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Val Zavala
About Me:
Val Zavala is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, and anchor of KCET's weekly award-winning newsmagazine, SoCal Connected. She has been at KCET since 1987 playing a vital role in the long-running newsmagazine, Life & Times, as well as other news programs and specials. Her work has won 16 L.A. Area Emmys, eight Golden Mikes and numerous L.A. Press Club awards.
Favorite KCET Show:
SoCal Connected
My KCET.org Activities
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    Our story on the problem with fees that developers pay to create parks seems to have made a difference.
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    A young black man from Ethiopia was beaten to death in Portland in 1988 by white supremacists. The killing was inspired by the White Aryan Resistance, founded by neo-Nazi Tom Metzger who lived north San Diego County. The Southern Poverty Law Center, led by co-founder and chief legal counsel Morris Dees, used brilliant legal strategy to bankrupt the White Aryan Resistance.
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    Host Val Zavala's experience at the CicLAvia was a feast for the senses, literally.
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    Even before Israel was established, the Technion was educating engineers who would go on to build a nation.
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    weSpark is a special place dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends by providing encouragement, support and information to help heal the mind, body and spirit.
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    In a letter, the two council members accuse the redistricting commission of being motivated by "factors that are neither required nor authorized by state or federal law."
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    The Jewish Educational Trade School (JETS) works to set students on an optimum course to becoming industrious and productive members of society, as well as proud and active members of the Jewish community
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    St. Anne's provides quality, comprehensive services to nearly 800 at-risk teenage mothers and their children, most of whom are in the foster care system.
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    Junior Blind helps children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence.
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    This week Val explores one of L.A.'s hidden gems. You can't see it from the busy city street, but climb a few stairs and—voila—you're there.
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    Test your knowledge of SoCal geography with my latest video puzzle.
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    California is sprinkled with quaint and campy getaways. Can you guess which one Val found this week?
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    This week, take a vacation with our Web producer Brian Frank, who brings back some photos from a recent weekend getaway. See if you can guess where he went!
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    A conversation with 100-year-old radio legend Norman Corwin about today's media and America's future.
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    If you love local history, 19th century architecture, and a gracious and peaceful place to stroll, you may have already discovered this gem tucked away in the heart of L.A.
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    In this 4-minute sampler from a chat with Val, the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist riffs on L.A. v. Miami drivers, the internet and the glut of celebrities. Enjoy!
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    Here's the first in a series. Can you guess where I am? I'll give you a hint: It will be a special challenge for you Westsiders.
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    Financial reporter Roger Lowenstein talks about his new book, The End of Wall Street. Is the title a fact, or a prediction?
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    A recent report from USC illustrated just how little news there is on local TV news. We used it, and compared our coverage to the commercial news broadcasts
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    Negotiating with terrorists, with an abusive boss, with a vindictive ex-spouse. Is it ever a good idea to bargain with the devil? Perhaps, says a leading scholar who studies the science and art of negotiation.
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    L.A. City Councilor Bill Rosendahl has no apologies for granting DWP workers a raise, while other city workers are facing pay cuts and layoffs.
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    He might be the most powerful labor leader in L.A. A chat with Brian D'Arcy of the electrical workers union, about why DWP employees got raises when other city workers are losing their jobs.
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    Is there really a place where tax time makes people happy? Yes there is. Take a look.
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    Want to rent your house out as a location? You're not alone. Here are some tips to help you at least get your place an audition.
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    Need a break from the rat race? You can find some peace, and quiet, too, just an hour or so north of LA. In a little garden with spectacular views and acres of wild flowers...
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    Get some simple, straight-forward and even old-fashioned tips about personal finance from one of the country's best known and most respected financial writers.
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    An MIT engineer figures out a way to make a very cheap wheelchair, and how to help disabled people across the globe.
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    If you wanted to buy a Christmas present for the Son of God, what better place to visit than The God Shop?
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    Tips on getting along with other people. From a master. Choreographer Twyla Tharp's secrets of successful collaboration.
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    When a plant-loving woman got in trouble for having TOO many plants, her neighbors came to the rescue. Click inside to see what happened.
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