Giselle Fernandez to Receive the LA Press Club’s President’s Award

Spectrum News 1’s Giselle Fernandez has been named the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2023 President’s Awardee for Impact on Media.

“Giselle has skillfully interviewed everyone from world leaders and celebrities to everyday heroes,” said LA Press Club President Lisa Richwine. “Each time, she helps uncover a common humanity that improves viewers’ understanding of Los Angeles and the world.”

Fernandez is best known for her award-winning journalism with leading U.S. broadcast news organizations CBS and NBC News, where she covered major international news stories and events. Among her numerous posts, Fernandez hosted NBC’s weekend edition of the “Today Show” and was the first Latina to anchor her own Sunday edition of the “NBC Nightly News.” She garnered much attention for her insightful interviews with global leaders like Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger, Presidents William Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Vice-President Albert Gore and U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, earning this news veteran seven Emmy Awards.

Today she showcases her talent each morning on “Your Morning” on Spectrum News 1, and on the Emmy Award-winning weekly series “L.A. Stories with Giselle Fernandez” and the podcast “LA Stories Unfiltered,” highlighting people who shape lives and create an impact throughout the community.

Fernandez is a two-time winner of the LA Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Click here to read her full bio.

The President’s Award will be presented at the 65th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, June 25 at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in downtown LA.

In addition to honoring Giselle Fernandez, ABC7’s David Ono will be bestowed with the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement; LA Times’ Alene Tchekmedyian will receive the Guardian Award for Contributions to Press Freedom; and Bernard-Henri Lévy will receive the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.

More than 500 journalists and media executives are expected to attend this prestigious event.

The evening is dedicated to Ukrainian journalists and Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal journalist wrongfully imprisoned in Russia.

Proceeds from the Gala are the largest source of income for the Los Angeles Press Club a 501(c) 3 that speaks for journalists across all media platforms. All contributions are tax-deductible.

To buy tickets, advertise or sponsor this event with a tax-deductible donation go to or contact The LAPC is one of the oldest and most respected journalist organizations in the nation with a storied history of honoring the most celebrated reporters of the past century. In recent years the Los Angeles Press Club has continued to uphold its tradition of acknowledging excellence in spite of the fact that Journalism itself has struggled in the face of ever-declining budgets.

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