signal Tribune newspaper;
and encouraging atmosphere                                                                                                            The Rappleye award, which           of Providence: The Brown Brothers,         Dena Montague, a research
became guiding lights for the 2021 class during a time of                                                                          ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, is       the Slave Trade, and the American          associate at UC Santa Barbara with
uncertainty and momentous change.                                                                                                  awarded twice yearly to a working      Revolution, which received the             the Global Environmental Justice
   Early-career journalists can apply for the 2022 program                                                                         journalist or team in need of          George Washington Book Prize.              Project; and Taylor Walker, a Los
at lapressclub.org. The application deadline is Nov. 15                                                                            resources, either financial or         He also co-founded, with his wife,         Angeles-based journalist writing for
and the fellowship begins in February. Fellows receive a                                                                           in-kind. The inaugural recipients,     Tulsa Kinney, L.A.’s respected art         the nonprofit news site WitnessLA
$2,000 stipend. Professionals willing to serve as a mentor,                                                                        announced in August, were              magazine Artillery.                        and other publications.
be available for informational calls, or help out monetarily                                                                       Caitlin Antonios, a staff member          The Press Club also funds                  The Press Club is teaming up
can email info@lapressclub.org.                                                                                                    of Columbia University’s Brown         reporting that focuses on effective        with the Solutions Journalism
   This year’s spectacular mentors were: Ashley Alvarado                                                                           Institute for Media Innovation’s       responses to institutional racism,         Network to offer a specialized
of Southern California Public Radio; Catalina Villegas of                                                                          Documenting COVID-19 project;          including supporting works that            workshop for those selected to
Spectrum News 1; Shana Nys Dambrot of L.A. Weekly; B.J.                                                                            and Eric Pape, an investigative        critically assess alternatives to racist   receive funding.
Terhune of the Los Angeles Times; and Emily Elena Dugdale                                                                          reporter, editor and adjunct faculty   structures and practices. Four grants         Check lapressclub.org for more
of KPCC/LAist. Special thanks goes to Deepa Fernandes,                                                                             member at the Annenberg School         of $2,500 each are being awarded           information about applying for
who was instrumental in developing this fellowship and is        Priyanka			                    Nancy Guan                         for Journalism at USC.                 during the first round. The first          either grant, or to donate to the
now at the San Francisco Chronicle.                                                                                                   The grant, established in honor     three winners, announced last year,        funds.
   The Foot in the Door Fellowship Committee is Nic Cha          the English and Spanish monthly student newspaper El
Kim of KCET; Brittany Levine Beckman of Mashable; and            Leñador, and the student-run radio station.
Emily Elena Dugdale of KPCC/LAist.                                  Diego Pineda Davila: Diego is a Guatemalan
   The 2021 Foot in the Door Fellows are:                        multimedia journalist originally from North Carolina and
   Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert: Katherine is a                  currently living in Los Angeles. He graduated from Elon
multimedia journalist who recently received her master’s         University in 2019. He began his career at the New York Post
degree in specialized journalism from USC, where                 and recently finished an Audience Engagement Fellowship
she focused on mental and physical health reporting,             at Newsweek.
investigative techniques and criminal justice topics.               Currently, Diego is a YouTube Optimization
   Katherine is currently a reporter for the San Fernando        Coordinator at Little Monster Media. He also freelances
Valley Business Journal covering retail, nonprofits and          for Reviewed, part of the USA Today Network, and Mitú.
hospitality.                                                     He hopes to amplify the voices and stories of the Latinx/         Caitlin Antonios       Eric Pape		             Anita Harris               Dena Montague          Taylor Walker
   Sarahi Apaez: Sarahi is a bilingual, freelance                Hispanic community.

                                                  Los Angeles 12 Press CLub                                                                                               Southern California 13 Journalism Awards
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2021 GUARDIAN award
         for Contributions to Press Freedom

   Josie Huang, Recipient of the L.A. Press Club’s Inaugural Guardian
   Award, Holds Power to Account Every Day

                                   osie Huang has been a reporter for       On the night of Saturday, Sept. 12,
   By A DA M ROSE                  more than 20 years, starting as a    2020, Huang was reporting on the story
                                   writer for her college newspaper.    of two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Depart-
                                   She has racked up awards in a        ment deputies who had been shot in
                              career divided between old-fashioned      an ambush. She covered a press con-
                              print outlets and public radio. These     ference outside the St. Francis Medical
                              days she’s the Asian American Com-        Center in Lynwood, and after it ended
                              munities Correspondent for KPCC           she heard shouting. As she recounted                                                                                                                               Samuel Braslow

