KCETLink Wins Three Golden Mike Awards for 'SoCal Connected'

Burbank, Calif. - Jan. 25, 2014 - KCETLink, the national independent public media organization, is pleased to announce that it has been honored with three Golden Mike Awards® by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA).


SoCal Connected, KCET's nightly news program, garnered three awards including Best Hard News Reporting, Best Government and Political Reporting and Best Medical and Science Reporting


Formally announced at the awards ceremony at the Universal Hilton in Universal City on Jan. 25, 2014, the Golden Mike Awards® recognize excellence in broadcast journalism.  Last year, SoCal Connected received four Golden Mikes.  


Below is a complete list of KCETLink's 2014 Golden Mike Award® wins, along with links to segments, descriptions and names of the individual winners in each category. SoCal Connected was led by executive producer Bret Marcus and co-executive producer Rebecca Haggerty.


Best Hard News Reporting

Family Ties

They are among the most powerful politicians in California, nicknamed "The Five Little Kings." They are L.A. County's five supervisors. Together, they control a budget and staff that impacts the lives of 10 million people. But does the board treat all Angelenos equally? There are some who say special treatment is doled out when the face is familiar.

Karen Foshay, Producer; Vince Gonzales, Reporter; Benjamin Gottlieb, Associate Producer; Jack Moody, Editor


Best Government and Political Reporting

Compton: Corruption, Incompetence or Just Business as Usual?

SoCal Connected spent three months looking at Compton, a city that has been plagued by street politics and accusations of scandal. The investigation found questionable expenditures, big loans and council members making up to $1,500 an hour.

Karen Foshay, Producer; Laurel Erickson, Reporter; Lata Pandya, Co-Producer

Steve Sung and Jack Moody, Editors


Best Medical and Science Reporting

Head Games

Professional football players know all about playing through the pain. It comes with the job. But what about college athletes, or high school students or 12-year-olds? Should a game put a child in danger? As ever younger players try to emulate the big guys, one injury is not only ending careers, but endangering lives.

Angela Shelley, Producer; John Ridley, Reporter; Alicia Clark, Associate Producer; Michael Bloecher, Editor


About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected is winner of the Peabody and two duPont-Columbia awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009. 


SoCal Connected was made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks-Brown Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; and the California Endowment.




On-air, online and in the community, KCETLink is a donor-supported independent public media organization distributed via satellite nationally on DirecTV and DISH and via broadcast in Southern and Central California. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.



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