National Entertainment Journalism Award Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Press Club announced the finalists for its 2011 National Entertainment Journalism Awards today. Lots of familiar names. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, Bloomberg News‘ Ronald Grover, Radar’s Dylan Howard, KABC-TV’s George Pennacchio, NBC-4’s Tara Wallis-Finestone and Stephen Leigh Morris of the LA Weekly are all finalists for journalist of the year honors.

The awards will be held November 17 at the Biltmore Hotel–where none other than Hugh Hefner will be there to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Full list of finalists after the jump.

Journalist of the year – all platforms
*Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood
*Ronald Grover, Bloomberg News
*Dylan Howard, Radar Online
*Stephen Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
*George Pennacchio, KABC-TV
*Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBC4

News, Print
*Barbara Gasser, Kleine Zeitung, “Life is not Sticky and Sweet”
*Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times, “For Vegas, Luck be a Lady”
*Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times, “Movie in Talks to Save Nursing Home”

Personality Profile, Print
*Alex Ben Block, The Hollywood Reporter, “Brittany Murphy‟s Final Days”
*Leslie Bruce, The Hollywood Reporter, “The Split-Personality of Chelsea Handler”
* Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Michael White, Bloomberg Businessweek, “King of the World
*Karina Longworth, LA Weekly, “Elvira”
*Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, “Pee Wee‟s Big Comeback”
* Maggie Murphy, Dotson Rader, PARADE Magazine, “Michael Douglas”

Feature/Series, Print
*Leslie Bruce, The Hollywood Reporter, “Inside Kardashian Inc.”
*Dawn Chmielewski, Ben Fritz, John Horn, David Pierson and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times,
“China series”
*Rich Cohen, Playboy Magazine, “The Spasm Band”
* John Horn and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times, “Oscar Grind”
*Gustavo Turner, LA Weekly, “Insane Clown Posse”

Feature Under 1,000 words, Print
* Andy Fixmer, Bloomberg Businessweek, “Universal Casts Its Vote on American Idol”
* Ronald Grover, Bloomberg Businessweek, “Netflix Lust for „True Blood‟ Unrequited by HBO Plans”
* Karina Longworth, LA Weekly, “Wanda Restoration”
*Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times, “On Location”
* Lisa Wolf, Antelope Valley Press, “Critters of the Cinema”

Critic, Print
* Karina Longworth, LA Weekly, “Film”
* Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, “TV Criticism”
*Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, “Theater”
*Lavender Vroman, Antelope Valley Press, “Film Reviews”

Columnist, Print
* Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly
* Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
* Ruben V. Nepales, Philippine Daily Inquirer
*James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
*Gustavo Turner, LA Weekly

Entertainment Publication
*Antelope Valley Press
*LA Weekly
*The Hollywood Reporter

TV News
*George Pennacchio, Cheryl Diano, KABC-TV, “Goodbye, Columbo”
*Robert Kovacik, Jeffrey Scharping, NBC4, “Hef Saves the Hollywood Sign”
*Dylan Howard,; “Charlie Sheen Uncensored”
*Dylan Howard and The Team, “Oksana Grigorieva Breaks her Silence”

TV Feature
*Chuck Henry and Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBC4, “Forgotten Footprints”
* Carol Masser, et al, Bloomberg TV, “Wall Street: Hollywood Returns”
*Mike O’Sullivan,Voice of America, “Making an Album – The Way it Used to be Done”
*George Pennacchio, KABC, “The True Kim Darby, Grit and All”
* Manny dela Rosa, KMIR6/NBC, ”Palm springs — playground of the stars”

Radio News
* Alex Cohen, KPCC, “Porn Industry”
* Barbara Gasser, Kronehit, “Hollywood Celebrities Donate to Japan‟s Victims”
*Sanden Totten, KPCC, “China Hollywood”
* Sanden Totten, KPCC, “Video Gaming Hiring”
*Carole Zimmer, Bloomberg News, “New Economics of Hollywood”

Radio Personality Profile
* Alex Cohen, KPCC, “Howard Bragman – Gay Guru”
* Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC, “East LA musician Ruben Guevara”
*Larry Mantle, KPCC, “Airtalk: Dick Van Dyke”
*Larry Mantle, KPCC, “Oliver Stone Goes South of the Border”
*Patt Morrison, KPCC, “Betty White”

Radio Feature
*Linda Bell and Donna Wilson, Bloomberg, “Bloomberg Music Makers: The Business of Music: 2011”
*John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer, WCBE, “It‟s Movie Time‟s 2010 Year in Review”
*Brian Lauritzen and Gail Eichenthal, Classical KUSC, “LA Phil in Europe”
*Cason Smith, KSAK, “Renaissance Faire Opens”
*Carole Zimmer, Bloomberg, “Spiderman Takes a Dive”