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Val Zavala

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.

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Dear Val,

I was deeply moved by the piece aired tonight about Locke High School. I would like to offer an additional high school for a similar program--Reseda High School, Police Academy. This is an amazing program.

A devoted parent at the school, Maria Ruiz, is concerned about the effects of the recession on the students. She is particularly concerned about the stress on students whose parents have lost their homes due to foreclosure and job dislocation.

Would you be willing to speak with her by telephone? Maria has been interviewed on Hispanic television several times in recent years. She would be better able to explain her ideas to you than I.

Thank you so much.

From a long time fan,
Jennifer Castrup

Dear Val....

The program about the homeless/Central Library last night (7-30-09) was wonderful and heartrenching. Will it be repeated? It had such dignity, and yes, made me cry.

Bless you.


Ms. Zavala,
In 2000 you did a story on organ donation. I ran across the tape the other day, and watched it. I was the woman waiting for a liver transplant. Your closing comment with my picture on screen was "I hope she gets a liver."

I did, in March of 2001. And I not only survived, I have thrived. I saw one daughter through college, and another is in her junior year. I have a highly satisfying job, and yesterday, I ran a half marathon! God has blessed me, and seeing that video really put into perspective how blessed I am.

I hope your story increased donation. The number waiting now is over 100,000. Thank you for your work.

Louise Walsh (formerly Miglin)

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