“Claudia understands the importance of LGBTQ representation, not just in the composition of the newsroom, but also in the stories we’re putting out,” said NLGJA president Sharif Durhams. “From one-off features of out entertainers to an entire special issue surrounding marriage equality, as editor-in-chief of Variety, Claudia has taken the publication’s inclusive reporting to the next level.”
With past recipients including Malkin, People Magazine’s editor-in-chief Henry Goldblatt, and The Advocate Magazine’s editor-at-large Diane Anderson-Minshall, the Lisa Ben Award recognizes journalists spearheading engaging and in-depth LGBTQ reporting.
Eller hails from the Los Angeles Times, where she spent 20 years reporting on the entertainment industry before coming to Variety as co-editor-in-chief alongside Andrew Wallenstein. Before returning as an editor, Eller worked as film reporter for Variety from 1989 to 1993 and has been a recipient of several journalism awards throughout her career. As a leading voice in the entertainment publishing industry, she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Gerald Loeb Award.
“Since joining the Variety family, I’ve seen firsthand how Claudia champions inclusion in the newsroom,” said Malkin. “As a longtime member of NLGJA, I am thrilled to recognize Claudia’s decades-long commitment to diverse and inclusive storytelling.”
Chaired by NLGJA board director Senta Scarborough, L.A Exclusive will take place at the L.A LGBT Center’s The Village from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m on May 31. Event tickets are available online at www.nlgja.org.