Tournament of Roses President Alex Aghajanian Joins Friday’s Episode of ‘Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman’


Pasadena Media’s award-nominated local TV talk show, “Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman,” formerly known as the award-winning “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman,” continues this Friday at 5 p.m. PT on Pasadena Media’s cable TV channels and streaming apps. The episode will feature a review of the month’s top stories in Pasadena, a history segment and a discussion with Alex Aghajanian, this year’s president of the Tournament of Roses Association.


Aghajanian will provide leadership for the 135th Rose Parade presented by Honda and the 110th Rose Bowl Game on Monday, January 1. Throughout his extensive Tournament of Roses career, which began in 1989, he has served on and chaired various committees including Budget and Finance, Communications and Credentials, Formation, Music, Parade Policy and Queen and Court. He was appointed a Committee Chair in 2006, a Tournament Board of Directors member in 2009 and elected to the Executive Committee in 2015.


Professionally, Aghajanian is an attorney with the Law Offices of Alex P. Aghajanian in Pasadena. Named by his peers a Top Attorney in Pasadena in 2010 and 2014, he was also recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Lawyer from 2000-2022. In 2010, Aghajanian and his wife, Paula, founded Dream With Me Foundation where he serves as president and a member of the Board of Directors. The nonprofit organization provides students and non-professional musicians of all ages, accessibility to vocal and instrumental performance, education, and training through scholarships and grants.


“Pasadena Monthly” airs at 5 p.m. PT on the fourth Friday of every month (fifth Friday this month) on Pasadena Media’s Arroyo Channel and streaming apps, available on channel 99 on AT&T U-verse, channel 32 on Charter Spectrum, YouTube, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. The show is written, hosted and produced by Chapman, directed and edited by Jeffrey Stanfill and executive produced by George Falardeau, CEO and executive director of Pasadena Media.


“This is must-watch television each month for everyone who cares about this city,” Falardeau said.


Earlier this year, Chapman won two 1st place journalism awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, as well as a 3rd place award and two finalist positions. He has won a total of 10 awards from the LA Press Club in recent years, including three 1st place awards. Last year, the previous iteration of the show, “NewsRap Local,” won a 2nd place award in News Programming at the Alliance for Community Media West’s WAVE video awards.


Guests on “Pasadena Monthly” and “NewsRap Local” have included Congress member Judy Chu (D-27); Congress member Adam Schiff (D-28); Assembly member Chris Holden (D-41); Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo; Pasadena city manager Miguel Márquez; LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; JPL director Dr. Laurie Leshin; and many others.


Chapman was the youngest elected official in LA County when he served on the Altadena Town Council at age 19. He has served on a number of local boards and wrote hundreds of articles for two dozen print and digital publications, including KPCC/LAistAlta JournalHuffington PostLA Weekly, Irish PostBerkeley Political ReviewPasadena Weekly, Pasadena Star-NewsPasadena Now and many others. He currently serves as the District 6 Council Liaison/Field Representative to Pasadena Vice Mayor Steve Madison.


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