Los Angeles, CA - May 5, 2011 - Al Jerome, President and CEO of KCET, has been named the 2011 recipient of "Distinguished Communicator of the Year" by the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton.
The Department of Communications Annual Scholarship & Awards Night will take place on Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, CA.
"KCET and Cal State Fullerton have established a close relationship over the years and I am truly honored to have been selected for this award," said Mr. Jerome.
"Al's leadership as president and chief executive officer of public television station KCET along with being the driving force behind public television's innovativeness and longevity warrant this award," said Anthony Fellow, department chair, College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton.
Previous honorees include Emmy-Award winning television reporter Stan Chambers, editor of The Orange County Register Ken Brusic and Associated Press journalist Linda Deutsch.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.