                              and its companion site LAist. If you’ve   on Twitter, she went to investigate. She
                              spent time in a parked car, listening     was filming an arrest when, suddenly,       better understand their community and       what happened with my arrest, I’m still        Above: Huang interviews
                              to the station until one of her stories   deputies advanced on her. Although she      how it connects to the larger society.      grateful that I was able to report on a        a MAGA supporter.
                              finishes, you’re not alone. But nothing   was wearing a lanyard with press cre-       Attacks on press freedom are too often      historic time in our country.”                 Far left: Huang covers an
                              could have prepared Huang for what        dentials, she was thrown to the ground.     attacks on holding power to account.”          The historical impacts of the time-         event in downtown Los
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Angeles’s Little Tokyo.
                              unfolded one night last fall. It was an   She loudly and repeatedly proclaimed           Journalists the world over saw their     frame were felt in other ways, too, and
                              event that reminded the entire Los        her affiliation with KPCC but to no         lives complicated by the pandemic, and      Huang reported extensively on the rise
                              Angeles journalism community that         avail; deputies stepped on her phone,       Huang was no exception. As COVID-           in anti-Asian violence. Yet her coverage
                              heavy-handed tactics and attempts to      which was still recording video, and she    19 roared she began working weekend         was also layered, and she delved into
                              muzzle a free press do not just happen    was put into the back of a squad car and    shifts, allowing her to dedicate her time   varying responses to the attacks to reveal
                              in far-flung corners of the world, but    arrested, accused of interfering with an    at home to her young children. Then         political and generational differences
                              can occur, unprecedented and out of the   arrest. She spent five hours in custody.    came the murder of George Floyd, and        among members of the Asian American
                              blue, in our own backyard.                    The uproar from KPCC, other report-     Huang says she covered “dozens” of pro-     Pacific Islander community.
                                 That Huang emerged from such an        ers, journalist organizations, and even     tests for Black Lives Matter and against       Huang, who is married to a reporter,
                              encounter with grace and dignity will     some politicians, was loud and instan-      police brutality and racism. She took       has seen the job grow more difficult over
                              not surprise anyone who over the years    taneous. An investigation into the depu-    care to ensure that the immediacy of the    the years. That involves both shrinking
                              has listened to her stories—reports       ties’ conduct was demanded. The Dis-        moment was presented to her audience        newsroom budgets, as well as pressure
                              that reveal, for example, the pervasive   trict Attorney declined to press charges    across multiple platforms.                  on the press.
                              impacts of hate crime, or the rise of a   against Huang.                                 “I felt a real commitment to show-          “Journalists are more than before,
                              restaurant empire. Obscure concepts           It was a moment that no reporter        ing what was happening across southern      the target of online threats and harass-
                              come to life as Huang amplifies voices    expects will ever happen to them. But it    California—I reported from Palmdale         ment. Those covering protests, increas-
                              that might have gone unheard.             is also one that reminds every journalist   to Beverly Hills to Downtown L.A.—as        ingly, face actual danger to their physical
                                 Tonight, the Los Angeles Press Club    about the importance of press freedom.      many other people were confined to          safety,” she said.
                              is proud to present Huang with the            “Reporters are the eyes and ears for    their homes. I tried to do this through        That she is not deterred by what
                              inaugural Guardian Award for Contri-      the public,” Huang said. “We try to         radio, audio and video that I shared on     occurred last fall, and continues to deliver
                              butions to Press Freedom.                 unearth the truth and help the public       social media,” said Huang. “Despite         powerful, impactful reporting, won’t sur-

                                      Los Angeles 14 Press CLub                                                                                                 Southern California 15 Journalism Awards
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guardian award JOSIE HUANG

                           prise those who know Huang either per-
                           sonally or through her coverage.
                                                                         momentarily put down the microphone
                                                                         that comes with covering Los Angeles
                                                                                                                     Journalists and Media Workers Killed
                              “She’s a masterful storyteller in a very
                           understated way,” says Deepa Fernandes,
                                                                         area government, and instead spoke into
                                                                         one as she addressed local lawmakers.
                                                                                                                     Since July 2019
                           who previously worked at KPCC and                That came as the L.A. County Board
                           now covers immigration for the San            of Supervisors was considering a motion     Reporters Continue to Risk Their Lives in the Effort
“I wanted to support the   Francisco Chronicle. “She’s not coming at
                           you with the story. She lets the story seep
                                                                         to endorse Senate Bill 98, state legisla-
                                                                         tion which preserves the right of jour-     to Bring Truth to the World                                                                         By B o b L ade n do rf
journalist community in    into you so you’re gripped.”                  nalists to enter contested areas, such as
L.A. County because too
                              Adds Huang’s KPCC/LAist colleague,         where protests are occurring. Attempts            tatistics show that the world                                                 detained in Myanmar since May

