NAM Honors Best in Ethnic Media at Southern California Awards Gala!

Mar. 8, 2013 / By


Winners of the Outstanding Inter-Ethnic Reporting category presented by LAMLN (Photo credit: Alejandra Alarcon/Coachella Unincorporated)

Thursday night, March 7th, exceptional journalism work among Southern California’s ethnic media was honored at a gala held at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum at SCPR’s Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena. The event was presented by New America Media, the Los Angeles Multicultural Leadership Network [LAMLN], with support from the California Community Foundation [CCF] and KPCC.

Over 130 people, including ethnic and mainstream media, judges, honorees, special guests and NAM founding members, attended the event.

The awards ceremony recognized the outstanding work of winners from over 150 individual entries. NAM recognized first-place winners in 12 categories including Governance and Electoral Politics, Civil Liberties, International Affairs, Health, Education, Environment, Economy, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports and Community Advocacy. These nominees comprised a diverse range of ethnic and youth media outlets in the region:  Latino, African-American, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Armenian, Native-American, and Asian-American communities including Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, South Asian and Japanese audiences.

Click here for a complete list of the winners and special honorees.

Founding President & CEO of Southern California Public Radio, Bill Davis, welcomed the guests to the awards ceremony, emceed by Multi-Award Winner and Special Correspondent for 89.3 KPCC, Miss Patt Morrison, and NAM’s news anchor and Awards Chair Odette Keeley. Keeley also thanked the event’s sponsors for their valuable support, including The California Wellness Foundation, Southern California Edison, AARP, The James Irvine Foundation, The McCormick Foundation and The California Endowment.
Keeley also cites that the awards event could not have been possible without the dedication of all the NAM staff, as well as support from the NAM Board, funders, and partners representing the region’s universities, non-profits, corporations and organizations. Many of them comprised the distinguished panel of judges this year.
Stewart Kwoh, founding president & executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation presented winners in 2 categories, special selections by the Los Angeles Multicultural Leadership Network. Six winners were chosen for the Outstanding Reporting on Inter-Ethnic, Inter-Racial, Inter-Religious Relations category, while four winners were selected for the Emerging Youth Voices Awards category. Some of these winners came from youth-led community media outlets in areas long underserved by both mainstream and ethnic media.
The gala ceremonies also highlighted the critical contributions of NAM’s Founding Ethnic Media Partners in Southern California, and Cora Oriel, president and executive editor of Asian Journal Publications, delivered brief remarks on behalf of the group.

In addition to recognizing the exceptional work of the awards winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions, NAM Executive Director and Executive Editor Sandy Close presented the Community Advocacy Award to the news site, the Alhambra Source, which concluded the evening.


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