The Los Angeles Press Club has awarded Ann Curry its Lifetime Achievement Award, reports Rafu Shimpo.
Curry is currently an international reporter for NBC News and former co-host of Today.
The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement is the Press Club’s highest honor.
Curry was a reporter at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles from 1984 – 1990.
“Our credibility will only be as strong as the wall between journalists and advertisers,” Curry is quoted by the Hollywood Reporter as saying in her acceptance speech. “Our job is not to worry about increasing the bottom line of our corporate parents. It is not about selling soap. … It is about empowering people with the truth — even and especially when it is not pretty and not popular.”
This was the second honor for Curry in recent weeks. She also received the Visibility Award at the V3con Digital Media Conference put on by the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Also on hand at the Press Club’s award ceremony was Lisa Ling of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN.
She introduced Maria Shriver, former California First Lady and reporter for NBC. Shriver received the The Public Service Award for Journalistic Contributions to Civic Life.
In addition to Curry, several Asian American journalists also received awards that night. You can read about that in Rafu Shimpo.