What a night it was. On April 21, over 300 people gathered at Seventh/Place in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate excellence in social impact journalism and media.
Emcee Gustavo Arellano set the tone with his trademark irreverent humor, and was followed by an all-star cast of honorees. Capital & Main founding editor Steven Mikulan was feted by former colleagues Erin Aubry Kaplan and Harold Meyerson for his indelible contributions to L.A. journalism, while Grist’s Yvette Cabrera, who received her award from former LA Times editor Ed Boyer, spoke powerfully about the roots of her commitment to mission-driven journalism. Melissa Harris-Perry, host of WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” accepted her award from filmmaker and author Nathan Hale Williams, offering an eloquent ode to crusading media in videotaped remarks.
The climax of the evening was Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay, director of the hit movie “Don’t Look Up,” whose award was presented by JPL/NASA scientist Peter Kalmus. In recognition of his contributions, Capital & Main announced the inaugural Adam McKay Social Impact Media Award. McKay, in rousing remarks, made the case for journalists to seize the moment and sound the alarm about the climate crisis. He then proceeded to lead a fundraising drive, which culminated with his own pledge of $50,000 to help Capital & Main expand its innovative state-based climate coverage to Texas.
The Exposes raised over $200,000 to support Capital & Main’s award-winning reporting on inequality and climate change. As founder and publisher Danny Feingold said, “The hurdles we face are daunting but the opportunity — and the responsibility — that journalists have is unprecedented.”
Capital & Main is very grateful to all of our generous donors for their support.