The following distinguished group of journalists have received the President’s Award for impact on media and dedication to the Press Club. The President’s Award was initiated in 1994 by that year’s president, Dusty Brandel. The award was conceived to recognize an individual member’s dedication of energy and effort on behalf of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, and whose work has the most impact on media.
1993 Warren Wilson, Above & Beyond Award Winner
1994 Christina Gonzalez, Above & Beyond Award Winner
1996 Linda Deutsch
1997 David Hume Kennerly
1998 Jose Rios
1999 Pete Noyes
2000 Bill Rosendahl
2001 Virginia Ellis
2002 Bill Maher
2003 Al Martinez
2004 Jeff Greenfield
2005 Linda Deustch
2006 Larry King
2007 Gustavo Arellanor
2008 Steve Lopez
2009 Arianna Huffington
2010 Anderson Cooper
2011 Lesley Stahl
2012 Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Warren Wilson, investigative reporter for KTLA-TV 5, is known for his exclusive, live from the scene reports. He is called the “most surrendered to” reporter in Southern California as five murder suspects surrendered to Wilson between 1987 and 1992. He served as a correspondent for the US Navy before coming to Los Angeles, and has also worked for KFWB, City News Service, and KABC Radio. He has received many awards for his television reporting, including an Emmy and a GLPAC award for “Best TV Reporter.”
Christina Gonzalez, KTTV news reporter, was recognized for “crossing the line” when, while reporting a fire at a Westlake apartment building, she assisted emergency personnel by administering CPR to three unconscious victims of the fire. Although ordered by her news director–who was uncertain about Gonzalez’s CPR qualifications–to “get out of there,” Gonzalez didn’t stop doing what she felt she had to do. Gonzalez, who joined Fox News in 1990, frequently reports on youth-related issues, such as gangs, drugs, and at-risk teenagers. She has been nominated for two Emmy awards.
Linda Deutschwas named a special correspondent of the Associated Press in 1992 in recognition of her long career as AP’s premier courtroom reporter. Deutsch has covered many of the most famous trials of the last 25 years, including those of Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, Angela Davis, and OJ Simpson. The Simpson trial brought Deutsch’s face and byline into millions of homes, and she eventually co-authored the AP book, “Verdict: The Chronicle of the OJ Simpson Trial.” She has received many awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist’s First Amendment Award for her work in the cause of freedom of information.
David Hume Kennerly, a photo-journalist since he began with the Oregon Journa in 1966, subsequently added the titles of director, producer, contributing editor and, of course, Pulitzer Prize winner, to his resume. Kennerly has covered assignments in 125 countries, and photographed more than 25 covers for Time, Life, and NEwsweek. Kennerly has won numerous awards including first place node in the World Press Photo Contest, White House Press Photographers Contest, and Overseas Press Club Awards.
Jose Riosis a vice president of news of KTTV/Fox 11, where he is responsible for all newscasts, news gathering, and production. Rios joined KTTV in February 1992 as managing editor and was named news director three months later in May 1992. He was promoted to current position in March 1995. During Rios’ tenure, Fox 11 expanded its daily newscasts form one hour to four, and also developed Los Angeles’ only full time investigative news unit, Fox Undercover. In 1995, Rios was lauded by the LA Country Board of Supervisors for his “outstanding and distinguished community service” and he has received many awards, including the 1997 Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award.
Pete Noyeshas long been considered one of the finest investigative reporters in the country. One of his exposes led to the indictment led to the indictment and convictions of three people for looting the Teamster pension fund of nearly $20 million. Noyes has also been working to help mold the journalists of tomorrow. He has been teaching aspiring reporters at the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. During is 47-year career, Noyes has earned numerous honors, including two Peabody Awards, seven Emmys, nine Golden Mikes, and four Press Club Awards.
Bill Rosendahl, activist, commentator, businessman, and journalist, has distinguished himself by his ability to wear many hats, and each of them well. His primary post is vice-president of operations for the Southern California region for Adelphia Communications. Unlike many of his colleagues in television management, Rosendahl has always maintained a direct, on-air role. He’s hosted and produced more than 1700 shows, including “Week in Review.” He has received numerous awards over the years, including the Freedom of Information Award, the Diamond Award for local programming excellence, and the Cable ACE Award.
