Mayor Antonovich and Dennis Anderson, Editor Antelope Valley Press
Mayor Antonovich recognized Dennis Anderson, Editor of the Antelope Valley Press for his 45-year career in journalism. Dennis began his career after serving in the United States Army’s 8th Infantry Division During the Vietnam War and was an Armor Calvary Paratrooper in the Cold War on the East German Border.
His first editor position was with the “Pierce College Roundup” when he served on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. He also worked for the “Valley News and Green Sheet,” now the Daily News, which was owned by the Markham family who also owned the Antelope Valley Press.
Some of his most notable stories include covering the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 while working for the United Press International in Washington D.C. and the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial in 1982. Locally he has covered the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Rodney King trial, and O.J. Simpson trial.
In 2004, he was named “Journalist of The Year” by the American Press Institute and Suburban Newspapers of America for his on-the-ground coverage during the Iraq war while embedded with the California National Guard.