Claudia Puig is a nationally recognized film journalist. She is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and has been a film critic on National Public Radio’s Film Week, on KPCC, since 2005. She was the lead critic at USA Today for 15 years, and host of the USA Today video series The Screening Room. Her print reviews are currently featured in the online entertainment news site The Wrap. She has been a featured guest on KCRW, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and on Mitch Albom’s syndicated radio show. In 2015 she was the consulting program director for the Napa Valley Film Festival and in 2016 a diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is also a regular moderator for film-related panels and Q & As, writes freelance articles and reviews and has a consulting business specializing in film analysis, curating, programming, and diversity issues. Claudia began her 30-year journalism career in 1986 at the Los Angeles Times where she covered crime, courts, radio, film and Spanish language media. In 1997 she became an entertainment reporter at USA Today, then promoted to film critic in 2001 and lead film critic in 2005. She also reviewed books during her tenure at USA Today. Claudia has covered the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals and has been a juror at dozens of film festivals around the world from Ashland to Zurich. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian and studied at Cambridge University and also at Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. Claudia has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communications from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
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