KCET's SoCal Connected Dominates Los Angeles Press Club Awards

KCET's SOCAL CONNECTED DOMINATES LOS ANGELES PRESS CLUB AWARDS 

Honors include the prestigious LA Press Club Public Service Award, Best Investigative TV Reporting and Best TV Talk-Public Affairs show for the third year in a row. 

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Los Angeles - June 25, 2012 - KCET won 17 awards, with 16 going to the hard-hitting investigative news series, SoCal Connected at the 54th Annual Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Awards Sunday night. The series won more awards than any other TV station -- including the prestigious LA Press Club Public Service Award for exposing lavish spending at the Housing Authority of Los Angeles, the billion-dollar agency that provides housing for LA's poor. 

The Los Angeles Press Club Awards honor high-caliber journalism in traditional and emerging media formats, with winners selected by press clubs around the country.  The Emmy® and Peabody-winning SoCal Connected also received awards for the best Talk-Public Affairs show for the third year in a row.  In all, the station received 7 first place awards, 6 second placements and 3 honorable mentions.

Executive Producer Bret Marcus said, "This is a clear case of the little engine that could. We are especially honored to win the Public Service Award for our investigative reporting at a time when budget cutbacks have taken a toll on in-depth journalism."

A complete list of KCET's SoCal Connected wins as well as links to segments is below.

 

LOS ANGELES PRESS CLUB PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

SoCal Connected: HACLA Investigation awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Laurel Erickson, Karen Foshay, Rocio Zamora, Lata Pandya, Miguel Contreras, Alberto Arce, Robert Vega, Val Zavala, Ashley Crary, Tom Tanquary, Dan Caston, Tom Drew, Dave Hernandez, Kenny Gioseffi, Brian Frank, Linda Burns and Peggy Holter.

 

TALK-PUBLIC AFFAIRS

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Ticket to Space" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Dina Demetrius, Vince Gonzales, Jennifer London, Brian Unger, Val Zavala, Lata Pandya, Debra Greene, Alberto Arce, Michael Bloecher, Kat Keeney and Ashley Crary. 

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "In the Shadow of 9-11" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Reza Aslan, Rebecca Haggerty, Saul Gonzalez, Judy Muller, Michael Okwu, Brian Rooney, Ashley Crary, Linda Burns, Jose Colomer, Rocio Zamora, Lata Pandya, Alberto Arce and Michael Bloecher. 

 

DOCUMENTARY

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "No Place to Call Home" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Angela Shelley, Yvette Cabrera, Alexandria Gales, Michael Bloecher and Kat Keeney. 

Honorable Mention - KCET

SoCal Connected: "RX Dangers" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rebecca Haggerty, Michael Okwu, Val Zavala, Rocio Zamora, Alberto Arce, Kat Keeney and Ashley Crary.

 

INVESTIGATIVE

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Show Me the Money: Government Gone Wild" awarded to Bret Marcus, Val Zavala, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Laurel Erickson, Alberto Arce, Rocio Zamora, Miguel Contreras and Ashley Crary. 

Honorable Mention - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Show Me the Money: Billboards in the Park" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Brian Rooney, Lata Pandya, Alberto Arce and Michael Bloecher.

 

TELEVISION JOURNALIST

Second Place - Journalist of the Year - KCET

SoCal Connected: Karen Foshay, producer. 

 

NEWS

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Testing the Limits" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rebecca Haggerty, Michael Okwu, Alexandria Gales and Michael Bloecher. 

Honorable Mention - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Caught on Camera" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Judy Muller, Rocio Zamora and Alberto Arce. 

 

FEATURE

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "The Border Between Them" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Saul Gonzalez, Yvette Cabrera, Alexandria Gales and Michael Bloecher. 

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "War Town" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Saul Gonzalez, Brian Rooney, Rocio Zamora, Alberto Arce, Michael Bloecher and Ashley Crary. 

 

PERSONALITY PROFILE

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Herbie Hancock: All That's Jazz" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Michael Okwu, Lata Pandya, Michael Bloecher, Tom Tanquary, Dan Caston and Ashley Crary.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

First Place (Tie with KABC-TV) KCET

SoCal Connected: "Herbie Hancock: All That's Jazz" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Michael Okwu, Lata Pandya, Michael Bloecher, Tom Tanquary, Dan Caston and Ashley Crary.

 

CONSUMER/DATABASED DRIVEN JOURNALISM

Second Place - KCET

KCET.org/SoCal Connected: "Interactive HACLA Expenses Database" awarded to Rocio Zamora, Brian Frank, Miguel Contreras, David Egen, Jason Bazalar, Kevin Andexler and Karen Foshay

 

NON-POLITICAL COLUMN/COMMENTARY

First Place - KCET

KCET.org: "Notes of a Native Daughter" awarded to Susan Straight, Douglas McCulloh and Zach Behrens. 

 

WEBSITE, NEWS, ORGANIZATION BROADCAST

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "SoCal Connected Website" awarded to Brian Frank, Miguel Contreras, Linda Burns, Jason Bazalar, Justin Cram, Melissa DeMund, Gary Dauphin and Kevin Andexler. 

 

ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 35 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and (6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)  and Mondays (10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit http://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 & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and UCLA.

 

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 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.

 

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