The American Society of Magazine Editors on Tuesday announced finalists for the Ellies, its annual awards for excellence. Los Angeles Magazine is a finalist in two categories, one of 26 multiple nominees.
Mike Kessler's September story, "What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?" is a finalist in the reporting category. Richardson, pictured above, was missing for more than a year after disappearing in Malibu. Kessler's story begins, "A recent college graduate, she was jailed briefly for trying to skip out on her dinner tab in Malibu, then freed in the middle of the night in a neighborhood far from home. She had no car, no ride, no phone, and no money. When she disappeared, it raised a flurry of questions about how the sheriff’s department handled her case. The discovery of her body a year later only raised more." FULL STORY