Award Winning TV Anchor Araksya Karapetyan to Keynote Armenian Assembly Annual CA New Year’s Gathering

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) is pleased to announce that Emmy Award winning television anchor Araksya Karapetyan will be the keynoter at its annual New Year’s Gathering in Westlake Village, California on Sunday, January 19 starting at 2:00 pm.

Araksya Karapetyan has been reporting and anchoring at FOX 11 in Los Angeles for the past 7 1/2 years. She anchors the morning newscasts on FOX 11’s Good Day LA program.

A native of Armenia, Araksya moved to the United States from Gyumri when she was seven years old. Over the years, Araksya has volunteered her time and talents on behalf of the Armenian community of Greater Los Angeles. In September 2019, she emceed the welcoming ceremony of Republic of Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at Los Angeles City Hall and had an opportunity to interview the Prime Minster at an Armenia-focused business conference in Burbank.

In April 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized Araksya for her dedicated work within the Armenian American community. And Pan Armenian TV named Araksya “Television Personality of the Year” during its 2019 Armenian Influencer Awards.

Araksya Karapetyan began her television career as an intern at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KFI 640 AM Radio in Burbank, and Torrance CitiCABLE 3. Before coming back home to Los Angeles, Araksya worked in Idaho Falls, Idaho as a reporter, photographer, editor, writer, producer, and weekend anchor. She then moved to Portland, Oregon, where she spent two years there as a general assignment reporter, always leading the evening newscasts with the big investigative stories of the day. Araksya also had an opportunity to host a lifestyle show while in Portland, giving her a chance to showcase more of her personality.

“This year’s gathering will inform Assembly members and friends on our advocacy priorities and on developments in Armenia from esteemed broadcast journalist Araksya Karapetyan, who will share her insights with us. This event is a fun and informative way to start off the new year, and a wonderful opportunity to answer questions from SoCal-based Armenian Americans,” Assembly Western Region Director Mihran Toumajan stated.

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian and Executive Director Bryan Ardouny will be discussing the historic passage of the Armenian Genocide resolutions in the House and Senate, as well as the Assembly’s advocacy priorities for 2020.

Armenian Assembly members, activists, friends, and family are welcome to attend the gathering, with a requested contribution of $75 per person. Please RSVP by Friday, January 17. Tickets are available online at www.aaainc.org/events.

For more information, please contact Mihran Toumajan at (818) 817-1714 or mihran@aaainc.org.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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Administration Policy Needs to Reflect Reality of the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a U.S. State Department statement issued today regarding S.Res.150, the Armenian Genocide resolution, Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chairs Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian stated that “while it is evident that the Administration did not lobby against the House resolution nor sustain efforts against the Senate bill, the Administration’s policy needs to be de-personalized and reflect the reality of U.S.-Turkey relations.”

“From the 1951 U.S. filing before the International Court of Justice to President Ronald Reagan to the Chadwick-Healey publication of 37,000 pages in the U.S. archives which has been respected by all Americans, as well as the overwhelming passage of the genocide resolutions in the House and Senate, the Administration is well aware of the facts of the Armenian Genocide and its policy should reflect that reality,” Co-Chairs Barsamian and Krikorian added.

“Now is not the time to revert back to a failed policy that undermines U.S. credibility on human rights, but rather move forward and help stop future atrocities by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” the Co-Chairs concluded.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) also responded today expressing his disappointment in allowing “Turkey to have a veto on our own domestic decision” and stated “it’s time for this nation to recognize the truth.”

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.150, the Armenian Genocide resolution, spearheaded by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Senators Menendez and Cruz secured unanimous consent to adopt S.Res. 150 which squarely affirms the U.S. record on the Armenian Genocide, promotes genocide education, and combats denial.

On October 29, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted H.Res.296, the House version of the Armenian Genocide resolution, with a nearly unanimous vote of 405-11.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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