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fenster family
                           and Press Club board of directors mem-        to require reporters to first get permis-         remains a dangerous place                                                     24 on unproven charges that he
many were experiencing     ber Emily Elena Dugdale, “I started at        sion from law enforcement command-                for journalists and media                                                     reported false information. Myan-
                           KPCC as an intern. I remember Josie           ers to do their job was shot down.          workers, with nearly 100 losing                                                     mar was taken over by the mili-
assault, detention and     going out of her way to make me feel          Huang urged the members of the power­       their lives since July 2019 as they                                                 tary in February. Fenster’s family
                           welcome, showing genuine interest in          ful panel to support the bill.              covered stories. The Los Angeles                                                    members, who are working with
arrests for simply doing   me as a person and a journalist. Years           The Board of Supervisors unani-          Press Club traditionally honors                                                     the United States government to
                           later, she hasn’t changed. She continues      mously endorsed SB 98 in June. Huang        journalists and media workers who                                                   free him, have said that he had
their jobs.”               to look out for her peers—especially the      reflected on why she needed to speak.       perish while braving dangerous                                                      contracted COVID-19 and was
                           young journalists—and while she isn’t            “I wanted to support the journalist      conditions in the effort to keep the                                                denied medical care. In a Sept.
                           the loudest voice in the room, she com-       community in L.A. County because too        world informed.                                                                     7 Washington Post opinion piece,
                           mands a deep respect that leads to better     many were experiencing assault, deten-         From July-December 2019,                                                         Jason Rezaian, who received the
                           outcomes for everyone.”                       tion and arrests for simply doing their     15 journalists and media workers         Danny Fenster                              Press Club’s Daniel Pearl Award
                              That effort to create better outcomes      jobs,” she said.                            were killed. Another 49 fell in 2020.                                               for Courage and Integrity in
                           was exemplified recently when Huang              After that, it was back to work, and     So far in 2021 (through August), 29 have died.               Journalism in 2016, urged the Biden administration to
                           turned in a different direction. She          time for another story.                        In addition, at least 274 journalists and media work-     “restore the United States’ long-standing commitment
                                                                                                                     ers were imprisoned as of January 2021, with another         to upholding free expression” by working to free Fen-
                                                                                                                     66 missing.                                                  ster and protect Afghan journalists.
                                                                                                                        A white paper by the International Federation of             The Press Club remains thankful to all those jour-
                                                                                                                     Journalists found that a total of 2,658 journalists and      nalists and media workers who risk their lives daily to
                                                                                                                     media workers were killed from 1990-2020. It lists           bring truth to the world, and we will continue to work
                                                                                                                     the most dangerous countries for journalists as Iraq,        to preserve a free press.
                                                                                                                     Mexico, Philippines, Pakistan and India.                        Thanks to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the
                                                                                                                        Recent Developments: With the Taliban takeover of         International Federation of Journalists, and Report-
                                                                                                                     Afghanistan on Sept. 1, the Los Angeles Press Club and       ers Without Borders for providing information about
                                                                                                                     other media organizations are concerned about the            those killed. While there are discrepancies in the total
                                                                                                                     arrests and beating of journalists, as well as the future    statistics among these sources, the L.A. Press Club has
                                                                                                                     of Afghan media.                                             done its best to determine and provide the best avail-
                                                                                                                        American journalist Danny Fenster has been                able information.

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SB-98 gained attention in June, when police

Journalism is Not a Crime
                                                                                                                                             lobbyists helped add a “hostile” amendment
                                                                                                                                             (meaning not approved by the bill’s author)
                                                                                                                                             requiring journalists get police commander
                                                                                                                                             permission to cover certain protests. The push-
                                                                                                                                             back from media and others produced a rare
Los Angeles Press Club Joins Other Organizations to Speak Out on                                                                             achievement in Sacramento: deleting an amend-
                                                                                                                                             ment that had already been made. Ultimately a
First Amendment Violations                                                                                                                   “clean” version of the bill passed both the state
                                                                                                                                             Senate and Assembly. As of late September, it
By A dam Ro s e                                                                                                                              was unclear if Newsom will sign the bill into law.
Pr es s Rig ht s Committee Ch air                                                                                                               Another flashpoint came in March, when the A federal court complaint states that
                                                                                                                                             LAPD mistreated several journalists covering freelance reporter Sarah Belle Lin was

