Ms. Zavala is an anchor/reporter for KCET’s weekly newsmagazine, SoCal Connected. She has been at KCET since 1987. For the past sixteen years Ms. Zavala was a vital part of the award-winning series, Life & Times, serving as an anchor, co-anchor and reporter. Life & Times won 25 L.A. Area Emmys and 30 Golden Mikes.
Ms. Zavala came to KCET with six years reporting experience at commercial news stations. She has covered major issues impacting southern California politics, education, healthcare, environment, demographics and growth. She has also profiled dozens of southern California’s elected officials, activists, artists and thinkers making a difference in our communities.
Ms. Zavala is a trustee of Mount Saint Mary’s College, and was a Senior Fellow for UCLA’s School of Public Affairs (2007 - 08). In 1992 Zavala left KCET for one year on a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, a prestigious mid-career fellowship for journalists. She received her Masters in journalism from American University in Washington, D. C. and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.