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10th National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards


This year’s competition featured some of the fiercest and most impactful A&E reporting we have ever seen, and we are excited to celebrate the work of these outstanding journalists.
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Stars from the worlds of media, sports, film and television will pack into the Crystal Ballroom to celebrate the power of journalism.

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
4:30 p.m. – Red Carpet
5:00 p.m. – Silent Auction
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and ProgramWhere: The Crystal Ballroom
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Alonzo Bodden – our favorite comedian – is back this year! His quicksilver wit and hilarious insight into the news has forced us to laugh at ourselves and our profession. Check him out at the 58th SoCal Journalism Awards!

Meet Our Special Honorees


Visionary Award

Hollywood legend Tippi Hedren has appeared in more than 80 movies and TV shows. Her big breakout was as the lead in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 interpretation of Daphne du Maurier’s apocalyptic “The Birds.” She has been a passionate and determined Animals Rights activist beginning in the 1960’s having founded the Roar Foundation and The Shambala Preserve where she cares for lion, tigers and other wild animals. Hedren has also traveled worldwide setting up relief programs in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war. She was also instrumental in the development of Vietnamese-American nail salons in the United States.

“I am humbled, and must say thrilled to accept this truly awesome gift of being honored with the Visionary Award from the Los Angeles Press Club. My parents, Dorothea and Bernard Hedren are looking down at me right now, with very proud smiles on their loving faces,” Hedren said.

Melanie Griffith will be presenting her mother with the L.A. Press Club’s Visionary Award for Humanitarian Work!


Legend Award

Legendary basketball player, author, U.S. Cultural Ambassador, civil rights icon and social justice advocate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will receive the Los Angeles Press Club’s Legend Award.


The Legend Award honors individuals within the Entertainment Industry for both their Lifetime Achievement and their Contributions to Society– artistically as well as on a humanist level.

“I am honored just to be in the presence of professional journalists because in these dark times of alternate truths from our elected officials and their immoral minions, you are America’s best hope for the voice of reason and truth to nurture our democratic ideals,” said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.



Storyteller Award

It has been 50 years since Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett created Sesame Street, the longest running children’s show in America. Forty-eight years after the first episode aired, the Los Angeles Press Club is honoring the co-creators with its first Distinguished Storyteller Award. The ceremony will take place at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 3 at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.


“I am very honored to accept this award on behalf of Joan Cooney and myself, but it is really an award for the work of the many hundreds of people who have been part of the Sesame family over these forty-eight years,” said Lloyd Morrisett from his home in San Diego.

The Distinguished Storyteller Award was instituted to pay tribute to those committed to important storytelling in ways other than journalism.


Impact Award

Kantor and Twohey are investigative journalists who have devoted their careers to shedding light on treatment of women and children. Their articles have prompted national and international discussions, new laws, and changes at some of the world’s toughest corporations. Along the way, they have worked closely with a wide array of sources on delicate issues, finding sensitive but powerful ways to bring the truth to light.

“These two intrepid women faced down Harvey Weinstein by exposing the sordid truth of the mogul’s decades long sexual misconduct and abuse. They did so in spite of the onslaught of threats from Weinstein and his powerful allies. Hollywood will confront itself and become a little bit healthier thanks to their work,” said Press Club Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus.

The Impact Award was instituted to pay tribute to journalists whose reporting makes a difference.


Luminary Award

The Los Angeles Press Club will honor Variety’s Co-Editors-in-Chief Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein at its upcoming National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 3 at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.

“Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein have managed to take this 112-year-old trade magazine institution into the digital age, appealing to a younger worldwide demographic. This important recognition reflects the high standard of their work,” said Press Club President Robert Kovacik.

The Luminary Award for Career Achievement was instituted to pay tribute to deserving members of the Entertainment Media. Past honorees include Tavis Smiley, Chelsea Handler and Janice Min.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.