Val Zavala is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, and anchor of KCET's weekly award-winning newsmagazine, SoCal Connected. She has been at KCET since 1987 playing a vital role in the long-running newsmagazine, Life & Times, as well as other news programs and specials. Her work has won 16 L.A. Area Emmys, eight Golden Mikes and numerous L.A. Press Club awards.
Ms. Zavala came to KCET with six years reporting experience at commercial news stations. Over her 23 years at KCET she has covered major issues impacting Southern California politics, education, healthcare, environment, demographics, arts and culture.
Ms. Zavala has been honored by numerous community organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association (2009 Gala), and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media for integrity and longevity in the field of television journalism (2006). She was named one of the 100 most influential Latinas by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2006. She was a Senior Fellow for UCLA's School of Public Affairs (2007-2008). She also serves as a trustee for Mt. Saint Mary's College.
In 1992 Ms. Zavala was selected for a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, a prestigious mid-career program for journalists. She received her Masters in journalism from American University in Washington, D. C. and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.