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Whether you're going after hard news or standing on the red carpet, you need to attend this seminar on reporting fundamentals led by Elizabeth Wagmeister, senior correspondent at Variety and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards "Online Journalist of the Year" nominee.

Topics include:

The importance of sources: getting them and keeping them | Tips on finding story ideas and new ways to tell stories | Reporting write-arounds | Reporting during a pandemic

Attendance is $20 for ASME NEXT members and $35 for nonmembers. Interested in joining ASME NEXT? Join today. 


Elizabeth Wagmeister is an award-winning multimedia entertainment journalist. She is senior correspondent at Variety, and former co-host of the nationally-syndicated newsmagazine "Page Six TV.” She was named onto Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2019, and is currently up for Journalist of the Year, being recognized by the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism.

Elizabeth’s versatile range of skills gives her the unique ability to pivot from intrepid reporter to relatable TV host. She balances many roles as a broadcaster, red carpet reporter, investigative and print journalist.

Elizabeth has established herself as a leading voice in entertainment news by breaking highly influential stories, including the bombshell Matt Lauer investigation, which dominated the global news cycle and resulted in swift impact. Elizabeth was the face of Variety’s Harvey Weinstein coverage with live reports every day from the New York City criminal courthouse for the duration of the historical two-month rape trial. Through her integrity, trustworthiness and professionalism, Elizabeth has the ability to put interview subjects at ease, which enabled her to land exclusive interviews with victims of Weinstein and R. Kelly. Elizabeth’s journalistic work is frequently recognized by the industry. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 media list in 2019, Elizabeth won the NAEJ award for best celebrity investigative piece in 2018. She has been nominated for multiple LA Press Club awards, including a nomination for her sit-down interview with Leah Remini about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology, and in 2019, Elizabeth was nominated for a Webby Award for Best News and Politics Video for her exclusive interview with an accuser of Tom Brokaw. For her coverage of the Weinstein trial, Elizabeth was recognized with Penske Media Company’s Journalistic Excellence Award in early 2020.

During her six years at Variety, Elizabeth has written numerous cover stories, including Variety’s wildly popular Power of Women issue and the Young Hollywood issue. Elizabeth has also been part of the team behind the Emmy-winning PBS series, "Variety's Actors on Actors.”

As one of three hosts of the nightly entertainment news series, "Page Six TV," Elizabeth served as the expert on the “business of show-business,” bringing credibility, reporting and journalistic skills to a celebrity gossip show. Elizabeth was recruited, without an agent, for “Page Six TV,” which was her first-ever audition. After more than a year of screen tests by Endemol Shine North America and Fox’s 20th Television, she was the only original talent individual from nationwide auditions who was ultimately hired to launch “Page Six TV,” which became Fox’s top-rated summer test run in 2016, before launching into national syndication for two seasons. After initially being cast as a panelist, Elizabeth was promoted to official co-host.

For the 2020 awards season, Elizabeth was asked to be part of ABC’s official Academy Awards coverage, joining “Good Morning America” for the nominations and ABC live from the red carpet pre-show.

Elizabeth began her broadcast career with frequent guest spots across national and local news, serving as an entertainment expert, representing the esteemed publications where she was on staff. In 2016, she landed a weekly segment on "Good Day LA,” and since, has been seen on “Good Morning America,” "The Talk," "Wendy Williams," "Access Hollywood," "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra," "Today," "CBS This Morning," “ABC Nightline,” Fox News, Fox Business, CNN and more. In 2019, when Wendy Williams took a highly-publicized hiatus from her daytime talk show, Elizabeth was asked to sit in as the first guest co-host.

She hosts, writes and produces digital videos for Variety.com with more than 20 million unique viewers per month, and regularly moderates live panels with major celebrities, producers, executives and newsmakers.

Known for asking smart and tough questions, Elizabeth is a staple on the New York red carpet scene and knows how to nab a newsworthy soundbite in high-pressure scenarios with limited time – not to mention, talent enjoys talking to her and seeks her out on the red carpet for an interview. Her red carpet coverage is among Variety’s most-viewed video content online, and her interviews often go viral on social media. She also covers major festivals from Sundance to SXSW, and is an award season expert from the Oscars to Emmys to Teen Choice Awards and VMA’s.

Prior to Variety, Elizabeth was the Senior Entertainment Editor at Bonnie Fuller’s HollywoodLife.com where, at 24-years-old, Fuller hand-picked her to run the site’s TV and film vertical for an audience of 35+ million unique visitors. Her YouTube videos amassed more than 30 million views during her eight months at the company, before she was recruited to move across the country for Variety.

Elizabeth started her career at TV Guide Magazine as the assistant to the editor-in-chief and rose the ranks as a writer and reporter. During her junior year of college, she was one of 25 students and the only representative from California selected for the prestigious Associated Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) internship program, before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with dual degrees in communication and multimedia writing. While she was a student at UCSB, Elizabeth held many internships, including working the assignment desk at Fox 11 KTTV. She launched her university’s HerCampus chapter, becoming one of the first 10 college journalists in the country to work for Her Campus Media, which is now in more than 340 universities in the United States. Elizabeth was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and has resided in both L.A. and NYC. 

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