About Us

SoCal Connected is KCET's award-winning signature news series. This half-hour local news magazine offers viewers substantive, in-depth reporting on vital issues that impact Southern Californians.

Since its debut in September 2008, SoCal Connected has been honored with prestigious journalism awards, including six L.A. Area Emmy Awards, eight Golden Mikes and a George Foster Peabody Award.
The show airs four times a week: Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 6pm, and Sunday at 6:30pm.

Our Team
Bret Marcus

Bret Marcus - Executive Producer

Bret Marcus has won 13 Emmys, three Columbia duPont awards, and one Peabody award. He has produced California Connected, California at War and Global Watch for KCET, where he is also Senior Vice President for Programming and Production. Marcus has also worked at ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

Val Zavala

Val Zavala - Anchor

Val has won 14 L.A. Area Emmys and 8 Golden Mikes. At KCET since 1987, she was an anchor, reporter and executive producer for Life & Times. In 1992 Val was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She holds a Masters from American University in Washington, D. C., and a B.A. from Yale.

Executive Vice-President
Mary Mazur

Executive Producer
Bret Marcus

Senior Producer
Justine Schmidt

Anchored and Directed by
Val Zavala

Story Editor
Peggy Holter

Broadcast Producer
Kathryn Keeney

Karen Foshay
Saul Gonzalez
Angela Shelley
Rick Wilkinson

Production Supervisor
Alexandre Hatlestad-Shey

Unit Manager
Bettina Bennewitz

Associate Producers
Alexandria Gales
Lata Pandya

New Media Editor
Brian Frank

New Media Producers
Gary Dauphin
Richie Duchon
Jason Bazalar
Melissa Slemin

Production Assistant
Rocio Zamora

Alberto Arce
Michael Bloecher

On-Line Editor
Sally Benson

Motion Graphics
Robert Vega
Original Music by
Rama Kolesnikow

Ken Butler
Dan Caston
Tom Drew
Doug Froebe
Kenny Gioseffi
Al Lopez
Tom Tanquaray

Tom Ancell
Hing Ng
Pete Plumley

Assistant to Bret Marcus
Amanda Martin

Studio Makeup
White Simon

Jane Mannfolk

Vice President of Engineering
Gordon Bell

Engineering Supervisor
Roger Terracina

Media Manager
Margie Beeson

Legal Counsel
Susan Reardon
June M. Baldwin

Rights and Clearances
Yvonne Johnson

SoCal Connected would not have been possible without the generous support of our funders.

The Ahmanson Foundation Jim & Anne Rothenberg The Elizabeth Hofert-Daily Trust US Bank UCLA Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs MaddocksBrown Foundation
Contact Us

Questions, comments, story ideas? Send us an E-mail at socalconnected@kcet.org.