I am a grateful 3x NAEJ Awards Finalist!


Lisa Niver and KTLA TV anchor, Cher Calvin,
at the 2019 Southern California Journalism Awards

Thank you for all of your support! I am a three time finalist for the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Awards!

UPDATE: I am a WINNER!!! Click here to read about the 2019 NAEJ Awards!

Please find my three recently nominated stories below as well as my six nominations from the Southern California Journalism Awards over the past three years. Thank you to the Los Angeles Press Club and especially to Chris Palmeri, Club President, and Diana Ljungaeus, Executive Director 

In the category C1b. Business, Music/Tech/Art: My Wharton Magazine article: Four Female Founders Share Their Origin Stories

Thank you to my editor, Richard Rys, and to the fantastic female founders who shared their stories with me: Karen Murphy O’Brien, Florence Quinn, Jennifer Hawkins and Victoria King. I also really appreciate the eight other female founders I interviewed for Women’s History Month who all appear in my Saturday Evening Post article: 12 Travel Experts Share Their Bucket List Destinations

Lisa Niver and Richard Rys, Editor, Wharton Magazine at The Wharton School

In the Category F6a. Soft News Feature – Under 5 Minutes—Film/TV: KTLA TV Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver

Thank you to KTLA TV and my incredible and sparkly producer, Kimberly Cornell! My KTLA TV segment about Ogden, Utah for Valentine’s Day was a finalist nominee in the the 2019 Southern California Journalism Awards. Click here to watch all my KTLA TV Travel segments!

Lisa Niver, Jason Roberts and Kimberly Cornell filming a KTLA TV segment for
Critics Choice Awards at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

In the Category H2a. Soft News: My Ms. Magazine article: Polar Bears Can’t Vote So You Have To

Thank you to my magnificent Ms. Magazine editor, Carmen Rios, for all of her help and support with my writing, events and covering conferences including the United Nations and Gates Foundation Goalkeepers in NYC! I love being on the Ms. Magazine digital site and writing for the print magazine too!

Lisa Niver and Carmen Rios in front of Ms. Magazine office. Lisa’s print article is in the magazine Carmen is holding!

Click to see my bucket list walk with the Polar Bears with Churchill Wild in my videos. I also wrote about the Polar Bears in my USA Today 10best article: “Clear Your Mind in these Open Spaces Made for Exploring!”

My three nominations for 2018 Southern California Journalism Awards

Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell at the 2018 Southern California Journalism Awards

At the 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards, I was the  2nd place winner for my Print Column in the Jewish Journal, “A Journey to Freedom Over Three Passovers.”

I was also a finalist in 2017 for Travel Reporting: with my story about Mongolia, “Mongolia: Land of Dunes & Moonrises.”

Lisa Niver and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti at the 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards
Lisa Niver at 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards

Learn more about the Los Angeles Press Club Awards and see more PHOTOS: 2019 finalists, 2019 awards, 2018 Finalists, 2018 awards, LA Press Club screening, “This Changes Everything,”

Lisa Niver at Los Angeles Press Club Awards 2019
Lisa Niver at Los Angeles Press Club Awards 2019, Photo by Liz H. Kelly

Who else is nominated in my NAEJ Awards categories?

C1b. Business, Music/Tech/Art related 

* Shirley Halperin, Variety, “XXXTentacion’s ‘Skins’ and the Game: The Players Behind the Posthumous Album”
* Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, “Nancy Dubuc: Vice’s New Sheriff”
* Lisa Niver, Wharton Magazine, “4 Women Founders Share Their Origin Stories” 

* Stacy Perman, Los Angeles Times, “The number of women directing films is abysmal. Alma Har’el has a plan to change that”
* Stacey Sommer, Brendan Kennedy, Caroline Pahl and Dexter Thomas, VICE News, “Pinkfong: The business behind the viral ‘Baby Shark’ hit” 

H2a. Soft News 

* Michelle Boston, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, “Pokemon Linquistics”
* Chris Gardner and Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, “Jordan Peele on Making Movies After ‘Us’: ‘I Don’t See Myself Casting a White Dude as the Lead’ 

* Lisa Niver, Ms. Magazine, “Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!”
* Brian Steinberg, Variety, “Trump and Technology Force TV News Shake Up”
* Chris Willman, Variety, “‘That’s From Disneyland!’: How a Collector’s Pop-Up Became a Must-See L.A. Destination” 

F6a. Soft News Feature – Under 5 Minutes—Film/TV
* Natalie Heltzel, Sebastian Doughty, Jennifer Laski, Stephanie Fischette, Carlos Medina, Hannah Carpenter, The Hollywood Reporter, “Trevor Noah Talks Jennifer Lopez, Bernie Sanders in ‘Fishing for Answers’ Cover Shoot Video”
* KCET, Lost LA – “The Origin of the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour”
* Brendan Kennedy, Stacey Sommer and Gaby Wilson, VICE News, “An Emmy For Megan”
* Doug Kolk, Michael Joseph James, KTLA 5 News, “Price is Right”
* Lisa Niver, KTLA 5 Special Projects, “Countdown to Gold on KTLA TV for the Oscars with Lisa Niver”

Click here for all of the 2019 NAEJ Finalists

Congrats to the KTLA TV NAEJ Awards Finalists!

Kacey Montoya, Paul Sanchez, KTLA 5 News

Doug Kolk, Michael Joseph James, KTLA 5 News

Lisa Niver, KTLA 5 Special Projects,

Frank Buckley, Kimberly Cornell, Angel C. Kim, Bobby Gonzalez

 KTLA Entertainment & Special Projects Team

KTLA Digital Team

Lisa Niver and Andrea Mitchell, both University of Pennsylvania alums

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. 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 times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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