Lupo to be honored with 2nd Annual Hector San Miguel Award

The following is a news release from the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund will honor retired American Press legal reporter Vincent Lupo at a luncheon to be held Thursday, December 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the L'Auberge Casino Resort Ballroom. Nationally known political analyst Charlie Cook will deliver the keynote address.

An award-winning reporter for the American Press from 1972-2011, Lupo covered Southwest Louisiana courthouse news. The award that will be presented to him is named for his former colleague at the Press, Hector San Miguel, who left an indelible mark on our community through an award-winning journalism career driven by his relentless pursuit of the truth.

The Memorial Fund in Hector's memory recognizes others for their outstanding achievement in journalism. In partnership with the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, the goal is to give an annual award stipend for a recipient selected by the fund's advisory board. The Community Foundation, the host of the December 1 luncheon, is a nonprofit organization that assists donors and philanthropists with their charitable giving and holds the fund in a field of interest endowment.

L'Auberge Casino Resort is the Presenting Sponsor of the luncheon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins promptly at Noon. Luncheon reservations, available for $20 or $160 for a reserved table of eight, must be made in advance and purchased by check or cash. Contact the Community Foundation at (337) 491-6688 or for further information. Reservations must be made by Friday, November 25th at 5:00 p.m. The luncheon will honor Lupo, the second annual Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund award recipient, with a commemorative plaque and a cash stipend.

Political analyst Charlie Cook will deliver the event's keynote speech. Cook, a native of Shreveport, is publisher of The Cook Political Report, and serves as a political analyst for NBC News and the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and Congress Daily AM, in addition to being a regular columnist for the Washington Quarterly.

Cook has garnered impressive accolades. The New York Times called him, "one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and noted that The Cook Political Report is "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative."  Bob Schieffer of CBS News called The Cook Political Report "the bible of the political community."  The Wall Street Journal's Al Hunt referred to Cook as "the Picasso of election analysis." David Broder of The Washington Post wrote that Charlie Cook is "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races."

Cook, a member of the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame, serves on the Board of Visitors of the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU.

Hector lost his battle with leukemia in December 2009 at the age of 51. He is remembered as a passionate journalist, faithful friend and dedicated husband and father. Through hard-hitting investigative pieces, Hector earned numerous state and regional awards and the position of City Editor at the American Press. Hector's wife Theresa, an award winning journalist at KPLC-TV, and family members will be on hand.

Anyone wishing to donate to the award fund may do so by contacting the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana ( ) at (337) 491-6688 or; all donations are tax deductible.

Working media covering the event are asked to RSVP to the Community Foundation at (337) 491-6688 or