President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association/Film Week Critic, KPCC

Moderator

Claudia Puig is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a nationally recognized entertainment journalist. Currently a critic for NPR’s Film Week and contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, she was USA Today’s film critic for 18 years and host of The Screening Room video series. Prior to that she was a Los Angeles Times staff writer for 11 years. Claudia was a speechwriter for AMPAS and is currently program director for the Mendocino Film Festival. Much in demand as a moderator for entertainment industry Q&As, she has a consulting business specializing in film analysis and also teaches a college class on Diversity in the Media. A native Spanish speaker, Claudia studied at Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. She has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communications from USC’s Annenberg School. She recently won the Roger Ebert Award for Excellence in Film Criticism from the African-American Critics Association.

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