The following distinguished group of journalists have received the Los Angeles Press Club’s highest honor. The Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award for journalistic achievement and distinction is the highest honor bestowed by the Los Angeles Press Club. Winners join a select group of distinguished journalists, including a number of Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award winners.
The award was named in honor of Joe Quinn, who died in 1977. Joe was a veteran reporter, war correspondent and wire service editor who took over a floundering City News Service in the mid-1950s and built it into a successful newsgathering organization. Joe was known as a benefactor of out-of-work journalists who needed a second chance in the business, and he made helping people in need one of his major priorities. He was president of the Los Angeles Press Club 42 years ago when these journalism awards were launched because he felt it was important to recognize journalistic excellence in Southern California. The press club decided to honor his memory with this award two years after his death.
1980 David and Kathy Mitchell
1981 Walter Cronkite
1982 Tom Brokaw
1983 Louis D. Boccardi
1984 Otis Chandler
1985 Francis L. Dale
1986 Van Gordon Sauter
1987 Ted Koppel & Bill Stout
1988 George Nicholaw
1989 Paul Conrad
1990 The Lozano Family
1991 Jack Smith
1992 Stan Chambers
1993 Jerry Dunphy
1994 Jess Marlow
1995 No Award Given
1996 Warren Olney
1997 Bill Boyarsky
1998 Howard Rosenberg
1999 Army Archerd
2000 Patt Morrison
2001 Dan Rather
2002 Warren Wilson
2003 Laura Diaz
2004 Pat Harvey
2005 Seymour Hersh
2006 Dave Lopez
2007 Judy Woodruff
2008 Ana Garcia
2009 Rick Orlov
2010 Dave Bryan
2011 John Schwada
2012 David Goldstein
Jack Smithis the only American columnist who ever made a career out of writing mostly about himself. His tales of trials and tribulations of being Jack Smith, and his adventures with his Mexican landlord Gomez, many of them retold in the eight books he has written, have made him a national favorite. Once a journeyman reporter, Smith worked for six newspapers and the United Press before settling down at the Los Angeles Times in 1953. He was also a U.S. Marine Corps combat correspondent in World War II. According to him, his entire career has been a downhill run, since the highest position he ever attained was that of editor of his high school newspaper, the Belmont High Sentinel, before he became a professional journalist.
Stan Chambersis a reporter’s reporter. Few newsmen are so admired by their colleagues and the public. What is amazing is that Chambers has worked at the same job and at the same station, KTLA, Channel 5, for more than four decades. And during that time he has filed probably more than 30,000 stories. He has done it all and seen it all…from fires to riots, presidents and premiers, the famous and the infamous, movie stars and mass murderers, and through it all, much to his credit, he has never lost his enthusiasm. His upbeat attitude is nothing short of amazing.
Jerry Dunphy , a 30-year Los Angeles news veteran and KCAL-TV’s popular anchor, is well-known for launching progressive news programs and boosting ratings. Over the years, Dunphy has made news history. He was the first newsman to conduct a live interview with President Nixon following Watergate, and has interviewed PResidents Reagan, Carter, and Ford. In addition, Dunphy has won a number of Emmy and Golden Mike awards for his work while at KCAL, KNCT, and KABC.
Jess Marlow , KNBC-TV news anchor and commentator, has been a news reporter in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. He has also filed news reports with NBC Networks News and has served as a host of “Today” and as weekend anchor for “NBC Nightly News.” Marlow was the only American television journalist permitted to travel to Vietnam in 1985 for the 10th anniversary of the end of the war and was among the first American journalists admitted to the Republic of China in 1979. Marlow is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including eight Los Angeles Emmy awards and six Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association.
