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 weeknights at 5:30 pm and 10 pm.

Our Team
Bret Marcus

Bret Marcus - Executive Producer
Bret Marcus has won 21 Emmys, three 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.

Rebecca Haggerty

Rebecca Haggerty - Co-Executive Producer
Rebecca Haggerty is an award-winning producer at SoCal Connected who has vast experience, including ten years producing for Dateline NBC in New York.

Madeleine Brand

Val Zavala - Anchor
Val has won 15 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. Read more...

Madeleine Brand

Madeleine Brand - Special Contributor
Madeleine Brand comes to SoCal Connected from KPCC, where the Madeleine Brand Show was highly rated and won numerous awards, including the 2012 Golden Mike Award for the best news and public affairs program from the RTNA. Prior to KPCC, Brand worked for NPR for 13 years, most recently as host of Day to Day.

Coordinating Producer
Linda Burns

Senior Producer
Karen Foshay

Vince Gonzales

Dina Demetrius
Angela Shelley
Rick Wilkinson

News Editor
Abe Rosenberg

Associate Producers
Alicia Clark
Benjamin Gottlieb
Cathy Hue
Lata Pandya

Mike Corey

Assistant Director
Kelly Hernacki

Art Director
John Gilles

Stage Manager
Richard Manfredi

Production Supervisor
Robert McDonnell

Production Manager
Kathy Kasaba

Alberto Arce
Michael Bloecher
Jack Moody

Production Assistant
Jermaine Alexander

Motion Graphics
Robert Vega

Web Editor
Brian Frank

Associate Web Producer
Miguel Contreras

Web Developers
Jason Bazalar
Justin Cram
Gary Dauphin
Melissa DeMund

Original Music
Rama Kolesnikow

Field Cameras
Daniel Caston
Dave Fernandez
Kenny Gioseffi
Raul Marin
John Sandoval

Field Sound
John Dennehy
Rick Mills
Bob Schuck
Gary Stevenson
Gary Tomaro
Oscar Velasquez

Technical Director
Dave Stern

Lighting Director
Roger Dalton

Video/Camera Control
Marcus Martinez

Tom Ancell

Jonathan Gist

Stage Tech
Ron Fleck

Prompter Operator
Chris Turner

Paul Rosentsweig

Studio Makeup
White Simon

Assistant to Bret Marcus
Amanda Martin

Jane Mannfolk

Media Manager
Margie Beeson

Senior VP of Engineering Operations and IT
Gordon Bell

Legal Counsel
June M. Baldwin
Gerry Bryant

Additional Legal Services
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Chief Operating Officer
Mare Mazur


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.

Contact Us

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