KCET's Local Heroes Awards Cultural Diversity Celebration Airs on Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.

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Burbank, Calif. - Nov. 18, 2013 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, will broadcast its annual Local Heroes Awards Cultural Diversity Celebration on Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.  KCETLink, in collaboration with Union Bank, N.A., celebrates diversity all year long by recognizing remarkable individuals in our community.  The Local Heroes initiative culminates with this spectacular event.


Hosted by actress Tempestt Bledsoe, this year's 90-minute program celebrates the extraordinary contributions of 12 outstanding community leaders, with exciting performances by Grammy®-award winning band, Quetzal, New Directions Veterans Choir and Taiko Center of Los Angeles. The inspirational program was taped during the live event at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in October.


The program repeats on the followings days:

Thanksgiving Day, 8 p.m.

Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 30, 8 p.m.

Dec. 1, 4 p.m.


The 2013 Local Heroes Award honorees include:

Black History Month


Angeles Echols-Brown, Founder, Education Young Minds


Dr. Richard Allen Williams, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine and President and CEO, Minority Health Institute, Inc.


Women's History Month


Gail Farber, Director, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works


Belinda Smith Walker, Founding Board Member, New Village Charter School


Jewish American Heritage Month


Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Co-founder/President, Jewish World Watch


Harry Corre, Patient Advocate/Veterans Service Officer, West LA Veterans Administration Medical Center


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Madame Sosei Matsumoto, Japanese Chado Tea Ceremony Master, Urasenke School of Chado


Nobuko Miyamoto, Artistic Director and Founder, Great Leap


LGBT Pride Month


Thomas T. Carpenter, Esq.

Former Co-chair, OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network


Kalil Cohen

Founder, Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival


Hispanic Heritage Month


Father Richard Estrada, Founder and President of the Board of Directors, Jovenes, Inc.


Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project


For more information on the honorees or to watch their inspiring video profiles, please visit www.kcet.org/localheroes.





On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. 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 48-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. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink. 





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