March 16, 2004

Los Angeles — Now its 47th year, the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism will hold its annual preliminary judging meeting at UCLA Anderson School of Management on March 15, 2004. This year's preliminary judges include leading journalists representing major print and broadcast media organizations from across the nation, as well as UCLA Anderson faculty members.

The Loeb Awards are considered the most prestigious honor in business journalism and recognize 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 394 entries for the contest, an all-time record.

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 17 new preliminary judges for this year’s competition,” said Bruce G. Willison, dean of UCLA Anderson 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.”

Willison noted that this year, the Loeb Award preliminary judging panel has increased from 40 to 50 judges, extending the geographical diversity of the group. Some 26 judges will be traveling from outside Southern California to participate in this year’s judging sessions, added Willison, who serves as a final judge for the Loeb Awards.

The 17 new judges for the 2004 competition are:
John Andrews, west coast editor and Los Angeles bureau chief, The Economist
Neil Chase, managing editor, CBS
Judith H. Dobrzynski, managing editor, business news, CNBC-TV
David Fritze, business editor, The Arizona Republic
Eric Gelman, executive editor, Money
Vindu Goel, business editor, San Jose Mercury News
Howard Gold, editor, Barron’s Online
Daniel Goodgame, managing editor, Fortune Small Business
Michele Matassa Flores, deputy investigations editor, The Seattle Times
Tom O'Hara, managing editor, The Plain Dealer
Jeff Pelline, editor, CNET
Ned Popkins, business editor, Orlando Sentinel
Chuck Ross, publisher and editorial director, Television Week
Ramona Schindelheim, business editor, ABC News
Alecia Swasy, deputy managing editor, The Virginian-Pilot
Mark Vamos, executive editor, Fast Company
Kathy Warbelow, business editor, Austin American-Statesman

Returning preliminary judges for the 2004 competition are:
Adam Bryant, business editor, Newsweek
Kate Butler, senior business team leader, Orange County Register
Jeffrey Cole, director, Center for Communication Policy, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Jeffrey Daniels, producer, CNBC-TV
Bennie DiNardo, deputy business editor, The Boston Globe
Jill Dutt, assistant managing editor, The Washington Post
Carmen Fleetwood, assistant managing editor, Dow Jones Newswire
Gonzalo Freixes, lecturer, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Daniel Gaines, online business editor, Los Angeles Times
Gary Gentile, business writer, Associated Press
Hank Gilman, deputy managing editor, Fortune
Ronald Grover, Los Angeles bureau manager, BusinessWeek
Edwin Guthman, senior lecturer, Journalism, University of Southern California
Kathryn Harris, columnist, Bloomberg News
Jerry Hirsch, staff writer, Los Angeles Times
Peter Imber, producer, ABC News
Matt Krantz, reporter, USA Today
Mark Lacter, editor, Los Angeles Business Journal
Kathy Leverett, producer, NBC News
Simon London, U.S. management editor, Financial Times
Seth Lubove, West Coast bureau manager, Forbes
Margot Roosevelt, national correspondent, Time Magazine
Jim Schachter, deputy business editor, The New York Times
Vincent Schodolski, Los Angeles bureau chief, Chicago Tribune
Eric Schurenberg, deputy editor, Business 2.0
Michael Siconolfi, senior editor, money and investing, The Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Siebens, Los Angeles bureau chief, CBS News
Betsy Streisand, West Coast bureau chief, U.S. News and World Report
Stephen West, media editor, Bloomberg News
Casey Wian, West Coast bureau chief, financial news, CNN
Betty Wong, managing editor, Americas, Reuters
Sam Zuckerman, economics writer, San Francisco Chronicle
The 2004 Loeb Award winners will be announced at a banquet and presentation ceremony June 28, 2004, at The Plaza in New York City. The recipients of the Lawrence Minard Editor Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award will also be honored.

The Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism were established in 1957 by Gerald Loeb, a 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. UCLA Anderson School of Management has sponsored the Loeb Awards since 1973.

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