CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network’s chief medical correspondent, will receive the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2021 Presidents Awardee for Impact on Media, it was announced Tuesday.

“During the pandemic, it was crucial that journalists provide information that would help the public understand the crisis,” said Press Club President Lisa Richwine. “Audiences turned to Dr. Gupta for his expertise and ability to explain the science behind a complex and rapidly evolving story that touched every corner of the world.”

Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, has been with CNN since 2001. He reports on health and medical news for all of the cable network’s shows domestically and internationally, and regularly contributes to CNN.com.

On March 9, 2020, Gupta wrote an op-ed announcing the network would refer to the novel coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic, ahead of both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The President’s Award is scheduled to be presented at the 63rd SoCal Journalism Awards Gala on Oct. 16 at the Biltmore Millennium hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

In addition to honoring Gupta, Sean Penn and Ann Lee from CORE will receive the club’s Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life.

Other honors presented on the evening will include a special First Amendment Award, the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.

The gala will be dedicated to the memory of Ruth Pearl, the mother of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, and Buster Sussman, a member of the LA Press Club since 1948 and a former LAPC director.

According to the Los Angeles Press Club, all recommended county guidelines and protocols will be followed, and the LAPC will require proof of vaccination or, in some cases, a negative Covid test.

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