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Emcees for SPJ gala: David Horsey and Lori Matsukawa


You’ll see two familiar faces emceeing the May 17 SPJ Awards Gala : Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Horsey, and KING 5 co-anchor Lori Matsukawa.

Horsey’s cartoons and columns are syndicated by Tribune Media Services to more than 200 newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle and the Boston Globe. He won the Pulitzer for editorial cartooning in 1999 and 2003 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1987 and 2014. Also in 2014, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his editorial cartoons on social justice issues. Among his numerous other honors, Horsey won the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 1998 and took first place in the Best of the West Journalism Competition for his columns about the 2008 presidential election.

A fourth generation Washingtonian, Horsey grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington, where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Daily. After graduating with a BA in Communications, Horsey entered journalism as a political reporter at the Daily Journal-American in Bellevue, WA. He moved to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1979 as a full-time editorial cartoonist and joined the Los Angeles Times national staff in 2012.

His career has taken him to presidential primaries, national political party conventions, the Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, assignments in Europe, Japan and Mexico and two extended stints working at the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau.

Matsukawa, a founding member of AAJA’s Seattle Chapter, reported from Tokyo on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She reported from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Other major stories include Governor Gary Locke’s first mission to China in 1997 and a series of reports on Washington apples and businesses in Japan in 1995 and 1991. She filed live reports for NBC affiliates during the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Matsukawa’s personal favorite was pulling 9-Gs in an F-16 in 1999.

Matsukawa’s professional awards include ARBY Awards in 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000, given by the Academy of Religious Broadcasting; a Society of Professional Journalists award for Economic Reporting in 1989 and the “American Scene Award,” from the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1986. In 2005, she was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association for mentoring aspiring journalists and inducted into the University of Washington Communication Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Then in April 2012 Matsukawa received another honor when UNITY: Journalists of Color cited Matsukawa as a “pioneering Asian American broadcast journalist” in its first list of the top journalists of color in the country for the past century. In 2014, she was inducted into the Silver Circle for lifetime achievement by the Northwest Chapter of NATAS, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Please join us on May 17 and see Horsey and Matsukawa team up to honor the best journalism in our region!

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