Claudia Puig has been a film critic on KPCC’s Film Week since 2005. She was lead critic at USA Today for 15 years, and hosted their video series The Screening Room. She has been a featured guest on KCRW, NBC, CBS and CNN and a juror at film festivals from Ashland to Zurich. In 2015 she was program director for the Napa Valley Film Festival and in 2016 a diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Claudia frequently hosts film panels and Q&As, including last year’s Zocalo Public Square and Smithsonian series “What it Means to be American,” moderating a lively conversation with Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez and producer Moctesuma Esparza. Claudia began her journalism career in 1986 at the LA Times where she covered crime, courts, Spanish language media, radio and film. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian and studied at Universidad Ibero-Americana and Cambridge University. She has a B.A. from UCLA and an M.A. from USC’s Annenberg School of Communications.