03.28.08

Beverly White Named a "Woman of the Year" in the 29th Congressional District

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Friday, March 28, 2008 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Beverly White Named a “Woman of the Year” in the 29th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. – Today at a reception in Pasadena, Representative Adam Schiff honored Beverly White for her commitment and service to Altadena by naming her a “Woman of the Year.” 

“As an icon of local journalism and a selfless volunteer, Beverly’s dedication and hard work on behalf of our community is invaluable,” said Schiff. “Beverly is a true role model for women and men everywhere.”  

Ms. White is well-known in Southern California for her current role as the co-anchor of the “Today in L.A.” weekend edition and as a long-time reporter on the popular 11pm Channel 4 News.  She focuses in particular on the live coverage necessitated by local natural disasters such as regional wildfires and the Northridge earthquake.

With a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. White first set out on her multi-state career at KCEN-TV (NBC) in Temple/Waco and KENS-TV (CBS) in San Antonio. In the late 80’s, she moved to Cincinnati and became the anchor of the top-rated morning newscast. There Ms. White reported on the tumultuous saga of Pete Rose, as well as on the 1988 Democratic and Republican presidential conventions.

As a reporter for WTVJ in Miami, Ms. White covered several stories on international affairs concerning Haiti and Cuba, the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, and the rap group 2 Live Crew’s struggle with First Amendment rights. Exemplifying her specialty in live coverage, she was on the team that won a 1992 Peabody Award for their outstanding coverage of Hurricane Andrew.

Southern Californians encounter Ms. White in the field in other ways as well. She is a past president of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California and is a member of the national affiliate, the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition to her professional leadership roles, Ms. White supports community causes by hosting myriad annual awards functions, from YWCA’s “Women of Excellence” event to Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Service’s luncheon.

Every March, during Women’s History Month, Rep. Schiff honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District.  These women come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region.  While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life for our community.

Rep. Schiff represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.