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SoCal Connected Wins 6 Emmys!

SoCal Connected, KCET’s hard-hitting weekly news program, won a total of six Emmys in its premiere season at the 61st Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards, including awards for Informational/Public Affairs Series (More than 50% Remote) and Information Segment for “Foreclosure Alley,” the first segment of the first show of the first season. SoCal Connected won in six of the seven categories in which it was nominated, also including wins for Feature Segment for “Guerrilla Gardeners” and Education for the SoCal Connected Special Edition “Inside Locke High.” The second season of SoCal Connected premieres on Thursday, October 8, at 8:00 p.m.

“SoCal Connected is honored to receive six Emmy Awards,” said Bret Marcus, executive producer of SoCal Connected and KCET senior vice president of programming and production. “SoCal Connected is committed to providing viewers with compelling stories about people and places they have not heard about before, and we’re looking forward to another great season.”

SoCal Connected, also winner of two Golden Mikes, including Best News Public Affairs Show, and the regional winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary, airs Thursdays (8:00 - 8:30 p.m.) and Fridays (8:30 - 9:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit

SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The L.K. Whittier Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life by supporting innovative endeavors in the fields of medicine, health, science and education; The Ahmanson Foundation serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; the Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; by US Bank and by UCLA.  Additional funding for select episodes is provided by Boeing.

Below is a complete list of SoCal Connected’s Emmy Award wins, along with links to segments, descriptions, and names of the individual winners in each category:

Winners of the LA Emmy Award for Information/Public Affairs Series (More than 50% Remote) are SoCal Connected’s Bret Marcus, Executive Producer; Justine Schmidt, Senior Producer; Val Zavala, Anchor; Joseph Angier, Producer; Linda Burns, Supervising Producer; Vicki Curry, Producer; Saul Gonzalez, Producer; Karen Foshay Kolesnikow, Producer; Angela Shelley, Producer; and Alexandre Shey, Producer.

INFORMATION SEGMENT (SoCal Connected swept this category in nominations). “Foreclosure Alley” SoCal Connected • KCET
SoCal Connected correspondent Lisa Ling (ABC, CNN, Nat Geo) looks at foreclosures from a different point of view—from the people left behind, introducing the country to “trash-out” squads.

Winners of the Information Segment LA Emmy Award for the “Foreclosure Alley” segment are SoCal Connected’s Lisa Ling, On-Camera Talent; Bret Marcus, Executive Producer; Justine Schmidt, Producer; and Angela Shelley, Producer.

EDUCATION SoCal Connected’s Special Edition “Inside Locke High” • KCET
Usually these stories are told by experts and policymakers, but to understand the changes at Locke High and the special challenges facing at-risk teens, SoCal Connected talks to the real experts - the teens themselves. We meet three typical students - Joanna, Damon and Bryan - who candidly share their personal stories. The result is a powerful, meaningful program.

Winners of the Education LA Emmy Award for the “Inside Locke High” segment are SoCal Connected’s Bret Marcus, Executive Producer; Justine Schmidt, Producer; Angela Shelley, Producer; and Alexandria Gales, Associate Producer.

FEATURE SEGMENT “Guerrilla Gardeners” - SoCal Connected • KCET
Val Zavala reports on a group of guerrilla gardeners that illegally transform ugly patches of neglected public land into urban gardens while the rest of Los Angeles sleeps.

Winners of the Feature Segment LA Emmy Award for “Guerrilla Gardeners” are SoCal Connected’s Val Zavala, On-Camera Talent, Producer; and Brett Wood, Camera.

Marcos Villatoro, Writer, won the LA Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-News Writer. Highlights of his commentaries from season one include a look at potholes in relation to the presidential election and the contrast between wild fires being a natural cleanser and a destroyer of homes. Please visit view Villatoro’s commentaries.

Brett Wood, Videographer, won the LA Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-News Videographer.

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