KCET'S SoCal Connected Covers the State of the Nation, State and City

Hour Long Specials Devoted to the State of the State and Mayoral Candidate Forum

Airing 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nightly

Los Angeles, CA - January 19, 2013 - The award-winning SoCal Connected gets political this week with a report on President Barack Obama's second official inauguration on Tuesday; an analysis of the State of the State; and a broadcast of the Los Angeles mayoral debate on Friday, moderated by KCET's own Val Zavala and sponsored  by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and Communities United for Smart Growth.

Viewers can also head online to view the full State of the State address streamed live on KCET's website at www.kcet.org/stateofthestate. An uncut version of the 90-minute Los Angeles mayoral debate will also be available on www.socalconnected.org 

MONDAY, January 21
In honor of MLK Day, this special edition will be divided into three separate discussions: demographics and politics, arts & entertainment, and "post-racial America."  Expert panelists focus on what the reelection of President Obama signifies in terms of the country's racial tolerance; the state of African American political power in light of the growing Latino population; the image of African Americans in the entertainment industry; and whether we are moving toward a post-racial society.

TUESDAY, January 22
Correspondent Brian Rooney recaps the events and significance of Barack Obama's official inauguration, followed by an interview between Val Zavala and USC Communications professor Tom Hollihan, who speaks about the politics and symbolism of inaugural traditions. 

WEDNESDAY, January 23
Homelessness continues to be a growing issue in Southern California, especially in the city of Los Angeles. SoCal Connected host Val Zavala speaks with TruthDig political correspondent and former Los Angeles Times city editor Bill Boyarsky about whether the Los Angeles mayoral candidates are addressing homelessness at all.

THURSDAY, January 24
In addition to airing the live telecast at 9 a.m. PST, SoCal Connected will provide a post-speech analysis of California Gov. Gerry Brown's address.  This one hour 'State of the State' special will air at 5:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. during SoCal Connected's regular evening time periods. A panel consisting of journalist, author, and radio-television personality Patt Morrison and political journalist Joe Mathews will discuss and debate the Governor's plan in light of California's pressing problems

KCET will also be streaming the full State of the State address live to its website at www.kcet.org/stateofthestate . Viewers can join the conversation on Twitter with the hash tag #kcetSOTS.

FRIDAY, January 25
In another one-hour special, SoCal Connected will air the Los Angeles mayoral debate, hosted by the League of Women Voters and moderated by KCET's own Val Zavala in an abridged format at 5:30 p.m. A full version will be available after the debate is completed at www.socalconnected.org. 

ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED
SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont Awards, 17 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, airs nightly at 5:30 p.m. with encores at 10:00 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.

SoCal Connected is 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 and Dora Haynes Foundation; and The California Endowment.  

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 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 nightly 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.

CONTACT:
Ariel Carpenter or Ayn Allen
KCET Communications Department
747-201-5243; acarpenter@kcet.org
747-201-5886; aallen@kcet.org
or
Michelle Marron or Liza Nedelman
MPRM Communications
323-933-3399
mmarron@mprm.com
lnedelman@mprm.com

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