Robert Kovacik, Anchor/Reporter, NBC4LA, President
Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times and KPCC, Vice President
Anthony Palazzo, Bloomberg News, Treasurer
Christina Villacorte, Reporter LA Daily News, Secretary
Gloria Zuurveen, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, PACE News, Secretary
Diana Ljungaeus, Writer/Producer, Executive Director
Will Lewis, President Emeritus
Ben Sullivan, ScienceBlog.com, Founding Editor
Barbara Gasser, International Journalist
Jahan Hassan, Publisher of Ekush Bengali News
Fernando Mexia, West Coast Correspondent for Spanish EFE News Service
Tony Pierce, Community Manager at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Carolina Sarassa, Reporter, Mundofox
Student Representative: Inae Bloom, Los Angeles City College
Will Lewis, KCRW: has a unique blend of experience in radio/TV news and public affairs, as well as in print media. Recently, he was part of the KCRW management team that helped shape the station as a powerful voice in news, cultural affairs and music, as well as an online leader. He will continue to use his years in building membership in public radio to expanding membership in the Press Club.
In his first term on the board, he helped secure candidates and presenters for the club’s major awards, represented the board at a number of events, helped plan for a new website and successfully urged the board to speak out on freedom of the press issues. He believes Southern California needs a strong Press Club, especially in this critical period where the media landscape is rapidly changing.
Diana Ljungaeus, Writer/Produceris also a foreign correspondent for Swedish media. She runs the day to day business of the press club, produces most club events and has produced or co-produced the annual awards gala for six years running. She has been involved with the club since 1999.
Ljungaeus is an award-winning journalist with a broad background as a reporter, editor, researcher and producer. She has lived and worked in Sweden, England and the USA.
“I want to continue to improve and grow the stature of the press club and make it the most vibrant, exciting organization for journalists in California.”
Tony Pierce is the Community Manager at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences An innovative and award-winning blogger since 2001, Pierce became editor of LAist in 2006. After 16 months, LAist’s traffic had increased 15 times over. Soon Pierce was overseeing the blogs at the L.A. Times where he helped traffic soar from 3 million to 72 million pageviews a month. Along the way he helped launch dozens of blogs from “LA Now” to “Hero Complex” to “Framework.”
Robert Kovacik, Anchor and Reporter at NBC4LA. Robert Kovacik is co-anchor of NBC4’s weekend newscasts at 6PM and 11PM. He also serves as a general assignment reporter. Kovacik joined the station in July, 2004. Kovacik is an award-winning journalist, known for in-depth and comprehensive reporting. For the past six years he was the lead morning reporter on “Today in LA.”
Ben Sullivan, Founding Editor at ScienceBlog.com. Edit a leading science news site, named by Popular Science magazine as one of the five best “in the known universe.” Ranked on Nature magazine and cNET.com’s respective “Best Of” lists. In addition to publishing straight science news, ScienceBlog.com operates a WordPress-powered blog hosting service for researchers and science fans.
Barbara Gasser, International Journalist. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Barbara Gasser is a multiple Award winning journalist based in Los Angeles since 2003. Ms. Gasser is an active member of the Hollywood Press Association. Mag. Barbara Gasser has an MS in Media Science and Communications/Political Science from the University of Vienna, Austria. She also is an Alumni from the International Hotel Management College Kleßheim, Salzburg and Business College Graz. Prior to her career in journalism, Barbara Gasser served eight years in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs and its Corps Diplomatique.
Christina Villacorte, Reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News where she covers politics and Metro Los Angeles. She is an award-winning reporter with nearly 15 years of experience in covering the news for television, radio and print media in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Manila.
Patt Morrison, is a Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and is heard regularly on KPCC. She is a past president of the LA Press Club and winner of the Quinn award for lifetime achievement. She’s heard frequently on NPR. Founder of KCET’s Life & Times, she won six Emmys for the program she hosted for eight years.