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 seventeen L.A. Area Emmy Awards, nineteen Golden Mikes, a George Foster Peabody Award, three Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The show airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Our Team
Val Zavala
Val Zavala is anchor and executive producer of "SoCal Connected." Since joining KCET in 1987 she has won 15 L.A. Emmy awards. She has covered major issues in southern California politics, education, government, demographics, healthcare, environment, economy, and arts and culture. She has been honored for her community service by numerous organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association, and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media among others. She was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 1993. She received her M.A. in journalism from American University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University. Read more...


Senior Producer
Linda Burns

Field Producers
Alicia Clark
Justin Cram
Matt Crotty
Lata Pandya
Katherine Spiers

Production Supervisor
Robert McDonnell

Production Manager
Kathy Kasaba

Michael Bloecher
Michael Kelly

Field Cameras
Daniel Caston
Bruce Dickson
Kenny Gioseffi
Raul Marin
John Sandoval
Brett Wood

Field Sound
Rick Mills
Bob Schuck
Gary Tomaro

Graphic Design

Original Music by
Ari Balouzian

Web Story Editors
Chris Clarke
Chase Scheinbaum
Drew Tewksbury

Site Editor
Monica Luhar

Social Media/Community Engagement
Amy Lieu

Web Developers
Jason Bazalar
Melissa DeMund

Site Manager
Nikol Hasler

Digital Video Manager
Henry Cram

Digital Director
Bijan Rezvani

Media Manager
Cintia Rivera

Legal Counsel
June M. Baldwin
Gerry Bryant

Senior VP of Engineering, Operations and IT
Gordon Bell

Senior VP, Content Development & Production
Juan Devis

Chief Operating Officer
Mary Mazur

Digital Executive Producer
Zach Behrens

Executive Producer
Val Zavala

Dija Dowling
Nick Hardcastle
Nic Cha Kim
Conor Knighton
Cara Santa Maria
Jennifer Sabih
Derrick Shore

"SoCal Connected" has received various awards since it began airing in 2008, including numerous Peabody, Emmy and Golden Mike awards. Click here to see a complete list.

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