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Become a Library Foundation Member to attend an exclusive Member-only pre-reception.

A multi-day celebration of press freedom and the First Amendment that will engage journalists and the public  in and around Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Times, in collaboration with the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt will moderate a lively discussion on the question of what diversity means in media—and how it can influence the stories we read, hear, and share. Los Angeles Times Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine will provide the opening remarks for this conversation.

Join us for a private reception at 6:00 pm followed by a 7:30 pm panel discussion and audience Q&A


Lestor Holt

Lestor Holt is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor. Before anchoring “NBC Nightly News with Lestor Holt” and “Dateline NBC,” he spent eight years as anchor of “NBC Nightly News” weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY.” His work in the field covers breaking news across the globe and locally—from the nuclear crisis in Japan and the streets of Cairo to on-the-ground, first person accounts in the U.S.

Sewell Chan

Sewell Chan is an American journalist who currently serves as deputy managing editor for news at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he worked at The New York Times for 14 years in a variety of reporter and editorial positions—most recently as the international news editor in the London office and before then as the deputy editor of the Op-Ed and Sunday sections. Chan was previously a staff writer at The Washington Post and has written for The Wall Street Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Marina Walker Guevara

Marina Walker Guevara is ICIJ’s director of strategic initiatives and network. She managed the two largest collaborations of reporters in journalism history: the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, her stories range from environmental degradation by multinational companies to the global offshore economy, which have appeared in international media, including The Washington Post, the BBC, and more. Walker Guevara sits on the board of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and is a co-founder of the Latin American Center for Investigative Reporting (CLIP).

León Krauze

León Krauze is an award-winning Mexican journalist, author, and news anchor. He is currently the lead anchor at KMEX, Univision’s station in Los Angeles and hosts the podcast, “Epicentro” as well as co-hosts Slate’s “Real Trumpcast.” Winner of eight Emmys, his writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Washington Post, including serval publications across Mexico and the U.S. He is a senior fellow at The Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Errin Haines Whack

Errin Haines Whack is the Associated Press’ National Writer on Race and Ethnicity. An award-winning journalist, her work is focused on the intersection of race, politics and culture, including civil and voting rights, the black electorate, and the emerging modern protest movement. She has previously worked at The Washington Post, The Orlando Sentinel and The Los Angeles Times. Originally from Atlanta, Errin is based in Philadelphia with her husband, Lee, and their dog, Ginger.

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