Who is a KTLA TV finalist for the SoCal Journalism Awards?


2019 Los Angeles Press Club awards

61st SoCal Journalism Awards Gala

Congratulations to the SoCal Finalists!

“Our judges evaluated more than 1,700 entries, and they’ve selected the finalists for the SoCal Journalism Awards! This year, more journalists entered than ever before, breaking old records and setting new, higher standards! On June 30, we celebrate the journalists pushing our industry forward.”

I am a finalist in category I-10 Lifestyle feature for Television or Film Broadcast, including online and cable TV, produced in Southern California:

* Lisa Niver, KTLA, “Money Smart: Ogden Ski Getaway Giveaway Package
* Zoe Buck, Rosey Alvero, Bijan Rezvani, Justin Cram and Juan Devis, KCET, “SoCal Wanderer – Anacapa to Ojai”
* Juan Devis, Antonio Diaz, Stef Ferrari, Ben Hunter and Jacqueline Reyno, KCET, “The Migrant Kitchen”
* Victoria McKillop, Francine Nazario, Ryan Heraly, Vince Patrick and Minh Bui, The Hollywood Reporter, “Where Hollywood Eats: New Orleans – Compere Lapin”
* Gina Pollack, Andy Viner, Michael Ray, Tori Edgar and Helki Frantzen, KCET, “Under the Influence”
Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell at 2018 Press Club Awards
Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell at 2018 Press Club Awards

Thank you to everyone at KTLA and especially my producer, Kimberly Cornell!


Click here to see our segment:

Money Smart: Ogden Ski Getaway Giveaway Package

Watch Lisa on KTLA TV about Ogden!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and KTLA wants to share the love with a winter ski package for two in Utah! Travel Expert Lisa Niver of WeSaidGoTravel tells us why Ogden is the ultimate ski destination! This contest ends on 2/8/18.

See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV

Learn more about Ogden in this article: click here! We went skiing and threw axes!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

This is my 3rd year to be nominated as a finalist:
2018 Finalist for three categories of Southern California Journalism Awards:
2017 2nd place winner for Southern California Journalism Award Print Column and finalist for Travel Reporting.

2019 press club awards invitation

The Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.

The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 61 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

Here are my 2019 KTLA Travel TV segments:

Thank you to Kimberly, Jason and the entire KTLA team!


Filming at the Waldorf Beverly Hills for Critics Choice!

Filming at La Peer Hotel for the the Oscars
Filming at Kimpton La Peer for the Oscars

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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