Warren Olney’s career in journalism has had many chapters since he began as a reporter and television anchor in 1966. Olney has served as an anchor, reporter, editor, and bureau chief at numerous television stations including KOVR-Sacramento, KRON-Sacramento, and KABC, KCBS, KNBC, and KCOP in Los Angeles. His special assignment projects have included investigating and reporting on controversial subjects such as nuclear power, hazardous waste, toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution, defense spending, and youth gangs. Olney’s list of honors includes Emmy Awards for his anchoring and reporting, Golden Mikes for his investigative reporting, and 1994′s National Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Bill Boyarsky began his journalism career in 1953 in storied fashion–as a copy boy. He rose through the ranks at the Oakland Tribune and, just like in them movies, paid his dues as a police beat reporter and general assignment reporter. He went on to serve as night editor in the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press, and later joined the Los Angeles Times to report on state and local politics. He later served as the Los Angeles City/County bureau chief, and became a columnist for the Times in 1989. He shared a 1994 Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Los Angeles Times staff for spot news coverage of the first day of the 1994 earthquake, and twice won the Los Angeles Times Editorial Awards, in 1991 and 1994, the latter for his coverage of the OJ Simpson case.
Howard Rosenberg began his career in journalism in 1965 as the editor of the White Bear, Minnesota Weekly Press. From 1966-68, he was a general assignment reporter for the Moline, Illinois Dispatch and in 1968 he became a general assignment and political reporter for the Louisville Times. He eventually became the newspaper’s television critic and in 1978 joined the Los Angeles Times in the same role. Among his many awards are the 1982 Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for Sustained Excellence and the 1983 Windwalker Award sponsored by Media Artists Against Discrimination. In 1985 Howard was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism, the third critic so honored in the history of Journalism’s most cherished award.
Army Archerd is a Hollywood legend who came a long way from the Bronx and New York. The journey wasn’t an easy one. His path was paved with honesty and persistence. He has worked in radio and television, including having his own shows on KNX, KABC, KDAY, and KNX-TV. He was the first reporter appearing nightly on the Channel 2 News and he helped launch “Entertainment Tonight” as its first on-the-scene reporter. Over the years, Archerd has written about the lives and times of innumerable celebrities and reported on sensitive, often controversial issues. The results of his responsible stories have a broader impact than a mere reporting of events.
Patt Morrison : Reporter and women’s right figure. Humorist and television personality. Animal rescuer and radio essayist. Patt Morrison never wondered what she wanted to be after falling in love with journalism in high school, but her life and career are testament to passion for doing what is right and for adapting her talents to almost any creative field. Today, Morrison is perhaps the most recognizable and beloved newspaper and broadcast journalist in Los Angeles. She is well-known for her regular column and local issues in the Times Metro section. Because her reporting and writing often eschews the conventional wisdom that dominates journalistic interpretations of events and issues, Morrison has been honored innumerable times. Among these awards are four Emmys, four Golden Mikes, the ACLU’s Freedom of Information Award, and the League of Women Voters of Beverly Hills’ Woman of the Year Award.
Dan Rather is the Dean of American television news broadcasters, but what has long made Dan Rather a hero to many of his fellow journalists is that he has never forgotten his roots. A native of Wharton, Texas, Rather spent more than four decades as a professional journalist, and two decades in the CBS anchor’s chair. He earned the title of the hardest working man newsman in broadcasting, and has won numerous awards from the Peabody to the Emmy for his work. He’s famous for his informed interviews with leading newsmakers, and is ready to travel anywhere on the map to bring the news to life for his audience.
Warren Wilson left his home in the South for a career in the Navy in 1952, and became staff correspondent to the commander of the 7th fleet. Wilson knew that he wanted to be a reporter, and he was assigned to put together a paper for his shipmates using a stencil machine. After facing difficulties landing jobs because of segregation laws, Wilson wrote radio copy for UPI, and eventually became a news producer for KABC Radio, and a field reporter for KFWB. He was the first to report on the Robert Kennedy assassination, and became a TV news reporter in 1969. He is now known as KTLA’s trail-blazing reporter, with a hard-hitting reputation and deep roots in local communities.
