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The Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Journalistic Contributions to Civic Life

2015 Shane Smith and VICE
2014 Maria Shriver
2013 Sue Laris
2012 KCET Journalism Team
2011 Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times


Under CEO & Founder Shane Smith’s guidance, VICE in recent years has expanded into international and domestic news both through its own VICE News channel as well as an HBO partnership. Since its inception last March, VICE News has shifted the current news landscape with its award winning coverage of world events, from the crisis in Ukraine to the outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In it's short history VICE News has had a meteoric rise becoming the fastest-growing news channel on Youtube with close to a million subscribers, amassing over 210 million video views to date and millions more through its linear television agreements globally, with a commitment to covering stories often ignored by traditional media outlets and the news agenda. VICE’s Emmy Award winning newsmagazine show “VICE on HBO,” is currently in its third season and has been described as “60 Minutes for Young People.” VICE and HBO have recently expanded their content partnership to significantly expand programming for HBO subscribers. This partnership includes a new daily newscast, the extension of the weekly VICE series to 35 episodes per season, and in-depth, long-form VICE specials—all of which will be available through linear HBO and HBO NOW.


Maria Shriver receives the award for her expert use of her journalistic skill and experience to help make the world a better place. A journalist for more than three decades, Shriver has used her journalistic voice to inspire and inform since 2009 to produce the groundbreaking and award-winning series of Shriver Reports chronicling and exploring the seismic shifts in American culture and society affecting women today. The most recent, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink,” received over a billion media impressions after reporting for the first time that one in three women in America is living in poverty or teetering on its brink. The report received the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice’s 2014 Justice Award.


Sue Laris: In 1972, Sue Laris founded what is now Los Angeles Downtown News after planning it on her kitchen table. Today, her independently owned multi-media company, with an avid readership of about 150,000 weekly, has soared from the original Civic Center News to a paper whose success is inseparable from the transformation of Downtown.

Downtown News and its roughly 20 staff members are a voice that defines L.A.s core and its 15 distinct neighborhoods. The paper has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and Los Angeles Press Club in categories such as Investigative Reporting, Best Writing, Best Business Story, Best Design and Best Cartoon.


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