The Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles is proud to announce the election of Lou Gabrielle, Karen Quincy Loberg, Nancy Newman, and Jim Ober to the board. Jason Wittman will serve as an alternate board member.
Louis Gabriele has more than 35 years of film and television news experience in the news industry. Thirty-three of those years have been with NBC News. During his career he was awarded several times for his work in news and documentaries. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as the UCLA Alumni Association. Gabriele has also been representing NABET-CWA members in many capacities.
For the past 14 years and 9 months, I’ve been in love with my job as a staff photographer at the Ventura County Star. I’ve been shooting since my father told me never to touch his camera. I was about four years old at the time. Doors have opened for me since that include a BFA in film from Art Center College of Design, freelance work with LIFE magazine and being exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography. I’m just getting my groove on now, there’s a lot more to come. I would consider it an honor to be elected onto the board and delighted to add my energy and creativity into the PPAGLA. I’d like to not only contribute to the education of college student members but also see if we can offer a program for high school students, even grade school children, helping to create a better understanding of what it is that we do, its importance and how they can grow their skills as good young photojournalists.
Nancy Newman is currently serving on the PPAGLA Board of Directors. She has served from 2012-2014, 2004-2007, and 1991-1997. She is a Past- President, and has also served 2 years as Vice-President. After the Princess Diana tragedy, Nancy initiated, and created a team to create the organizations Code of Ethics, a document which she wrote, and which still stands today. She has overseen Dodger Night, the Annual Awards Banquet, and also co-chaired the PPAGLA "The New World of Media" conference for our members. Nancy was a staff photographer for the Pasadena Star-News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. She has run her own photography business, Nancy Newman Photography for the last 17 years, serving major clients and corporations nationwide. In addition to her work with PPAGLA, Nancy mentors students pursuing photojournalism, and looks forward to the opportunity to continue giving back to PPAGLA, and to a profession which she says has given her so much.
Jim Ober is currently on the board of Directors, and served as President in 1984, He has been continuosly involved with the the PPAGLA since he joined in 1971 and served as Treasurer in 1972, He was the editor of Just One More for many years, and is currently the Ad Chairman for Just One More. He is a 1964 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and Pepperdine College, and learned the newspqper business there and during his four years of high school in the Scholastic Sports Assn which was part of the Los Angeles Examiner. In 1968, while still in college, he went to work for the LA Herald Examiner until 1979 when he started his own business, Trackside Photo, which specializes in off-road racing photography. He also was a principal in a p.r./ad agency, Dietrich, Ober & Rettie, Inc., whose clients included BFGoodrich and Cosworth Racing Engines. He continues his work photo work running Trackside Photo and his hobby is working on his vintage Studebakers.