Who is a KTLA TV finalist for the SoCal Journalism Awards?


2019 Los Angeles Press Club awards

61st SoCal Journalism Awards Gala

Congratulations to the SoCal Finalists!

“Our judges evaluated more than 1,700 entries, and they’ve selected the finalists for the SoCal Journalism Awards! This year, more journalists entered than ever before, breaking old records and setting new, higher standards! On June 30, we celebrate the journalists pushing our industry forward.”

I am a finalist in category I-10 Lifestyle feature for Television or Film Broadcast, including online and cable TV, produced in Southern California:

* Lisa Niver, KTLA, “Money Smart: Ogden Ski Getaway Giveaway Package
* Zoe Buck, Rosey Alvero, Bijan Rezvani, Justin Cram and Juan Devis, KCET, “SoCal Wanderer – Anacapa to Ojai”
* Juan Devis, Antonio Diaz, Stef Ferrari, Ben Hunter and Jacqueline Reyno, KCET, “The Migrant Kitchen”
* Victoria McKillop, Francine Nazario, Ryan Heraly, Vince Patrick and Minh Bui, The Hollywood Reporter, “Where Hollywood Eats: New Orleans – Compere Lapin”
* Gina Pollack, Andy Viner, Michael Ray, Tori Edgar and Helki Frantzen, KCET, “Under the Influence”
Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell at 2018 Press Club Awards
Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell at 2018 Press Club Awards

Thank you to everyone at KTLA and especially my producer, Kimberly Cornell!


Click here to see our segment:

Money Smart: Ogden Ski Getaway Giveaway Package

Watch Lisa on KTLA TV about Ogden!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and KTLA wants to share the love with a winter ski package for two in Utah! Travel Expert Lisa Niver of WeSaidGoTravel tells us why Ogden is the ultimate ski destination! This contest ends on 2/8/18.

See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV

Learn more about Ogden in this article: click here! We went skiing and threw axes!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

This is my 3rd year to be nominated as a finalist:
2018 Finalist for three categories of Southern California Journalism Awards:
2017 2nd place winner for Southern California Journalism Award Print Column and finalist for Travel Reporting.

2019 press club awards invitation

The Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.

The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 61 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

Here are my 2019 KTLA Travel TV segments:

Thank you to Kimberly, Jason and the entire KTLA team!


Filming at the Waldorf Beverly Hills for Critics Choice!

Filming at La Peer Hotel for the the Oscars
Filming at Kimpton La Peer for the Oscars

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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