LA press club honors GMA-7's Hollywood correspondent
GMA-7's Hollywood correspondent Janet Susan R. Nepales has won third place in the recently-held Los Angeles Press Club's Ninth Annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Awards.
Nepales won for her article titled "Jennifer Garner on her life and its miracles" that appeared in her Hollywood Bulletin column on March 16, 2016.
A UST alumna who graduated cum laude, Nepales is the first and only Filipina member of the 74-year-old prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that presents the Golden Globe Awards.
Based in Los Angeles, she was recognized by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) as one of the "100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World" in 2012 and 2013.
Along with her husband Ruben, Nepales was recently awarded Entertainment Journalists of the Year by The Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) for 2016 at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
She is also a co-author of the first FWN book entitled "DISRUPT: Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt."
Other awardees during the event held Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles included Diane Warren, who received The Visionary Award for her humanitarian work; Chelsea Handler, who won The Luminary Award for her career achievement; and Angela Lansbury, who received The Legend Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to society.
It is the first time in the history of the NAEJ Awards that three women are the honorees.
According to LA Press Club president Robert Kovacik of NBC4 Southern California, "What Diane Warren, Chelsea Handler, and Angela Lansbury have accomplished in music, television, theatre and film is truly astonishing --- milestones reached and glass shattered."
"We are also thrilled to honor all of our nominees and winners as the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards celebrates its ninth year with an ever-growing presence. We received a record number of submissions this year coming from across the country and globe," he added. —KBK, GMA News