Santa Barbara Publisher Receives National Journalism Award | Company

Posted on October 6, 2022
| 8:20 am

Bonnie Carroll

Santa Barbara editor and reporter Bonnie Carroll received a 2022 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications at the October AWC National Conference in Kansas, Missouri.

Carroll was honored along with some 50 other national winners, including International Matrix winner Tara Gatewood and International Crystal Award winner Wolters Kluter. The awards are judged by a panel of seven AWC judges from across the country.

Carroll’s Life Bites News’ work as the editor of a non-profit online newspaper or newsletter “Successful Aging” won a 2022 Clarion Award presented to her by Anita K. Parran, National President of the AWC.

“It’s such an honor to have this outstanding jury see my work and honor me with a Clarion Award. I’m incredibly grateful,” Carroll said.

In 2019, Carolyn Jabs, former president of AWC Santa Barbara, presented Carroll, publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News, with the Member of the Year award at the group’s December holiday celebration.

“Bonnie is an exceptional communicator who spontaneously uses her skills on behalf of our organization,” Jabs said. “A consummate professional, she leverages new technologies to tell the stories of the places and people that capture her attention.”

Under the banner of his award-winning monthly online lifestyle magazine, Carroll also produced his own radio show. She contributes to national and international travel and lifestyle publications, as well as local publications, including Food & Beverage International Magazine, Santa Barbara Daily Sound, Food & Home Magazine, SB Seasons Magazine, and, as well as making radio/TV appearances.

Carroll often serves as a judge at prestigious food festivals and was the coordinator of the first Basil Festival in Malibu, the St. Pat’s Parade and the original Coffee Festival in Beverly Hills.

As an appointed member of the LAOOC Public Relations Commission and owner of BCPR, a public relations boutique, she was selected to co-manage press operations for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee at Pepperdine University. and traveled with the gold medalists on a historic tour. after the Olympics.

Carroll has produced award-winning events for groups in Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles, and has served on the board of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, chairing the Malibu Ambassadors Group. She promotes restaurants and chefs and helps local organizations meet their advertising needs, including the Santa Barbara/Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee.

As a photojournalist, Carroll has published accounts of her travel adventures around the world and hopes to take a cruise to Antarctica, as well as a hot air balloon ride over Turkey. Her first children’s book was published in 2002.

Carroll works and lives in Santa Barbara, is a mother of four, grandmother of three, and great-grandmother of two, many of whom have collaborated with her over the years or inspired her past and current projects and travels. .

The Association for Women in Communications gives women the support and tools to elevate their careers and become agents of change in the industry. For more information on Santa Barbara membership, visit

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