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Pasadena Journalist Justin Chapman Wins Three LA Press Club Journalism Awards

Published on Monday, June 26, 2023 | 4:55 pm

Pasadena journalist Justin Chapman won two first place journalism awards and one third place award at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 65th Annual Southern California Journalism

Awards ceremony Sunday night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA.

There were over 2,300 entries to this year’s awards.

One of Chapman’s first place awards was for his Pasadena Now story, “Paradise Springs Eternal,” in the Culture News category. The judges said: “Absolutely wonderful storytelling that takes the reader back to the ‘Golden Age’ and what went on behind the scenes. Great history of the building. Very colorful and entertaining.”

His other 1st place award was for his Alta Journal story, “Welcome to Slowjamastan,” in the Music/Arts Feature Over 1,000 Words category. 

The judges said: “An informative and fun exploration of micronations setting the right tone of seriousness and absurdity.”

His third place award was for his Pasadena Star-News story, “Author treks through Holocaust heartbreak with biting wit, historical perspective, concern for future,” about

Jerry Stahl’s book Nein, Nein, Nein! One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust, in the Entertainment News/Feature category.

Chapman has won a total of nine awards from the LA Press Club over the past three years, including three first place awards.

Chapman is also the host of the Pasadena Media TV show “Pasadena Monthly with

Justin Chapman,” formerly known as “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman.” 

He was a finalist for two awards related to the show on Sunday, in the Anchor/Host and TV Talk/Public Affairs categories.

Chapman was the youngest elected official in LA County when he served on the Altadena Town Council at age 19. He has served on a number of local boards and wrote hundreds of articles for two dozen print and digital publications, including Pasadena Now,  KPCC/LAist, Alta Journal, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Berkeley Political Review, Pasadena Weekly,

Pasadena Star-News and many others. 

He currently serves as the

District 6 Council Liaison/Field Representative to Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison.

Pasadena Weekly and LA Downtown News columnist Ellen Snortland of Altadena also came in third place in the Print Journalist of the Year Under 50,000 Circulation category.

A documentary about Pasadena’s John Muir High School also took home top honors.

PBS SoCal’s “Can We All Get Along? The Segregation of John Muir High School” by Pablo Miralles, Clark Harris and Michelle Merker won first place in the Educational

Reporting and Race and Society categories. The judges said: “A beautifully told story that infuses historical context.

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