THR's Gary Baum Named Journalist of the Year at SoCal Journalism Awards; 'Last Survivors' Wins Best Multimedia Package

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THR's other wins include best multimedia package for "The Last Survivors."

The Hollywood Reporter senior writer Gary Baum was named journalist of the year at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, which were handed out Sunday night at a gala dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Baum received the honor for journalist of the year in the print category (more than 50,000 circulation).

Baum, along with awards analyst Scott Feinberg, also won in the investigative category (magazines) for "The Tears and Terror of Mickey Rooney's Final Years."

THR also won in the multimedia package category for "The Last Survivors," by Peter Flax, Baum, Jennifer Laski, Victoria McKillop, Michelle Stark and Wesley Mann, which spotlighted the 11 remaining survivors of the Holocaust who are in the world of entertainment.

THR columnist Michael Wolff landed a win for best feature under 1,000 words for "How James Grabbed the Murdoch Throne."

Critic David Rooney won for best entertainment commentary for "Critic's Notebook: Why 'Hamilton' Counts as a Legitimate Game-Changer."

And in the entertainment photo category, Shanti Marlar, Laski, Carrie Smith, David Carthas and Miller Mobley won the award for their work with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega.

Elsewhere, THR's Kim Masters also won for her work with KCRW alongside Kaitlin Parker in the entertainment reporting/criticism, radio, category for "Ava DuVernay on 'Selma,' Building a Career Her Own Way."

Also honored at the ceremony were Erin Brockovich, who received the inaugural Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for her contributions to civic life; legendary AP photographer Nick Ut, who received the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement; NPR's Jarl Mohn, who received the President's Award for impact on media; and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who received the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.

The news also follows THR's nomination from the Gerald Loeb Awards, which honors the best in business and financial journalism, for the annual Executive Roundtable, published in November 2015. THR's Roundtable Series also recently won a Webby Award for best online film and video in the entertainment category. In February, THR won its second consecutive National Magazine Award win in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest.

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