The California News Publishers Association (CNPA) has recognized the Beverly Hills Courier with one first-place, two second-place and two third-place 2022 California Journalism Awards (CJA). The awards are given out by the publishing industry’s most prestigious professional organization for journalistic excellence.
This marks the third year in a row that the Courier has earned awards from the CNPA, bringing the total number of awards to 14.
This year, CNPA received a record number of more than 3,100 entries, with eligible stories published in the calendar year 2022.
Executive Editor Ana Figueroa garnered a first-place award in the category of “Writing” for her look at the architectural masterpiece now gracing the campus of the largest synagogue in Los Angeles. The piece, entitled “The New Audrey Irmas Pavilion Illuminates Wilshire Boulevard Temple” appeared in the Courier’s April 8, 2022 issue.
As the comments from the judges eloquently noted, “This piece is a cut above everything else in this category. It just sings while making an incredibly complex and potentially dull subject absolutely fascinating and vital.”
In addition to the first-place award, the feature on the Audrey Irmas Pavilion also earned a second-place award in the “Enterprise Reporting” category.
Figueroa also received a third-place award in the “Writing” category for “’200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibit’ Opens on Rodeo Drive.” The Aug. 5, 2022 piece describes the eclectic collection of customized Louis Vuitton trunks curated to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the iconic brand’s founder.
Beverly Hills Courier writer Matthew Blake earned a second-place award in the category of “Land-Use Reporting” for his story on the approval of the Cheval Blanc Beverly Hills hotel project. The piece, “Path Cleared for $1 Billion Cheval Blanc Ultra-Luxury Hotel,” ran in the Nov. 4, 2022 issue of the Courier.
And, the Courier’s contributing columnist, Eva Ritvo, M.D. earned a third-place award in the “Health Coverage” category with her March 11, 2022 piece, “From the Pandemic to Ukraine: It’s OK Not to Feel OK.” As the judges observed, “This column was full of widely useful tips and information for anyone suffering from crisis overload—which is, essentially, all of us.”