Inaugural Excellence In Broadcast Journalism Honors Given to Three Los Angeles Journalists -- Larry Mantle, Warren Olney, Patt Morrison Receive Bill Stout Memorial Award

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Larry Mantle, host of AirTalk on KPCC, Warren Olney, executive producer and host of KCRW’s To the Point and Which Way, L.A.?, and Patt Morrison, host of Patt Morrison on KPCC, and longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, have been named as recipients of Community Advocates' inaugural Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. These three journalists are being honored for pursuing their careers in the tradition of Stout, a revered local and national broadcast journalist, who was a frequent stand-in for famed CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. Stout railed against the deteriorating quality of local broadcast news throughout his decades-long career. The awards will be given during a ceremony on Tuesday, October 18 in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Riordan Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles beginning at 7:30 PM.

Los Angeles is fortunate to have three journalists who manage to shed light instead of heat in the fractious world of daily, broadcast journalism. David Lehrer, President, Community Advocates, Inc.

Larry Mantle, host of AirTalk on KPCC since 1985, Warren Olney, executive producer and host of KCRW's To the Point and Which Way, L.A.?, and Patt Morrison, host of Patt Morrison on KPCC, and longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, have been named as recipients of the inaugural Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The awards will be given during a ceremony on Tuesday, October 18 in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Riordan Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles beginning at 7:30 PM.

Community Advocates, Inc. (CAI), a vanguard non-profit organization in the human relations field led by David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks, and chaired by former Los Angeles Mayor, Richard J. Riordan, created the award in the name of the late Bill Stout. These three journalists are being honored for pursuing their careers in the tradition of Stout, a revered local and national broadcast journalist who strongly protested the downward spiral in the quality of local broadcast news throughout his many years in the journalism profession.            

About the awards, CAI says: “Los Angeles is fortunate to have three journalists who manage to shed light instead of heat in the fractious world of daily, broadcast journalism. Warren Olney, Patt Morrison and Larry Mantle are the three pillars of local broadcast journalism who offer Angelenos the opportunity to hear and learn, in a dispassionate way and in depth, about the issues that truly affect our lives and our futures.”

Presentations will be made by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky, Bill Boyarsky, longtime former city reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times, former Los Angeles Mayor Hon. Richard J. Riordan, and Bill Stout’s widow, Peggy Stout, to the award recipients. Following the presentations, a discussion on the topic of “Broadcast News Today,” will be moderated by Marc Cooper, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication.

For attendance and ticket information, contact Community Advocates, Inc., at cai@cai-la.org.

About Community Advocates, Inc.:

Community Advocates, Inc. (CAI) strives to re-frame discussions about critical current human relations issues--- particularly race, ethnic tensions, education, multi-culturalism, inner city violence--- through a new and updated lens. Led by David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks, and chaired by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan, CAI has been at the forefront of a fresh approach to race, ethnic and cultural issues promoting critical discourse and common ground. CAI argues that Los Angeles and the nation are emerging from the "civil rights era" into a new period of tolerance and acceptance, a "trans-racial" society of fewer complaints and grievances that represents the future of America, http://www.cai-la.org

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