Five Time Finalist for Southern California Journalism Awards! Thank you!


Thank you! I am honored to be a finalist for FIVE Southern California Journalism Awards, including and especially for Online Journalist of the Year. WOW!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and to all of the outlets who published my work. Please see below for my print, digital and broadcast content which is nominated. Thank you to the Los Angeles Press Club for this opportunity to be recognized!


  • Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel
  • Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC
  • Damien Newton, Streetsblog LA
  • Joe Rubin, Capital & Main
  • Sahra Sulaiman, Streetsblog LA
Lisa Niver dancing underwater at 70 feet


  • Lisa Niver, Ms. Magazine, “What Growing up X Taught Ilyasah Shabazz about Feminism
  • Patrick Range McDonald, Housing Is A Human Right, “Garcetti-fication: A Gentrification Cautionary Tale”
  • Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, “’Damn It, That’s Huge:’ Actors With Down Syndrome Are Finding More Work in Hollywood”
  • Angelika Albaladejo, Capital & Main, “Child Law Penalizes Moms for Abusive Partners”
  • Vic Gerami, The Blunt Post, “LGBTQ Armenians Face Resign of Terror”
Lisa Niver's article on Ilyasah Shabazz in Ms. Magazine


  • Lisa Niver, Wharton Magazine, Treat Your Business Rival as Inspiration, Not Competition
  • Larry Buhl, Capital & Main, “When Charter Schools Fail, Parents Are Left Scrambling”
  • Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, “Glendale Community College to return fees for student IDs it likely shouldn’t have collected”
  • Sonali Kohli, Iris Lee, Priya Krishnakumar, Marcus Yam and Jerome Campbell, Los Angeles Times, “Surrounded: Homicides near schools, and the students left behind”
  • Theresa Marie Moreau, American Greatness, “Juilliard Goes to China”

G6. PRINT MAGAZINE FEATURE, Under 1,000 Words: Any feature. 

  •  Lisa Niver, Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt
  • Tim Gray, Variety, “Jay Roach Wants to Start a Conversation With ‘Bombshell’”
  •  Peter Savodnik, The Journal of Alta, “The Lost Galleon of the California Desert”
  • Celine Teo-Blockey, Peter Flax and Nora O’Donnell, The Red Bulletin, “Heart And Soul”
  • Blaise Zerega, The Journal of Alta,  “COLD CASE: Like ‘a Falling Star’ from Outer Space”


  • Lisa Niver, KTLA 5 News, “Star Treatment Package Giveaway
  • Artifact Nonfiction and KCET, KCET, “Nightshift”
  • Dignicraft, Juan Devis, Matthew Crotty and Jacqueline Reyno, KCET, “Artbound: Día de Los Muertos”
  • KCET, Tastemade and Roy Choi, KCET, “Broken Bread: Future of Food”
Lisa Niver at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on KTLA TV

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the FINALISTS! I am honored to be recognized in this esteemed group!

My past nominations and winning content:

2019 WinnerNAEJ Award for KTLA TV segment

2019 Finalist: National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards in three categories

Lisa Niver at 2019 NAEJ Awards

2019 Finalist: Southern California Journalism Awards for Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment: Ogden Ski Getaway

2018 Finalist for three categories of Southern California Journalism Awards:
Lisa Niver at 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards
2017 2nd place winner for Southern California Journalism Award Print Column and finalist for Travel Reporting.
Lisa Niver at Los Angeles Press Club Awards 2019
Lisa Niver at Los Angeles Press Club Awards 2019, Photo by Liz H. Kelly

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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