LA press received a record amount of newspaper, magazine, TV and radio entries at the club’s 57th Southern California Journalism Awards at the star studded red carpet event held at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA, Sunday, June 28th.“We had more than a thousand journalist entries this year, which is a new record and all that competition makes it more special,” said Robert Kovacik, president, LA Press Club. “Many of these journalists were schooled by Willow Bay, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, who received the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The most prestigious award was presented by philanthropist and USC Trustee Wallis Annenberg. Bay, now entering her second year as School of Journalism director, is a veteran television journalist as well as a 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 and ABC. She helped guide the early expansion of The Huffington Post, where she still serves as Senior Strategic Adviser, and she works as a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV.
“She has inspired her colleagues as an anchor and correspondent with engaging, intelligent and insightful reporting. Now she is inspiring future generations at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. And how lucky we are to have her right here in our own backyard,” said Kovacik. Bay is also an author, as well as a highly sought-after moderator at key forums for thought leaders and has led panels with prominent politicians, philanthropists, athletes, cultural figures and CEOs such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), Howard Schultz (Starbucks) and Larry Page (Google). At The Huffington Post, she interviewed Warren Buffet, Sheryl Sandberg and the Dalai Lama for the site’s first global live-streaming event.
“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.”The Quinn Award was established in 1979 in the name of the late Joseph M. Quinn, a former Press Club president and war correspondent who built City News Service and founded the club’s awards program in 1957. The award has been presented to local and national journalists, including Walter Cronkite, Otis Chandler, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Ann Curry, Judy Woodruff, Warren Olneyand Patt Morrison.
Also at the Press Club’s Awards gala, USC Annenberg students competed with professional journalists in a roster of categories. Students at Neon Tommy, Annenberg Radio News, Annenberg TV News, and Intersections South L.A. had a total of 55 nominations, also a new record. For a list of the winners visit the LA Press Club’s website: lapressclub.org/.