KCET's SoCal Connected, which launched on-air and online in September 2008, this weekend won two Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program and for Best Original News Commentary. The awards were announced yesterday by The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, which presents the Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism every year.
In addition to the Best News Public Affairs Program Award, SoCal Connected won Best Original News Commentary for a piece by London Times correspondent Chris Ayers about the "changing seasons" in Southern California, frequently signaled by different types of disasters, such as fires. (You can see his commentary here.) KCET also won a third Golden Mike for Best Hard News Series Reporting for the Life & Times report "Aids in Tijuana."
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.