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Val Zavala to Be Honored with Award for Excellence in Journalism

"SoCal Connected" anchor Val Zavala will be honored this month with a Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

Zavala has been with KCET since 1987, having contributed for many years to the public affairs show "Life & Times" and other news programs and specials. She also currently serves as the station's vice president of news and public affairs.

Bill Stout was a local and national broadcast journalist who "railed against the deteriorating quality of local broadcast news," according to Community Advocates, Inc., the nonprofit civil rights organization that gives out the award.

Zavala is being recognized along with NBC4 investigative reporter Joel Grover for "substantive discussion and exploration of public affairs in a realm in which many television and radio broadcasts too often fall short."

Zavala will be honored at a program and reception at the Los Angeles Public Library's Taper Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. She will be joined by NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman and "SoCal Connected" contributors Madeleine Brand and Judy Muller.

The event is open to the public as long as you RSVP, so please join us in congratulating our colleague!

To RSVP, call (213) 623-6003 (ext. 10) or email


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