LA Times biz editor Yoshino to receive award
Los Angeles Times business editor Kimi Yoshino has been named the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2018 Presidents Awardee for Impact on Media.
Yoshino oversees an award-winning staff of some 30 reporters and editors covering business news and the entertainment industry.
Since she started at The Times in 2000, Yoshino has helped guide reporting on the Bell corruption scandal, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service and the LA Press Club’s Public Service Award. She was a morning assignment editor in Metro and helped establish L.A. Now, the Times’ most-read blog and go-to source for reliable, real-time coverage of the biggest stories in Southern California.
As business editor, Yoshino rebuilt and re-energized the staff and helped re-launch the section with a greater focus on California business coverage. For two years in a row, the section was recognized with the highest general excellence award by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. And this year, it brought home 11 SABEW honors – more than any other news outlet.
“Kimi represents the best of what we as journalists strive to do every day,” said Press Club President Chris Palmeri, Los Angeles bureau Chief for Bloomberg, in a statement. “She tackles tough stories, whether it be corrupt officials in the city of Bell or municipal tax breaks for the richest entertainment company in the world. She has inspired her team to write an open letter in her defense to their boss. That’s why we’re so happy to have her accept this award, ”
The President’s Award will be presented at the 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, June 24 at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles.
“I’m humbled and honored to receive this award from the Los Angeles Press Club,” said Yoshino. “Like many of my colleagues at the L.A. Times, I am looking forward to putting a tumultuous period behind us as we work with our new owner to maintain our high journalistic standards and strengthen our voice covering California and the West.”