    ournalists have always faced risks while covering protests                                                                               protests at Echo Park. This included reporters crossing a street alone wearing a press               Photographer Ringo Chiu was wearing
                                                                                                                                                                                                           badge and her camera when fired upon.  LAPD and LASD issued credentials and
    and civil unrest, but recently an increasing threat has                                                                                  and photographers with the Los Angeles Times, Her leg injury, 12 hours after covering                standing with other photographers when
    come from local law enforcement.                                                                                                         Spectrum News 1, nonprofit newsrooms, free- Black Lives Matter protests in Oakland                   shot by a rubber bullet in the abdomen in
   From May 2020 to April 2021, the Los Angeles Press Club                                                                                   lancers and college students. The Press Club last May 2020.                                          August 2020.
documented more than 50 incidents where journalists try-                                                                                     spoke out against the department’s “After Action
ing to do their jobs were injured, detained or arrested by law                                                                               Report,” which glossed over serious abuses, and continues to release location-based outbreak data related to the spread
enforcement agencies in California. Victims came from all                                                                                    push the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission to properly of COVID-19. We joined a letter to the Supreme Court of
corners of the industry: TV, print, radio, digital, freelance and                                                                            address those events.                                                       the United States asking for permanent live audio streams
student. Labels didn’t matter, and neither did police-issued                                                                                    The Press Club supported other efforts this year. We of oral arguments. We joined a letter encouraging Newsom
credentials. Some were Press Club members and awardees.                                                                                      joined an amicus brief asking the County of San Diego to to sign Assembly Bill 48, to limit police use of “less lethal
Three were Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers.                                                                                                                                                                         munitions,” and explicitly require officers to consider risks
   The problem emerged during Black Lives Matter pro-                                                                                                                                                                    to journalists.
tests last spring, as journalists were placed in handcuffs or                                                                                                                                                               Most of this work has been done in concert with fellow
wounded by so-called “less lethal munitions” that were vio-                                                                                                                                                              journalism organizations. We partnered with colleagues
lent enough to knock the fillings out of one reporter’s teeth.                                                                                                                                                           from the Asian American Journalists Association, CCNMA:
These incidents largely flew under the radar as public dis-                                                                                                                                                              Latino Journalists of California, Media Guild of the West,
course focused on police brutality and societal issues.                                                                                                                                                                  National Association of Black Journalists, National Associa-
   Then, in September 2020, multiple deputies from the Los                                                                                                                                                               tion of Hispanic Journalists, National Press Photographers
Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) were caught on video                                                                                                                                                                 Association, National Writers Union, Society of Professional
violating press rights. Freelance journalist Nash Baker was                                                                                                                                                              Journalists, and many more. We also collaborated with and
filming as a deputy screamed at him to leave a public space,                                                                                                                                                             received critical insights from the American Civil Liberties
“or I’m gonna break your fucking camera.” Just 30 seconds           Top: Photographer Brian Feinzimer was walking away after shooting                                                                                    Union, California News Publishers Association, Committee
                                                                    the top photo when he was shot with a projectile and pepper ball while
later, another deputy tackled KPCC’s Josie Huang.                   covering a protest last September 2020; his pepper-sprayed camera and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to Protect Journalists, PEN America, Reporters Committee
   Neither journalist appeared to violate any law and pros-         leg injury.                                                                                                                                          for Freedom of the Press, and UC Irvine School of Law’s
ecutors declined to pursue charges. However, Huang was                                                                                                                                                                   Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.
wrongfully arrested, and while being taken to jail a deputy                                                                                                                                                                 Nobody in these groups could recall a time when we all
                                                                                                                                             While Adolfo Guzman-Lopez of KPCC covered BLM protests in May
kicked her phone (which was still recording) into a gutter.                                                                                  2020, he was shot in the neck with a 40mm foam round by a Long Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         came  together, as we did to fight for SB-98. We know we are
Her equipment was recovered by another reporter.                                                                                             PD officer. A CT scan later showed that fillings were knocked out of his    stronger when united, especially when we became a chorus
   Those events served as a catalyst. The Press Club estab-                                                                                  teeth.                                                                      to proclaim that “Journalism is not a crime.”
lished a Press Rights Committee, with important contribu-
tions from Danny J. Bakewell, Jr., Josh Campbell, Deepa Fer-
nandes, Nic Cha Kim, Brittany Levine Beckman and Diana

                                                                                                                                                       A Free Press is the
   We renewed dialogues with LASD, the Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD) and civic leaders. These continue as we
assess their policies and suggest improvements to training.
   Protest safety tips can now be found on lapressclub.org,

                                                                                                                                                       Pillar of Democracy
and we refer colleagues to help from lawyers, trauma support
counselors and emergency grant providers. We’re also pro-
                                                                    Bottom: Oakland KPIX-CBS reporter Katie Nielsen being handcuffed in
viding information on doxxing and online harassment, and            June 2020 despite identifying herself and wearing media credentials.
maintain a support email at pressrights@lapressclub.org.
   We have compiled research to identify and fix problems.
That includes an evidence slideshow of police abuses, track-        ten by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg). The goal was to                                                                                                               #NotTheEnemy
ing of assaults by private citizens and a study of problematic      take legal protections journalists have to access disaster areas
police-issued press credentials. (We also continue to issue         and apply them to unlawful assemblies. Gov. Gavin Newsom
our own press IDs.)                                                 had vetoed a previous version; the Press Club stepped in as
   Additionally, the Press Club endorsed Senate Bill 98, writ-      one of the leaders to refine the re-introduced bill.

