Lisa Ling Says Maria Shriver Should Run for California Governor

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Maria Shriver

Ann Curry, Michael Bloomberg and The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh were honored alongside Shriver at the Southern California Journalism Awards.

Lisa Ling would like Maria Shriver to move back to Sacramento.

"Can we all agree Maria should run for governor of California?" Ling said introducing Shriver at the Los Angeles Press Club's 55th Southern California Journalism Awards, held Sunday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. (Shriver, of course, is the former first lady of California, as her estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was the state's governor from 2003-11.)

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"Journalism has the power to change the world," Shriver said in accepting the Public Service Award for journalistic contributions to civic life.

Shriver was one of several honorees at the annual L.A. Press Club gala. Accepting the Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award for journalistic achievement and distinction — the L.A. Press Club's highest honor — Ann Curry encouraged the separation between journalism and advertising.

"Our credibility will only be as strong as the wall between journalists and advertisers. Our job is not to worry about increasing the bottom line of our corporate parents," Curry said. "It is not about selling soap. … It is about empowering people with the truth — even and especially when it is not pretty and not popular."

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Curry was introduced by KNBC Los Angeles news anchor Colleen Williams, with whom she shared an office while both were working at KCBS in the mid-1980s.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recorded a video message to thank the L.A. Press Club for the President’s Award for impact on media, which was presented by philanthropist-entrepreneur Eli Broad. Bloomberg was honored alongside Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler, who accepted the honor in person.

Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh received the Daniel Pearl Award for courage and Integrity in Journalism. The award was presented by Judea Pearl, the father of late journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped in Pakistan and killed by an Al-Qaeda member in 2002.

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Also during the gala, The Hollywood Reporter was honored with six awards, including best news website, best feature photo, best personality profile, best magazine design, best investigative report and best videographer.