Hollywood Reporter Wins Best Publication, Website at National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

Austin Hargrave

THR's Eriq Gardner was named journalist of the year at the awards gala, held Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Reporter was named best publication and best website Sunday night at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

In addition, THR's Eriq Gardner was named journalist of the year at the awards gala, which took place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Also honored at the event were Diane Warren with the Visionary Award for humanitarian work, Chelsea Handler with the Luminary Award for career achievement and Angela Lansbury with the Legend Award for lifetime achievements and contributions to society.

THR topped the NAEJ awards with a total of 19 wins. Among THR's other awards were Lacey Rose's win for best personality profile/interview in the over-2,500-words category for “What Happens When the Enfant Terrible Gets an Enfant.” In the print category for general news, Ryan Parker won for "Rick Moranis Isn't Retired (He Just Doesn't Know How to Change His Wikipedia Page)."

Kim Masters won two awards: for best obituary/in appreciation for “The Man Who Saved Mom From the Holocaust” and in the business category for “HBO’s High-Class Problems.”

Dylan Howard won best celebrity news and in the best celebrity investigative category for “Charlie Sheen, HIV, a Tabloid and My Insane 2-Year Hunt for a Story.”

In the online categories, Gardner's "Why Hulk Hogan's $140 Million Gawker Verdict Is a Signpost for the Future" was named best industry/arts hard news, while Scott Feinberg's "Mike Francesa, King of New York Sports Radio for 30 Years, Prepares to Abdicate His Throne" was named best personality profile/interview. Stephen Galloway's "Galloway on Film: I Sat 20 Feet From a Serial Killer" won in the category for best commentary analysis/trend.

In the TV/video/film section, Janice Min, Jennifer Laski, Stephanie Fischette and Vincent Venturella won in the news category for “The Sequel Is Always Bigger: We Knew We Were Going to Have to Speak to This Issue,” an interview with the Academy chiefs about their history-making announcement about diversifying their membership in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite. Fischette, Mia Galuppo, Natalie Heltzel and Vince Patrick Potalivo won the award for best feature longer than five minutes for “Roger (Corman) Deserves a Monument in Front of the Academy, Says Bruce Dern.”

Winning for best documentary or special program, short, were Min, Galloway, Laski, Fischette and Laela Zadeh for “Mentorship Video," spotlighting THR's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.

Meanwhile, Feinberg and Dora Takacs scored a win for best one-on-one interview in the radio/podcast category for “‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast – Steven Spielberg (‘Bridge of Spies’).”

In the photo categories, Shanti Marlar, Laski, Carrie Smith and Austin Hargrave were cited for best portrait photo for “Ricky Gervais."

THR also won for best page layout for “We’re Going to [email protected] S#%t Up,” a feature about Vice, by Marlar, Peter Cury and Christopher Hawkins.

“Holocaust – Hollywood’s Last Survivors” notched a win for best multimedia package for Peter Flax, Gary Baum, Laski, Victoria McKillop, Michelle Stark and Wesley Mann.

Maureen Lee Lenker, a THR intern and USC Annenberg Media student, also took home an award in a student category. Her story "Cabaret at Pantages Looks to Our Past to Warn Us of Our Future" was named best commentary/critique.

The wins come as THR.com recorded its second-highest U.S. month ever, with 18.6 million unique users in October 2016, according to comScore. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group recorded its third-best total ever, jumping two spots to No. 4 in the comScore Entertainment/News ranking (U.S. domestic) for October 2016, trailing only People, E! and Yahoo Celebrity.

For more details and a complete list of winners, visit the L.A. Press Club's website.

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