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 Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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