2024 Board Election – Meet the Candidates!

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* Brittany Levine Beckman, Los Angeles Times

Since joining the board in 2020, Brittany Levine Beckman has helped the Los Angeles Press Club’s Foot in the Door Fellowship thrive. The fellowship offers mentorship and training to five early-career journalists from communities historically overlooked by the media. Along with a small committee, Beckman helps manage programming, recruiting, networking and administrative tasks for the fellowship. Outside of her volunteer duties at the club, she is the Features Editor at the Los Angeles Times, managing Lifestyle and West Coast Experiences. She also volunteers for Writegirl, a nonprofit that empowers teen girls.

“I am honored to be on the board of an organization that cares about uplifting journalists in Los Angeles. From giving out grants to the Foot in the Door fellowship, the Press Club makes a difference in people’s lives. Journalism is a tough business — to break into and to stick with — and I’m happy to support young journalists as they find their way.”

* Rebecca Ford, Vanity Fair

Rebecca Ford is Vanity Fair’s senior awards correspondent, where she writes for the magazine’s Hollywood section, with a focus on awards season. Joining the publication in 2021, Rebecca writes profiles, features and columns covering the contenders of Oscar and Emmy season, along with other pieces delving into the entertainment business. She also moderates panels, covers film festivals and participates in Vanity Fair’s weekly awards podcast, “Little Gold Men.”

She previously spent 10 years working at The Hollywood Reporter, most recently serving as the senior awards editor where she oversaw all coverage of awards for the industry trade.  She was included on Gold House’s 2020 A100 list, highlighting the most influential Asians in culture and media. Rebecca lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

* John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg

John Gittelsohn is the LA Bureau Chief and an award-winning real estate reporter for Bloomberg News, where he has worked since 2011. He is running for his second term. As a board member, he organized speakers who made presentations about filing public records requests and personal finance for journalists. If re-elected, he’d like to put together more speaker events, especially with book authors. He’s a big fan and supporter of the Press Club’s awards programs, especially those that recognize Southern California coverage. Quality local journalism is a vital — and fragile — pillar of our society and he’s grateful to be able to offer support.

Kevin Kaul, Fossac.tv

I am a journalist representing more than half of the planet earth by running two TV, Fossac.tv and Usgbf.tv
These organizations are run due to bringing Global Peace thru Global Trade and this all can be achieved only by In God we trust

So being ran for California Governor in the past and will again run in the 2026 election I think thru media Board of Directors I can give media a seat on the table and journalists globally not getting killed in the USA and other Nations where American journalists are either being kidnapped like what happened in Saudi Arabia and other third world Nations too.

So I deserve to be part of the fight for us media personnel and get them protected and respected globally as we bring out the truth of the societies and keep the political system running fairly for all and honestly.

As a Asian community leader here in USA and also as a veteran I must be selected and elected as I have served whole American communities in the last 32 years.

* Nic Cha Kim, KCET/PBS SoCal

Nic Cha Kim is a Senior Producer of Arts and Culture for PBS SoCal, where he produces the award-winning local arts and culture television series Artbound and develops arts programming for public media. Prior to joining PBS SoCal and KCET, Nic reported for SoCal Connected on KCET and worked as a multimedia journalist for Spectrum News 1 and Free Speech TV.

A native Angeleno, Nic has lived in East L.A, Westlake, and the San Gabriel Valley, but considers Downtown L.A. his home base, where he previously owned a video art gallery and co-founded the creative district Gallery Row. Passionate about telling stories about arts and culture in L.A., Nic enjoys connecting with artists and learning about their creative processes.

Nic has won four L.A. Emmy awards for his journalism and documentary filmmaking and was named 2018’s “Television Journalist of the Year” by the L.A. Press Club. Past accolades also include Golden Mikes, SoCal Journalism Awards, and National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

Devoted to increasing diversity and inclusion in the newsroom, Nic co-chairs L.A. Press Club’s Foot in the Door Fellowship and mentors for PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

* Sarah Krouse, Wall Street Journal

Sarah Krouse is the Los Angeles bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal and is excited to be part of an organization that advocates for press freedoms and helps emerging journalists get a running start in the industry. She values and is committed to advancing the organization’s goal of celebrating and encouraging high-quality journalism across a wide range of beats, formats and outlets.

At The Journal, Sarah oversees reporters covering Hollywood, the music industry and gambling, and writes about streaming. She previously covered Google for The Information. Before that, she spent six years at the Journal covering investing, telecommunications and how businesses adapted to the coronavirus pandemic. Sarah started her career at the Washington Business Journal in D.C. and later wrote for Financial News, a London-based sister publication of Journal in London and New York.

* Adam Rose, Starling Labs

Adam Rose is secretary of the Los Angeles Press Club and chairs the press rights committee. In that role, he builds dialogue with law enforcement in Southern California and government leaders in Sacramento. He successfully lobbied for Senate Bill 98, which prohibits police from arresting or intentionally interfering with journalists as they cover protests. Adam is COO at Starling Lab for Data Integrity, an academic research center cofounded by Stanford and USC. The lab collaborates with newsrooms around the world to build trust in digital records, solving issues like social media evidence disappearing or demonstrating that images haven’t been manipulated. Involved with Los Angeles media for over 20 years, Adam was previously with CBS/Paramount+, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and LAist.

“Over the last few years, the Los Angeles Press Club has established itself as a leader in defending press rights. We provide our community with detailed research on access issues from credentialing to litigation to First Amendment violations. We use this to speak truth to power, and stand with our colleagues to ensure they can do their job. I’ve put a lot of energy into this work because I believe journalists serve a vital role in keeping the public informed, which is the only path to a functioning democracy. It’s an honor to do it, and I’m excited to continue.”

Pete Wilgoren, KTLA

“This year I will mark 20 years in Los Angeles broadcast news — working up through pretty much every newsroom editorial -and- senior leadership positions: Producer, Senior Producer, Executive Producer, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director, and for nearly a year, Acting News Director.

My time at KCAL, KCBS, Fox11, and now at KTLA as Managing Director of Content and Coverage has taught me an immense amount about the IMPORTANCE of the work we do.

This is a time of huge transitions in the business, protecting the rights of journalists and the free speech to do our jobs, mentoring the NEXT generation of journalists to get them engaged and motivated to enter this field.

I feel the LA Press Club is aligned with these goals in an ever-changing media landscape.

During my two decades in LA news, I have been a member of the LA Peer Executive Committee for the Television Academy, volunteered for years at Camp News mentoring young journalists, been a member at various times of the LA Press Club, RTNA, the Television Academy, the 8-Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists and more.”

* Chris Willman, Variety

Chris Willman is Senior Writer and Chief Music Critic at Variety. Willman began his career at the Los Angeles Times in the 1980s and ‘90s, before going on to spend 13 years at Entertainment Weekly as a senior writer and critic. Before joining Variety in 2018, he was a regular contributor to Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide; his work has additionally appeared in Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Spin, Parade and other publications. He is the author of the 2005 book “Rednecks & Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music,” cited by Stephen King as one of the three best music books of all time. The L.A. Press Club named him its Entertainment Journalist of the Year in 2020.

“I was appointed to the board late last year. Although it’s a very short time that I’ve been involved, I’ve long been a fan of the Press Club and what it does for local and national journalism communities — from honoring some of the great writers and broadcasters we’ve known and revered in L.A. as honorees at annual ceremonies to regularly taking a stand for press rights in situations where news media are shunted aside or even put in danger. Of course, as an entertainment journalist in L.A., I love that the LAPC takes that aspect of media seriously. I hope to continue to serve and become more engaged in the Press Club’s work.” 

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