SoCal Connected brought home six Golden Mike Awards for 2009, more than any other television news outlet in Southern California.
The awards, announced Saturday by The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, included Best News Public Affairs Program, Best News Special, Best Hard News Reporting, Best Light News Reporting, Best Individual Writing, and Best Original News Commentary.
“SoCal Connected is honored to receive six Golden Mike Awards,” said Bret Marcus, the show's executive producer and senior vice president of programming and production at KCET. “SoCal Connected is committed to bringing viewers stories that can make a difference in their lives, and we’re proud to be recognized for our efforts.”
Below are links to the winning segments and series.
Best News Public Affairs Programming
"Is Anybody Listening?" - Correspondent John Larson follows the students at Village Academy High in Pomona as they produce an eight-minute video about their personal struggles in a down economy. He's still with them when their video goes viral and gets the attention of President Obama.
Best News Special
Inside Locke High - Correspondent Angela Shelley profiles a group of teens at Locke High, a school where students are more likely to drop out than graduate.
Best Hard News Series Reporting
Billboard Confidential - Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports on a two-month investigation, looking at the political alliances—so-called “sweetheart deals”—that have brought billboards to virtually every neighborhood in the city. Here's the full series:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Best Light News Series Reporting
The Year Of Living Dangerously - Correspondent Angie Crouch reports through interviews and remarkable home video shot at sea by sailor Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to sail around the world solo. Here's the full series:
Original Report | First Update | Second Update | Zac's Return
Best Individual Writing
Safe Haven - Correspondent Judy Muller investigates a day in the life of the Los Angeles Public Library, as Phillip Saffell shows us how this public space serves as his home and workspace.
Best Original News Commentary
Commentaries - Marcos Villatoro, David Lazarus, Jill Stewart and Patt Morrison were recognized for their work. Here are some samples:
Marcos Villatoro | David Lazarus | Jill Stewart | Patt Morrison