by Wally Sarkeesian,
Three-time Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award-winning journalist Peter Musurlian does it all: produces, shoots, reports, writes, narrates, and edits his own short-form and long-form stories, videos, and documentaries.
Buttressed by a USC J-School bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, nine months of [post-Bosnian War] U.S. Army overseas reporting experience, and over 30 years of plying-his-trade in more than 20 states & 17 countries, Musurlian has garnered [since 2002] 10 Los Angeles Area Emmy® nominations, as well as 24 Golden Mikes, awarded by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. (rtna.org).
Musurlian has also been nominated 10 times, for his documentary work, by the Los Angeles Press Club, which recognizes journalistic excellence in the second largest media market in the USA. (lapressclub.org).
Most recently Musurlian won his third Los Angeles Area Emmy on July 27, 2019, at the Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.
His 52-minute documentary, Holocaust Soliloquy, ran on Los Angeles PBS station KLCS in May 2018, winning the Emmy in the Independent Programming Category.
Earlier this year, Musurlian, who shot, wrote, and edited the entire film, won a First Place Los Angeles Press Club Award for Best Videography, beating out two entries from the powerhouse KCET team.
Musurlian won his first Emmy in 2012, for a 30-minute (solo) documentary, Burbank’s African Sister City, which he shot, wrote, narrated, and edited. In 2016, Musurlian, and a team from The Burbank Channel, won Emmys for their various roles in the production of the Mayor’s State-of-the-City video.
Musurlian, who grew up in Torrance and received his bachelor’s degree from USC, and master’s degrees from Baylor University, American University, and the University of Redlands, has had 10 Emmy nominations since 2002 and has garnered 24 Golden Mikes from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.
Growing up, Musurlian attended St. James Armenian Church. In 1983, he interned at ABC News in Washington, DC, as part of the Armenian Assembly Intern Program. And, for several years this decade, he sat on the Board of Directors of the Armenian National Committee, Western Region.
Among more than 20 Armenian-themed projects Musurlian has produced over the last 20 years are: The Long Journey from the NFL to Armenia (2006), Historic Armenia (2015), and The 100-Year-Old Survivor (2015), which all ran on KLCS in Los Angeles. You can see them all at: www.globalistfilms.com.
Among certain members of the Armenian Community, Musurlian is perhaps best known for his hard-hitting coverage of Members of Congress Jean Schmidt of Ohio, Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who all, to varying degrees, exhibited hostility toward Armenians and/or Armenian issues.
A former congressional aide, Musurlian has worked at television stations in Montana, Texas, Burbank, and Washington, DC. He also served for eight months as a U.S Army broadcast journalist in Central Europe in the late 1990s, where he met his Hungarian wife, Szilvia. They couple just moved to Falls Church, Virginia, where they only child, June, will begin high school in September.