Larry Mantle, Warren Olney and Patt Morrison were named recipients of the inaugural Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The trio will receive their award on Oct. 18 in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Riordan Central Library.
Mantle has served as host of AirTalk on KPCC since 1985, the longest continuously airing daily talk program in Southern California. Olney is the executive producer and host of KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? and To The Point. Morrison is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times and the host of the Patt Morrison show on KPCC.
The Bill Stout Memorial Award was created by the Community Advocates, Inc., a non-profit in the human relations field led by David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks, and chaired by Richard J. Riordan. Mantle, Olney and Morrison were selected for pursuing their careers in the tradition of Stout. Stout was a longtime KCBS anchor who passed away at the age of 62 in 1989.
“Los Angeles is fortunate to have three journalists who manage to shed light instead of heat in the fractious world of daily, broadcast journalism,” CAI said in a statement. “Warren Olney, Patt Morrison and Larry Mantle are the three pillars of local broadcast journalism who offer Angelenos the opportunity to hear and learn, in a dispassionate way and in depth, about the issues that truly affect our lives and our futures.”