El Vaq Writers Receive Scholarships From 8-Ball Foundation


SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Fernando Del Rio, board member from the 8-ball Welfare Foundation of the Los Angeles Press Club, presents scholarship awards to winners from the El Vaquero staff. Pictured from left to right Alexandra Duncan, Agnessa Kasumyan, Fernando Del Rio, Kendall Faulkner and Rikard Kohler.

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The Los Angeles Press Club’s 8-Ball Foundation honored four members of the El Vaquero staff with scholarships on Oct. 30. Foundation board member Fernando Del Rio, a retired producer, writer and broadcast personality for KCAL Channel 9 and KRTH radio, presented the awards to editor-in-chief Agnessa Kasumyan, entertainment editor Alexandra Duncan, sports editor Kendall Faulkner and staff writer Rikard Kohler.

Scholarships are awarded to college students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. The Press Club established the 8-Ball Foundation in 1956 to help out-of-work journalists and their families. The foundation was established after the original L.A. Daily News shut down, putting more than 100 reporters and writers out of work.  The organization continues to raise thousands of dollars every year for those in need.