Virginia Ellis, currently reporting for the LA Times, has been nailing the tough stories on a beat that is known as one of the most grueling in journalism: state government. In statehouses from Florida to Texas to California, she has been known for a journalistic style that is kind, sympathetic, decent, and straight-forward–and for the ne’er-do-well, deceptively deadly. Her coverage earned her the prestigious Polk Award and USC Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. She has also been recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Bill Maherwas selected for his stimulating impact on the national dialogue among journalists, politicians, and citizens. On his show “Politically Incorrect”, Maher has been host, questioner, provocateur, devil’s advocate, and occasionally verbal executioner. He calls it “confronting conformity” and says it is what journalists don’t do enough of anymore. The show has been nominated for an Emmy seven times, a Writer’s Guild Award twice, and has won three Cable ACE Awards.
Al Martinezreluctantly moved to Los Angeles in 1972. As a feature writer and reporter for the LA Times, he traveled the country finding interesting stories that reflected the day’s major issues, and thrived at a paper in the midst of a renaissance. Martinez shared a 1984 Pulitzer Prize for a series on Southern California’s Latino community. He has written a number of books, including “Reflections” and “I’ll be Damned if I’ll Die in Oakland: A Sort of Travel Memoir;” and he’s come to love LA.
Jeff Greenfieldgot offered a job in the late 1970s as media critic for a new show on CBS called “Sunday Morning” for a salary of $450 a week. Since “Sunday Morning,” his role has expanded to covering virtually every major political story, as well as significant international events. In his six years at CNN, he’s co-hosted primary and election night coverage, moderated town hall meetings, and provided analysis on some of the most controversial and catastrophic stories, including the 9/11 attacks. He has won a number of Emmy Awards, and authored the book “Oh Waiter! One Order of Crow!” in the aftermath of the 2000 Florida recount.
Linda Deutschhas covered trials ranging from Charles Manson to Michael Jackson to OJ Simpson, and her courtesy to every courtroom principal has made her an indispensable party of any famous trial. LInda’s stories are reprinted in newspapers around the room, and broadcast assignment editors and reporters rely on them when it comes to covering what’s gone on in a courtroom that, at that moment, has the scrutiny of the world. In a time when “journalist” has been conflated with “commentator,” Linda Deutsch’s work is a reminder of what journalism is truly about.
Larry Kingis being honored for a career that has included more than 40,000 interviews, from Malcolm X to L. Ron Hubbard to Madonna on his highly rated CNN program “Larry King Live.” Broadcasting became an early pursuit for King, and some of his programs have become part of broadcast lore: the 1993 NAFTA debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot, a 1995 hour on the Middle East peace process with PLC Chairman Yasser Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan, and Israeli Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin, and a 1994 interview with Marlon Brando. King continues to interview the world’s newsmakers to this day.
Gustavo Arellanowears many hats each day. He thinks of himself first as an investigative reporter for the OC Weekly, but he’s also the Orange County alternative paper’s food critic, and he makes the rounds on local television and radio, appearing on CNN and the Colbert Report, and has also authored the book “Ask a Mexican.” He is now syndicated in 22 publications, including one in far-flung Jackson, Wyoming, and is next big project, due out in 2008, is a history of Orange Country.
Steve Lopezwas singled out in 2002 by Washington Post writer Howard Kurtz as a surviving example of the vanishing, big-city, hard-edged, witty metro columnist. Mixing hilarious trademark jabs at deserving politicians with superb storytelling, Lopez has brought urban-advocacy traditions to Los Angeles. His column explored subjects as varied as LA’s dreadful traffic jams and his own early stirrings of religious awakening. He has been honored with many national journalism awards for column writing and magazine reporting.
Arianna Huffingtonpersonifies multimedia, with celebrated contributions to the Web, print, and radio. Dubbed the Queen of the Bloggers, Huffington co-founded the Huffington Post in 2005, a news and blog website that has become a must-read for anyone interested in national politics. While continuing to serve as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, the LA resident pens a nationally syndicated column, co-hosts “Left, Right, & Center,” a political roundtable, and maintains an active working schedule that has produced a dozen books, and serves on several charitable boards.