2018 Local Heroes Honorees

About Local Heroes

For over 20 years, KCET’s 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 project salutes the accomplishments and services of men and women who are making a significant impact in Southern California communities. This year the KCET Community Advisory Board was invited to nominate 15 men and women as finalists who are making a difference in our region. The KCET CAB will be selecting two remarkable Heroes from those finalists whose profiles appear below. The stories of the two 2018 Local Heroes who are selected will be broadcast on KCET.  

About the Community Advisory Board:

KCET’s community engagement efforts with its viewers and supporters would not be possible without the help of the KCET Community Advisory Board (CAB). This active group of volunteer leaders is the station’s eyes and ears of the community and plays an integral part of the planning and implementation of many KCET outreach programs. Their function, as mandated by Congress in 1979, is to advise the governing body of KCET with respect to whether the programming and other policies are meeting the special educational and cultural needs of the various communities served by the station.

We are currently seeking sponsorship for the Local Heroes program.  If you are interested in helping to showcase remarkable individuals in our community through the program, please contact Amanda Martin at amartin@kcet.org.

About the 2018 Honorees:

Sir Chef Bruno Serato was selected for his humanitarian work feeding hungry children and families. The world class Chef, knighted by the Italian Government, is owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant. Chef Bruno established “Caterina’s Club” in 2005,with an overarching vision that started as preventing children living in motels from going to bed hungry. The program has since expanded to 4,039 children receiving a meal every night at 80 sites throughout L.A., San Diego and Orange County as well as in 27 cities throughout Southern California.

Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez was chosen for the work she has done promoting social justice, most recently with her Million Dollar Hoods project, which uses police data to monitor incarceration costs in L.A. and reports on trends in the local criminal justice system.  A Professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA and award-winning author, Lytle Hernandez is considered one of the nation’s leading historians of race, policing, immigration and incarceration in the United States.


Click here to see the full list of our 2018 Nominees.