Emmy Awards (Los Angeles Area)

Best Arts Programming Emmy: "Borderlands," an hour-long 2016 Artbound episode aired on KCETLink. As co-producer, all the segments were based editorial content I assigned and developed as part of Artbound's online arts journalism platform. And I was a producer on the final segment with musician Rodrigo Amarante. I saw him in a small venue in L.A. and brought him by our studio to perform an intimate set.  

Best Entertainment Programming Emmy: "Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones," an hour-long 2015 Artbound episode aired on KCETLink. 

LA Press Club Awards

For writing:

First place, Industry/Arts Feature – Under 1,000 words: “Performance Artist Rafa Esparza is Fighting Invisibility, One Brick at a Time,” LA Press Club Entertainment Journalism Awards, 2017.

Judges’ comment: “'Performance Artist Rafa Esparza is Fighting Invisibility, One Brick at a Time'” by Drew Tewksbury is a gem of a compact portrait of the queer performance artist Rafa Esparza who uses both his body and unlikely materials like the mud of the L.A. River to make politically charged art that speaks about people and places too often ignored. Nicely portrayed."

For LA Weekly

During my tenure at managing editor of LA Weekly, we earned 22 nominations for the 2017 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, and 16 nominations for the 2017 SoCal Journalism Awards.

For Artbound at KCET:

First Place Feature Documentary (over 25 Minutes) “Without Borders/Sin Fronteras,” 57th SoCal Journalism Awards, 2015. 

Judges' comment: "Opening segment captures the viewers attention immediately and draws you into a very creatively shot interview."

First Place, Best Use of Social Media, Artbound, National Arts & Entertainment Awards 2014. 

Judges' Comments: “Fantastically updated Facebook and YouTube pages showing true dedication and an eye for the creative. Very well done and a joy to look at and explore.”

First place, Documentary or Special Program “Artbound: Date Farmers: Desert Detritus Becomes Chicano Pop Art.” LA Press Club National Journalism Awards, 2012. Based on my article for Artbound, which was our very first article published when we started the site. 

Judges' comments: “Brings to life politically charged Pop Art that expresses both individuality and the pride of cultural heritage. This piece is itself an artistic revelation with great interviews and beautiful videography and editing.” 

First Place, Entertainment News or Feature "Artbound: Date Farmers: Desert Detritus Becomes Chicano Pop Art.” LA Press Club's 55th SoCal Journalism Awards, 2013.

Judges' comments: "Well-edited, good use of music, mix of interviews and visuals to tell the story."

First Place Award for "Documentary or Special Program, Feature" for Season 2, Episode 2. LA Press Club, 6th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards, 2013

Judges' comments: “A beautiful tapestry of stories rich with insight into not only fascinating arts cultures but also the sweeping range of artistic processes that imagine them.”


"Best Entertainment Reporting" for Artbound Episode 1, 63rd Annual Golden Mike Awards, 2013.

"Best Internet News Reporting" for "Date Farmers: Desert Detritus Becomes Chicano Pop Art," 63rd Annual Golden Mike Awards, 2013.