Laura Diaz may best be known nowadays for her work behind the anchor desk, but she has never strayed far from her life as a street reporter. Whether it’s interviewing a man assaulted by police officers during the Rampart scandal, or following the lives of five youths touched by the 1992 Rodney King riots, Diaz gravitates toward LA’s grittier corners. In nearly two decades of reporting and anchoring, Diaz has distinguished herself as one of the premier news voices in Los Angeles. She has built a reputation for doggedness in pursuit of a good story, all in an effort to maintain her vitality as a journalist.
Pat Harvey has been a newswoman for more than 25 years, and has worked as a reporter throughout the United States and on five continents, bringing home stories of the first all-race election in South Africa, of AIDS in Russia, of war-torn El Salvador, and of female genital mutilation in Kenya. Nighttime news anchor on KCAL 9 for nearly 15 years, Harvey’s taste for news developed before she became a reporter. Growing up in Detroit, her working-class parents spent breakfast-time covering the news of the day, giving their daughter issues to think about and newspaper stories to read. Throughout her career, Harvey has been drawn to political stories, women and children’s concerns, and the plight of society’s unheard. She says she’s not about to stop telling stories.
Seymour Hersh is still considered to be a little old-school in his approach to work. At a time when celebrity journalists lived cloistered lives, Hersh has a listed phone number. With more organizations adopting tougher rules on use of anonymous sources, Hersh depends on and defends capital whisperers as much as ever. Her has reported for the New York Times, written for the New Yorker, penned over eight books, and has won one Pulitzer, five George Polk awards, and a National Magazine Award. He has detailed alleged eavesdropping by Henry Kissinger, uncovered the CIA’s involvement in the attempted coup against Chilean leader Salvador Allenge, and shed light on Israel’s secretive nuclear program. Recently, he received disclosure of torture and abuse by the US Military in Iraq’s Abu Ghrain prison. Hersh is about more than his writing. He is unabashed in his views, and doesn’t apologize.
Dave Lopez joined CBS2 in 1977 as a general assignment reporter, and has spent his career covering some of Los Angeles’ biggest stories, from the OJ Simpson Trial and Rodney King riots to floods, fires, and Lakers championships. He’s covered cases from the Hillside Strangler to the Freeway Killer. He interviewed Bill Clinton and the Pope. He reported from Somalia to Mexico City. He has already been recognized with eight Emmy Awards, seven Golden Mike awards, and three Associated Press Awards.
Judy Woodruff became a senior correspondent for CNN in 1993 and, since 2005, has worked with PBS to embark on an ambitious new project entitled “Generation Next.” She has been in the vanguard of American journalism for nearly four decades, helping to change the face of the broadcast newsroom along the way. Known for her passion for politics, her commitment to good journalism, and a unique combination of tenacity and courtesy, she broke new ground for women. She continues to do so today in a career that has made her one of the most respected journalists of her time.
Ana Garcia has worked both as a correspondent and an anchor for NBC 4, covering social and political issues. An investigative reporter, her work in 2001 uncovered unethical campaign contributions from board members of the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation to elected officials, which led to an official investigation and a resignation of the head of the corporation. Her work–on issues ranging from illegal tow trucks to improper disclosure of public records–have changed local, state, and federal laws. Her love of investigating will not diminish, and remains the focus of her career.
Rick Orlov became a news reporter after graduating from Cal State Northridge in the 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, he’s one of the most well-respected and well-liked reporters in Los Angeles. He’s covered four mayors and five governors. He’s jetted around the world for a story and dodged libel lawsuits. He’s even negotiated the surrender of a murder suspect. In the newsroom of today, when veteran reporters are leaving the business and the remaining reporters are cranking out multiple stories a day, Rick’s insight is more valuable than ever. His weekly political column is a must for those inside City Hall, and gives Angelenos the most thorough coverage of Los Angeles politics on a daily basis.