March 07, 2003

LOS ANGELES — Celebrating their 30th anniversary presenting the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, The Anderson School at UCLA hosts the annual competition’s preliminary judging meeting on March 10, 2003. This year’s preliminary judges include leading journalists representing major print and broadcast media organizations from various geographic areas across the nation, as well as faculty members from The Anderson School.

The Loeb Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in business journalism and honor writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy. This year the preliminary judges will be considering 383 entries for the contest, just two shy of the all time record number.

Each of the Loeb Awards preliminary judges reviews all entries in one of the 10 competition categories to narrow the field to approximately four finalists, which then advance to the final judging round in the spring in New York City. The finalists are determined collectively by each category panel in separate deliberation sessions.

"We're pleased to welcome 10 new preliminary judges for this year's competition," said Bruce G. Willison, dean of The Anderson School and chairman of the G. and R. Loeb Foundation. "The Loeb Awards have always attracted outstanding judges, and we're pleased to continue that tradition. We've also extended our geographical diversity and have 15 judges who will be traveling to Los Angeles from around the country to participate in the judging sessions," added Willison, who serves as a final judge for the Loeb Awards.

The 10 new judges for the 2003 competition are:

  • Adam Bryant, business editor, Newsweek
  • Bennie DiNardo, deputy business editor, The Boston Globe
  • Peter Imber, producer, ABC News
  • Rik Kirkland, managing editor, Fortune
  • Kathy Leverett, producer, NBC News
  • Seth Lubove, West Coast bureau manager, Forbes
  • Jim Schachter, deputy business editor, The New York Times
  • Eric Schurenberg, deputy editor, Business 2.0
  • Betsy Streisand, West Coast bureau chief, U.S. News and World Report
  • Pamela Yip, personal finance writer, Dallas Morning News

Returning preliminary judges for the 2003 competition are:

  • Larry Armstrong, senior correspondent, BusinessWeek
  • Kate Butler, business editor, Orange County Register
  • Jeffrey Cole, director, Center for Communication Policy, The Anderson School at UCLA
  • Jeffrey Daniels, producer, CNBC-TV
  • Jill Dutt, assistant managing editor, The Washington Post
  • Carmen Fleetwood, assistant managing editor, Dow Jones Newswire
  • Gonzalo Freixes, lecturer, The Anderson School at UCLA
  • Daniel Gaines, online business editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Gary Gentile, business writer, Associated Press
  • Hank Gilman, managing editor, Fortune Small Business
  • Ronald Grover, Los Angeles bureau manager, BusinessWeek
  • Edwin Guthman, senior lecturer, journalism, University of Southern California
  • Annette Haddad, assistant business editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Kathryn Harris, columnist, Bloomberg News
  • Jerry Hirsch, staff writer, Los Angeles Times
  • Gordon Klein, lecturer, The Anderson School at UCLA
  • Matt Krantz, reporter, USA Today\ Mark Lacter, editor, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Simon London, U.S. management editor, Financial Times
  • Mark Roberts, correspondent, The Economist
  • Margot Roosevelt, national correspondent, Time Magazine
  • Vincent Schodolski, Los Angeles bureau chief, Chicago Tribune
  • Jaye Scholl, freelance writer
  • Michael Siconolfi, deputy editor, Money and Investing, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jennifer Siebens, Los Angeles bureau chief, CBS News
  • Olav Sorenson, assistant professor, The Anderson School at UCLA
  • Stephen West, media editor, Bloomberg News
  • Casey Wian, West Coast bureau chief, financial news, CNN
  • Betty Wong, equities editor for the Americas, Reuters
  • Sam Zuckerman, economics writer, San Francisco Chronicle

The 2003 Loeb Award winners will be announced at a banquet and presentation ceremony June 30, 2003, at The Plaza in New York City. The recipients of the new Lawrence Minard Editor Award and the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award will also be honored.

The Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism were established in 1957 by Gerald Loeb, former founding partner of E.F. Hutton, to encourage quality reporting to inform and protect private investors and the general public. Winners are selected each year in a variety of print and broadcast categories, and career achievements are recognized with the Lawrence Minard Editor Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Judges are drawn from leading print and broadcast media nationwide. The Anderson School at UCLA has sponsored the Loeb Awards since 1973.

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