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Local Heroes

For over 20 years, the Local Heroes initiative has recognized activists, educators, community leaders and visionaries – the ones doing the critical work in our region that often goes unrecognized. The KCET and PBS SoCal Community Advisory Board (CAB) nominates people as finalists who are making a difference in our region and selected two remarkable Heroes from that group. Meet all the finalists and nominees below.
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2020 Local Heroes Honorees Ben Caldwell, Dr. Barbara Ferrer and Tam Nguyen.
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Meet the Local Heroes 2020 Honorees

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Ben Caldwell and Tam Nguyen are 2020’s three Local Heroes honorees.
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Meet the Local Heroes 2020 Nominees

Get to know our 2020 Local Heroes Nominees.
Local Heroes 2019 Honorees Alison Suffet Diaz and Pastor Stephen Cue Jn-Marie side by side
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Meet the Local Heroes 2019 Honorees

Alison Suffet Diaz and Stephen Cue Jn-Marie were selected as 2019’s two Local Heroes honorees.
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Meet the Local Heroes 2019 Nominees

Get to know our 2019 Local Heroes Nominees.
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KCET Local Heroes 2018 Nominees

Get to know our 2018 Nominees.
Imam Jihad Saafir, Nalleli Cobo 2017 Local Heroes
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KCET Local Heroes 2017 Honorees

Imam Jihad Saafir and Nalleli Cobo were honored as our 2017 Honorees.
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