Tonight: KCET's SoCal Connected to Air Special Report on Mass Shootings at Elementary School in Connecticut

BURBANK, CA - December 14, 2012 - In the wake of today's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., SoCal Connected ( will air a special report covering the latest news and information on the school tragedy that has left 28 dead and shaken the nation.


Tonight's program will cover issues including:  

·         How to Talk to Your Young Children About Violence

·         The Anatomy of a Lone Gunman

·         The President's Emotional Address to the Nation

·         How the Media Covers National Tragedies


SoCal Connected anchor Val Zavala and contributor Madeleine Brand will speak with Southern California experts to offer insight around these issues, including Dr. Catherine Mogil, a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of UCLA's Child and Family Trauma Service, who advises us on what to tell our kids; and Stephen Diamond, a forensic psychologist who will discuss the psychology of a mass shooter. Tonight's episode airs at 7 p.m. and repeats at 10:30 p.m.



SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia 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 an encore at 10 p.m. (beginning Dec. 17) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit


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 MaddocksBrown Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; and The California Endowment. 



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 is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit


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