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2021 daniel pearl award
       for Courage and Integrity in Journalism

     a Loud Unflinching
        voice against
         Antisemitism                                                                                     By
                                                                                                          Mal i na

     Bari Weiss, the Recipient of the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and
           Integrity in Journalism, Lives by Her Beliefs, No Matter the Cost

                  n 2019, a spate of violent attacks besieged     a white supremacist opened fire during a Shab-
                  the Jewish community in the United States,      bat service in 2018, killing 11 congregants, sev-
                  including a mass shooting at Chabad of          eral of whom were Holocaust survivors.
                  Poway, an ultra-Orthodox synagogue in              The attack on Monsey was different. The                                                                                                                         Bari Weiss is a guest on
            Poway, Calif., and an attack at the home of a         perpetrator wasn’t a white supremacist, but a                                                                                                                      Bill Maher’s panel in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2019 with: Charlie Sykes
            rabbi in Monsey, New York over the Chanu-             mentally ill person of color. This did not mesh                                                                                                                    (Contributor, MSNBC),
            kah holidays. During the latter incident a man        with what Weiss calls “the neat worldview” of                                                                                                                      Eliot Spitzer (former
            wielding a machete murdered one person and            the New York Times, and her column on that                                                                                                                         NY-D governor), Maher,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (unseen Martin Short,
            wounded four others.                                  incident was squashed.                                                                                                                                             George Will, Washington
               According to the Anti-Defamation League,              “That was an early moment of me thinking,                                                                                                                       Post columnist).
            antisemitic hate crimes hit an all-time high in       I can’t last here,” says Weiss, whose book How
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Left: Weiss shares a
            2019, with more than 2,100 assaults against           To Fight Anti-Semitism won the 2019 National                                                                                                                       moment with her sisters.
            the Jewish community. That same year, the FBI         Jewish Book Award. “I can last here only if I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Far left: An early photo
            recorded 953 hate crimes against Jews, a 14%          willing to suppress things or willfully ignore                                                                                                                     of Weiss working on her
            increase over 2018. According to the FBI, hate        things. But if I’m going to fulfill the mission that                                                                                                               computer.
            crimes against Jews comprised 62% of all reli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Opposite page: Weiss
            gious hate crimes, making Jews the target of                                                                                                                                                                             is surrounded by books
            more such attacks than any other religious group                                                                                                                                                                         during her book-signing
            in the United States.                                                                                                                                                                                                    event.
               Journalist and author Bari Weiss, then a staff                                                            drove me here in the first place, I will not last.
            writer and editor for the Opinion section of                                                                 And that was kind of the choice, and I think it’s
            the New York Times, penned a column about the                                                                a choice that is not unique to me. I think it’s a
            antisemitic assaults—but that column never ran.                                                              choice that a lot of people in a lot of historically
            It was, explains Weiss, the 2021 recipient of the                                                            liberal institutions that are undergoing a kind of     the Times and launched her own newsletter on
            Los Angeles Press Club’s Daniel Pearl Award for                                                              ideological transformation from within are hav-        Substack, “Common Sense with Bari Weiss.”
            Courage and Integrity in Journalism, one of sev-                                                             ing to make right now.”                                With the tagline “honest news for sane people,”
            eral watershed moments that made her realize                                                                     Weiss, who also worked as an Op-Ed and             Weiss continues to doggedly raise awareness
            she could no longer work for the Times.                                                                      book review editor at the Wall Street Jour-            about antisemitism—both in left wing and right
               “I wrote a column that was called something                                                               nal and a senior editor at Tablet, and is a steady     wing political circles.
            like ‘America’s Bloody Pogrom,’ and it never                                                                 fixture on such shows as “Real Time with Bill             “I’m proud of working hard to ignore the
            ran,” says Weiss, a Pittsburgh native who grew                                                               Maher” and “The View,” was undeterred in her           noise and to tell the truth,” says Weiss, who also
            up attending Tree of Life, the synagogue at which                                                            mission to fight antisemitism. She resigned from       hosts “Honestly,” a weekly podcast. “I strive very

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daniel pearl award bari weiss

