KCET Launches New Online Video Series for 'SoCal Wanderer' Hosted by Correspondent Jacob Soboroff

Los Angeles, CA- July 18, 2011 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, has enhanced its popular SoCal Wanderer blog to include an ongoing series of video segments hosted by correspondent Jacob Soboroff.

SoCal Wanderer, dedicated to discovering outdoor adventures and activities in and around the greater Los Angeles area, debuted its inaugural video on the secret stairs of Los Angeles featuring Charles Fleming, author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to Historic Staircases of Los Angeles."

In the segment, Soboroff joins a monthly hiking group led by Fleming on a trek that winds up, down and around the stairs of Glassell Park. Soboroff, who has interviewed celebrities and public figures from Barack Obama to Woody Allen, contributes a fun and personable style to the various segments, making traversing SoCal insightful and amusing. The video installments will be posted monthly.

"California has a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities," said Zach Behren, Editor-in-Chief of Blogs at KCET. "We hope these videos will help residents and visitors become excited about trying something new."

The SoCal Wanderer blog, originally launched in April, features an array of outdoor tip-offs including discounted getaways, ideas for neighborhood recreation, and new additions to national parks and well-known trails.

The next episode will feature paddleboarding through the lens of the Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival that took place last month at the Santa Monica pier.


About KCET

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.

About SoCal Wanderer

SoCal Wanderer is a blog dedicated to discovering outdoor adventures and activities in and around Southern California, including a monthly video series hosted by Jacob Soboroff.

About Jacob Soboroff

Jacob Soboroff, a Los Angeles native, is the founding correspondent of "AMC News" on AMC, hosting specials and reporting from film festivals and other industry events for the award-winning network. In 2010, Jacob co-hosted the NBC series "School Pride" and executive produced and narrated the AMC original documentary "Committed," directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Morgan Spurlock. Jacob has contributed to NPR's "Weekend Edition," the PBS/Wired Magazine series "Wired Science," and serves as executive director of Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan group working to increase voter participation. He has been recognized with multiple Webby Award nominations, the Film Your Issue Award, and with a Los Angeles Press Club National Entertainment Journalist Award for best news story.

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