Celebuzz Editor-In-Chief Wins Honors For Best News Report, Investigative Journalist of the Year at National Entertainment Journalism Awards

Celebuzz Editor in Chief Dylan Howard won three awards at the 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards, during a gala ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Howard was named investigative journalist of the year on all platforms for his report detailing how some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were involved in an underground high-stakes poker scene, where tens of millions of dollars changed hands.

The same report won Howard best print news report for his reporting in Star, where he previously served as Senior Executive Editor.

In bestowing the honor on Howard, the judges noted: “This sexy and troubling story of high-stakes poker by A-list stars was broken in the Star and RadarOnline by Dylan Howard, using sources inside the game as well as the FBI.”

Howard also won a top honor for his social media coverage of the Whitney Houston’s Feb. 2012 death.

This was the fifth National Entertainment Journalism Awards, coordinated by the The Los Angeles Press Club, to recognize the best in arts and entertainment reporting.

It was a star studded affair, with two-time Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda receiving the inaugural Visionary Award “for her tireless efforts to use her celebrity to improve the lives of others.”

She was introduced at the event by her friend and colleague Robert Redford and Newsroom star Jeff Daniels.

Other big names who attended the event to celebrate journalism’s finest were Lily Tomlin, Sam WaterstonMelanie Griffith and Kathy Griffin.

Heading into the ceremony, Howard led the field of any individual journalist with a total of six nominations. He was also a finalist in two other categories, including the coveted Entertainment Journalist of the Year, an award he previously won in 2011.

Howard was also a finalist in the Online News category, for Celebuzz’s April 2012 report that exposed the feud between Chevy Chase, star of the NBC comedy series Community and show creator Dan Harmon.