                                                                                     hard to ignore what people tell me is the narra-
                                                                                     tive in favor of what I think all good journalists
                                                                                     are supposed to do, which is to pursue the truth,
                                                                                     and pursue the hard story, even when it’s politi-
                                                                                     cally inconvenient. The other thing I’m proud
                                                                                     of, frankly, is walking away from the New York
                                                                                     Times, which, by at least by all external measures,
                                                                                     is the pinnacle of American journalism. I walked
                                                                                     away because there are things that I feel are more
                                                                                     important than having a prestigious job or brag-
                                                                                     ging rights.”
                                                                                         Weiss, who graduated from Columbia Uni-
                                                                                     versity and was the winner of the Reason Foun-
                                                                                     dation’s 2018 Bastiat Prize for her writing, notes
                                                                                     that, “It is extremely easy to use antisemitism
Weiss has a conversation with Natan Sharansky, an Israeli politician, human rights   as a political cudgel against the side you hate.                                                           In 1987, the Weiss family, with Bari in a stroller, took
activist, and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and    For someone on the right to point to someone                                                               part in Free Soviet Jewry marches.
1980s, spent nine years in Soviet prisons.                                           like Rashida Tlaib and say, look, the problem                                                              Above:: At a young age, Bari and a sister show their
                                                                                     is on your side. And for someone on the left                                                               support for Israel.

Remembering Ruth Pearl
                                                                                                                                           the assassinated Russian journalist        center among their Muslim neighbors.                  In 1970 they moved to Los Ange-
                                                                                                                                           Anna Politkovskaya, the French satiri-        Some of those same neighbors pro-               les, where Ruth worked as a computer
                                                                                                                                           cal journal Charlie Hebdo, and Richard     tected the family during the June 1941             software analyst and Judea began
                                                                                                                                           Engel.                                     Farhud, a pogrom in downtown Bagh-                 a career as a UCLA professor and
                                                                                              nect people, to bridge cultures and to          I regularly moderated discussions       dad that left 180 Jews dead and hun-               researcher.
Press Club Awards Dedicated to the ‘Warrior’                                                  increase understanding.                      that the Pearl Foundation sponsored        dreds injured. When the mob rushed                    In her later years, Ruth’s physical
Who Formed the Daniel Pearl Foundation                                                           Tonight’s Southern California Jour-
                                                                                              nalism Awards are dedicated to Ruth
                                                                                                                                           along with the L.A. Press Club featur-
                                                                                                                                           ing Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows,
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Rejwan home, where 6-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruth and her family were hiding,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         strength ebbed, but not her convic-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion. In May, she recorded YouTube
                                                                                              Pearl.                                       Muslim journalists from Pakistan,          neighbors told the crowd, “There are               testimony calling on Pakistan to

By Rob Eshman                                            uth Pearl, who died July 20             “I’m sure the killers of Danny didn’t     the Middle East and Indonesia who          no Jews here.”                                     reverse its Supreme Court’s decision to
                                                         at the age of 85, fought a thou-     have a sense of the humanity that con-       worked for six months at U.S.-based           “We thanked them, and they said,                release from prison the man respon-
                                                         sand battles in her lifetime.        nects us,” she said in an interview with     news organizations. Ruth took charge       ‘Well, we’re keeping you for last.’”               sible for Daniel’s kidnapping and
                                                    She didn’t look like a warrior—           the USC Shoah Foundation. “For them          of all the details of those fellowships,      The family remained unhurt. Ruth                murder.
                                                 barely five feet tall, rail thin with        Danny was an object, and that can            from rental cars to where we would go      joined a Zionist underground move-                    After greeting viewers in Arabic, she
                                                 cropped brown hair and a soft voice          happen only if you don’t have your           out to eat after the event.                ment, eventually taking part in a                  said, “I am Ruth Pearl, mother of Dan-
                                                 that quavered, especially as she fought      own self-respect and respect for other          She had, in the words of Pakistani      mass exodus of Jews to Israel in 1951.             iel Pearl. Since 2002, when our son
                                                 respiratory problems in later life.          human beings.”                               journalist and former Pearl Follow         Shortly after she received word that               was kidnapped and murdered in Paki-
                                                    But when I first met her, almost             Ruth and Judea formed the Daniel          Amal Khan, an “unnerving kindness.”        her older brother had died fighting in             stan, our lives have been upside-down.
                                                 two decades ago, I quickly learned she       Pearl Foundation with the mission to            One of my favorite moments in our       the Israeli army, news that further dev-           There’s not a single day we don’t miss
                                                 was, as her late son Danny’s friend          bring these values—their son’s val-          dinners with the Fellows came when         astated her family.                                our son.”
                                                 Asra Nomani described her, “strength         ues—into the world. They spent the           Ruth would lapse into flawless Arabic.        The family settled in Tel Aviv. Ruth               The Ruth in that video is the one
                                                 incarnate.”                                  next almost two decades organizing           That was when I realized it was her        would eventually join the Israeli Navy,            I knew: brilliant, humane, tenacious,
                                                    Ruth achieved unwelcome fame              music events, lectures and journalism        own life story, as much as the tragedy     then earn her electrical engineering               driven.
                                                 as the mother of Wall Street Journal         fellowships, authoring books, bridg-         that befell her later, that drove her      degree at The Technion—Israel Insti-                  “We have to educate the next gen-
                                                 reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kid-          ing cultures and religions around the        to bridge cultures and bring people        tute of Technology in Haifa—one of                 eration differently,” she said in her
                                                 napped by Pakistani terrorists on Jan.       world.                                       together.                                  four women in a class of 120.                      Shoah Foundation testimony.
                                                 23, 2002, and executed nine agonizing           Ruth worked closely with the Los             Ruth was born Eveline Rejwan on            She met Judea at Technion. They                    She was far too modest a person
                                                 days later. It was a very public tragedy     Angeles Press Club to establish the          Nov. 10, 1935, in Baghdad, in a family     married in 1960 and moved to Princ-                to say it, so I will: we have to educate
                                                 that would have sent most people into        Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and           whose roots in Iraq went back before       eton, New Jersey, for their graduate               them to be more like Ruth Pearl.
                                                 a life of mourning and bitterness. But       Integrity in Journalism in 2002, hon-        the birth of Islam. Her father, Joseph,    studies. Ruth would earn a Masters
                                                 Ruth, along with her husband Judea,          oring journalists like her son. She took     was a successful importer, her mother,     as she and Judea had three children,               Rob Eshman is the National Editor of The
                                                 led a long struggle to turn their son’s      great care in thinking through the           Victoria, an accomplished tailor. Ruth     Tamara, Daniel and Michelle, in eight              Forward, where a version of this article
                                                 death into an opportunity to con-            possible recipients, who have included       and her four siblings lived in the city    years.                                             originally appeared.

