Jane Velez-Mitchell is a television journalist and author. She has been on the forefront of many headline news stories for decades. In early 1990, Jane Velez-Mitchell was a co-anchor on the debut of an industry-first prime time three-hour news broadcast on KCAL-TV, a local Los Angeles TV station. She was paired with Los Angeles broadcasting legend, Jerry Dunphy. The format exists to this day. She would also make anchor appearances on
KCAL-TV sister station KCBS-TV.
Other hosting duties included talk radio KABC (AM), Los Angeles.
She also has dedicated her time and resources to various charitable and humane causes. She is well known for her animal rights advocacy and
is a vegan and an environmentalist.
In July 2009, Farm Animal Rights Movement awarded Velez-Mitchell the Celebrity Animal Activist Award at the Animal Rights 2009 National Conference held in Los Angeles, California. While working at Celebrity Justice, Velez-Mitchell’s reporting on animal cruelty earned
that show two Genesis Awards
from the Humane Society of the United States. She earned
an additional Genesis Award for her show "Issues" in 2010.
PETA awarded her their "Movers and Shakers Award" in 2012.
In January 2010, she was awarded the Ruby Award by Soroptimist International for her "War on Women" coverage on her television show.
Jayde Nicole is a vegan, environmentalist and animal activist. She created EDL Foundation in 2013 but her love of all animals has been with her for her entire life. At the age of five she informed her mother in a way only a five year old can do, that she would no longer be eating meat, and so began her path to help as many animals as she could. Her move from small-town Port Perry, Ontario to Los Angeles, California, which is overwhelmed with dog shelters, helped to focus her efforts towards helping dogs. EDL seeks to educate people on animal adoption as well as save those abandoned and neglected pets that need medical care, food and a comfortable
home while they wait to find
their permanent families.
David Carter, a UCLA grad drafted into the NFL in 2011 by the Arizona Cardinals. Looking for answers to heal his injuries, David watched “Forks Over Knives.” Then surprised his vegan wife on Valentines Day with the promise to switch to a compassionate lifestyle. David is now known asThe 300 Pound Vegan and is an international public speaker, diversity and community expansion specialist for the non-profit organizationVegan Outreach, and an animal rights activist.
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Known for his unique sound and versatility, this Florida native is quickly making a name for himself. Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Grey is nothing less than refreshing when it comes to making music. His ability to reach the audience and paint a vivid picture through lyrics and soulful melodies is truly a gift.
Anji Bee and Ryan Lum, creators of
and Healthy Happy Vegan!
They've been on The Doctors TV show and the BBC representing all that is good about keeping it carbed! Happy Healthy Vegan is a vegan lifestyleYouTubechannel promoting a plant based high carb diet for better health, weight loss & overall fitness.
Ron Russell is co-owner/chef of the famous SunCafe Organic raw & cooked plant-food restaurant in Studio City-Hollywood. Suncafe has received 18 culinary awards including being named 1 of the Top 10 Restaurants in Los Angeles County twice by OpenTable as well as 1 of the Top Vegan Restaurants in the nation. Ron works with famous cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish at UCLA Medical Center--Suncafe is the restaurant in Los Angeles Dr. Ornish sends his patients to.
Suncafe was honored as the Most Sustainable Restaurant in Los Angeles by the Sustainable Business Council of L.A.
Ron has taught more than 250 weekly plant-based and raw food cooking classes featuring his own unique world fusion cuisine, in a 15-minute gourmet recipe format. Thousands have taken his classes and he has been featured on a dozen TV shows including ABC News, KTLA, Fox, in addition to the NY Times. For more than 40 years, Ron has lived and advocated a healthy, whole foods, unprocessed, vegan lifestyle for optimum health. Ron earned a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Dr. T. Colin Campbell Center from Cornell University.
A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, John found a love for basketball at an early age. He accepted a Basketball Scholarship to Georgia Tech to play for legendary head coach Bobby Cremins. From there Salley went on to become a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams.
After his retirement from the NBA in 2000, Salley explored several opportunities in both television and film. John has served as host for numerous award shows and recently hosted the Reunion Shows of VH-1’s #1 rated show, Basketball Wives. John is also the head of his own production company.
John is actively involved with Operation Smile, PETA and the fight against Diabetes. In addition, John is involved with PCRM and visited Washington in Nov ’09 and May ’10, speaking to Congress about the Child Nutrition Act, asking Members to support legislation that would increase vegetarian options in meals served in public schools.
John has adopted a plant based (raw vegan) lifestyle, and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle though better eating habits. With a passion for real food, wine and spirits, John has contributed articles to Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential.
Ryan and Anji Lum have been creating vegan focused content as Happy Healthy Vegan since 2013, with a current viewership of over 130 thousand on YouTube, 57 thousand on Instagram, and 20 thousand on Facebook. This Long Beach based duo have created 700+ videos covering a wide range of topics including plant based news, health and fitness tips, product and restaurant reviews, recipe demos, and vlogs. Anji released her debut vegan cookbook, Keep It Carbed, Baby!, in 2016.
Chef Roberto Martin of eLOVate Vegan Kitchen Santa Monica. Previously Chef to the
Ellen DeGeneres household, Chef Martin has subsequently appeared numerous times on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and The Today Show. His First cookbook Vegan Cooking For Carnivores was a New York Times bestseller and his follow-up: Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking released this spring and was an instant hit with fans and critics alike!
Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon, where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at the age of 15. Today he is a best-selling author of the books Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness and Shred It! - Your Step-by-Step Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet.
As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews Magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours all over North America, giving talks about his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder.
Robert works full-time running Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, which includes writing books, touring, speaking, and maintaining the popular website, VeganBodybuilding.com. He is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, a freelance writer, entrepreneur, and multi-sport athlete.
For more information about Robert, please visit www.veganbodybuilding.com
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