Willow Bay to Receive LA Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:08 PM

The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to announce that Willow Bay, the Director of USC Annenberg School of Journalism, will receive The Joseph M Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Bay is veteran television journalist, digital news editor and author. She was the first woman to co-anchor CNN’s financial news program “Moneyline News Hour “ and has anchored or co-anchored numerous shows on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC and Lifetime Television. In addition she serves as Senior Strategic Adviser for the Huffington Post and is a special correspondent for Bloomberg Television.

“She has inspired her colleagues as an anchor and correspondent with engaging, intelligent and insightful reporting. Now she is inspiring future generations at the Annenberg School of Journalism. And how lucky we are to have her right here in our own backyard,” said LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik.

Based in Los Angeles, Bay has reported from numerous special events for Bloomberg TV and as a Senior Editor at the Huffington Post she worked closely with founders Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer, managing the launch of over a dozen news, business and lifestyle content verticals.

“The LA Press Club is such a vital part of this city’s Journalism ecosystem.” Bay said. “I am deeply honored to receive the Quinn Award and join the list of remarkable past winners.”

Willow is currently a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Early Education.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in literature and received a master’s degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

She lives in Los Angeles with her two sons and husband, Robert Iger.

The Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, June 28, in the Chrystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles in front of some 550 influential journalists and media executives.

On this evening the LA Press Club will also honor Charlie Hebdo with the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism, presented by the slain journalist’s parents Judea and Ruth Pearl (and to be accepted by Charlie Hebdo’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Biard and current lead cartoonist Renald Luzier).

Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and “CBS This Morning” are the President’s Award recipients and Shane Smith and his VICE Team will be bestowed with the Public Service Award in Journalism.

Proceeds from the Gala is the largest source of income for the Los Angeles Press Club, a 501(c) 3 that speaks for journalists across all media platforms.

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