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      Weiss appeared on     to point to, say, Marjorie
Real Time with Bill Maher   Taylor Greene. Or Steve

                                                                                                                                             to all the
  in 2019 to discuss her    King. What’s hard is call-
 new book, How to Fight
          Anti-Semitism.    ing it out when it comes
                            from inside your own
                            house. That, for me, is

                                                                                                                                      la Press Club Honorees
                            one of the litmus tests.
                            If you are serious about
                            fighting antisemitism,
                            you’ll start by cleaning up
                            your side of the street.”
                               Being honored with
                            an award named for
                            Pearl, the American-Jew-
                            ish Wall Street Journal cor-
                            respondent who was kid-
                            napped and murdered by
                            Pakistani terrorists in 2002, “means more to me      many are closeted about such commitments.
                            than I can possibly express,” says Weiss.            It’s hard to think of a man that deserves to relax
                               “To be associated in any way with this family     more than Judea Pearl. But he is the opposite of
                            and the virtues that they carry the torch for is a   relaxed. And I mean that entirely as a compli-
                            profound honor,” she adds.                           ment. He is tireless in the fight against Jew-hate
                               “The Pearls are not just mensches,” says Weiss    and especially in his support for young people.
                            of Daniel’s parents Judea and the late Ruth, who         “If I can imitate him, if I can make a tiny
                            passed away in June. “They are also proud and        percentage of the impact he has made, I will
                            public Jews and Zionists in an era where too         consider myself successful.”

                                                        Congratulations to
                                                        Marc Brown                                                                    Outstanding service                      since   1979
                                                        USC Annenberg alumnus
                                                        Co-anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News
                                                        on receiving the Joseph M. Quinn Award
                                                        for Lifetime Achievement, and all of the
                                                        SoCal Journalism Awards winners and honorees.
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2021 presidenT’S award
                for Impact on Media

                Bravery & Truth
                    from the Front Lines
                  of the pandemic
                CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta Receives
                the Press Club’s President’s Award for Impact on Media

