The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists and an attorney at its 37th annual awards banquet next spring.
The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They include: Marty Sauerzopf, city editor at City News Service; Dan Evans, editor for the Los Angeles Times community newspapers; Andy Ludlum, director of news programming at KNX 1070 Newsradio and KFWB News Talk 980; and Beverly White, general assignment reporter at NBC4.
Sharon Waxman, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of TheWrap.com, is the recipient of the chapter's Distinguished Work in New Media Award.
Jean-Paul Jassy, attorney and counsel for SPJ/LA, will receive the chapter's Freedom of Information Award.
SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalist awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees are journalists who have achieved a record of accomplishments over the course of several years. For the past three decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism.
Beverly White is a veteran general assignment reporter for the "Channel 4 News." She joined NBC4 in 1992 from WTVJ, the NBC owned and operated station in Miami. White specializes in live television and has covered a variety of stories for NBC4 including the destructive El Nino weather system, the recurrent Southern California wildfires, local flooding, mudslides and the Northridge earthquake. In addition, she has traveled for NBC4 on select stories such as the 2004 hurricane swarm in Florida and Alabama.
Locally, she has been a steady presence on the top-rated 11 p.m. "Channel 4 News" for more than a decade. She holds a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, White has shared her time and talent, giving speeches and presentations to colleges, community and civic groups. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, White is a past president of the local affiliate chapter, the Black Journalists Association of Southern California. She has been a Scholar in Residence at Citrus College in Glendora and an adjunct professor of broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California.