                                   n March 9, 2020, the same day that     people and politically charged for other people.”
By AL E X                          then-President Donald Trump was           The phrasing immediately drew blasts from
B EN B LO C K                      tweeting that the coronavirus was      Trumpworld. Don Jr. cited it as an example of
                                   no worse than the flu, Dr. Sanjay      the fake news media. On March 11, President
                      Gupta published an essay on CNN.com declar-         Trump assured Republican senators, “We’re pre-       of millions of people around the world protect       Iraq and Kuwait. He covered a tsunami in Sri          Above: Anderson Cooper
                      ing that henceforth the global news network         pared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And      themselves and their families, and he continues      Lanka, Hurricane Katrina, and wars in Leba-           and Gupta in Japan, 2011,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          after the earthquake and
                      would refer to the virus cutting across the U.S.,   it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”   to work tirelessly to help all of us understand      non and Afghanistan. He was on the ground             tsunami.
                      and much the world, as a “pandemic.”                   Why did Gupta stick his neck out?                 this ever-changing virus.”                           for earthquakes in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Below: Reporting on the
                         “It is not a decision we take lightly,” wrote       “To call it a pandemic felt momentous and            While continuing to serve as a physician,         oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and many other       aftermath of the earthquake
                      Gupta, who by then had been CNN’s chief med-        weighty,” he recalled later. “We didn’t want to      medical school professor and neurosurgeon            disasters.                                            in 2010 from Bernard Mevs
                      ical correspondent for two decades. “While we       panic people—but we felt we had to call it what      based in Atlanta, where he lives with his lawyer        COVID-19 is not his first pandemic. Gupta          hospital in Port-au-Prince,
                      know it sounds alarming, it should not cause        it was and so we did that.”                          wife and three daughters, Gupta has been on          was in Guinea to report on Ebola, in Canada to        Haiti.
                      panic.”                                                What Gupta did took courage because many          the front lines of world health issues since join-   cover the SARS outbreak, and in the Middle East       Opposite page: Gupta visits
                         Looking back 18 months later, Gupta said he      in government, business and the media worried        ing CNN in 2001.                                     reporting on MERS.                                    a refugee camp in Pakistan.
                      knew it was going to be “frightening to some        that calling the coronavirus a pandemic would           He has reported on anthrax attacks, and from         In recent years, his focus has shifted to long-
                                                                          cause panic. It is for this courage, his continu-                                                         form reporting, including hosting the CNN
                                                                          ing efforts to cover the pandemic, and his work                                                           series “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,”
                                                                          to help people understand and deal with the                                                               where he travels the globe searching for the
                                                                          health crisis, that the Los Angeles Press Club                                                            secret to long life, health and happiness. He has
                                                                          is presenting Gupta with the President’s Award                                                            made documentaries for HBO, reported for “60
                                                                          for Impact on Media at tonight’s 63rd annual                                                              Minutes” on CBS and written four books, most
                                                                          Southern California Journalism Awards.                                                                    recently Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain.
                                                                             “Dr. Gupta used his expertise to help                                                                     Still, with COVID-19, Gupta faced one of his
                                                                          audiences understand an unprecedented health                                                              greatest challenges.
                                                                          crisis, providing vital information to guide                                                                 “Getting the right information out there is so
                                                                          decisions on how to protect themselves and                                                                important,” he said. “Combatting misinforma-
                                                                          their families,” said Press Club President Lisa                                                           tion is equally important.
                                                                          Richwine.                                                                                                    “I spent so much time, especially in the first
                                                                             Gupta’s CNN colleague Anderson Cooper is                                                               year of this pandemic, batting down misinfor-
                                                                          among those who are impressed and inspired                                                                mation it felt like you could never really get your
                                                                          by the doctor’s work.                                                                                     groove, because every time there was a press
                                                                             “He is brilliant, brave, and even in the midst                                                         conference, you had to spend time explaining
                                                                          of chaos, calm and reasoned,” said Cooper.                                                                what was said and how much of it doesn’t fit
                                                                          “During this pandemic he has helped hundreds                                                              with everything we know so far.”

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dr. sanjay gupta                                                                                                                    CNN CONGRATULATES

                                                                                                                                    DR. SANJAY
                                                                                                                                    PRESIDENT’S AWARD
                                                                                                                                    FOR IMPACT
                                                                                                                                    ON MEDIA

Top: While hosting the         After Trump left office, Gupta interviewed
“Chasing Life With Dr.      medical experts who worked with the White
Sanjay Gupta” series, he
found himself at India’s
                            House. The conversations left him shaken.
S-VYASA University             “You know 600,000 people died,” he said,
getting hooked up, and      “and when you hear from these guys that 80%-
rowing in Norway.           90% of those deaths were preventable, it’s a
Above: Gupta talks to a     reckoning of sorts. I’m really glad journalism
cannabis grower in his      exists to be able to fact check and make sure

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investigation, “Weed 5:
The CBD Craze.”
                            good information is available to people.”          reporter,” not an opinion pundit who can say
                               Another person happy about that informa-        what he thinks without proof.
Right: Traveling with his   tion is CNN President Jeff Zucker.                     “It’s often easy to say things that are popu-
wife, Rebecca, and their
daughters Soleil, Sage,        “For 20 years, Sanjay Gupta has been the        lar,” said Gupta, “because people want to hear
and Sky.                    primary reason that people all around the          it. It’s the same in medicine. We’d love to tell a
                            world trust CNN for news and information           patient everything is going to be okay. Patients
                            about their health and well-being,” Zucker said.   would love to hear it. But it’s not true.”
                            “Clearly these past 18 months have put the             Gupta said tonight’s Press Club honor means
                            work he does in an even more critical spotlight.   “a lot” to him.
                            But the truth is, he has always been there for         “You know, sitting here, you feel like you
                            our audiences.”                                    are in a bubble and you forget people are even
                               Gupta describes himself as a “science           watching,” he said. “So, thank you.”

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