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Val Zavala

Val Zavala

Val Zavala was anchor and executive producer of "SoCal Connected" until her retirement in 2018. Since joining KCET in 1987 she has won 15 L.A. Emmy awards. She has covered major issues in southern California politics, education, government, demographics, healthcare, environment, economy, and arts and culture. She has been honored for her community service by numerous organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association, and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media among others. She was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 1993. She received her M.A. in journalism from American University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.

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Alligator Farm
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Lost LA

A Trip to the California Alligator Farm in 1927

For 25-cents, one could see the reptiles up close and personal, even take a ride.
John Muir School damaged in Long Beach Earthquake 1933
Article
SoCal Connected

The Quake that Renamed California “Earthquake Country”

1933 Long Beach quake is still the deadliest in California history
Measure H | artwork by Henry Cram
Article
SoCal Connected

Measure H in 90 Seconds

Should we raise the L.A. County sales tax to pay for services for the homeless?
Women's March: Ovarian
Article

Women's March: Notes from a Reluctant Marcher who Hates Crowds

It was enough to renew my faith in humanity right when I need it most.
Bobcat B-332 died of mange in December 2016 | photo courtesy National Park Service
Article
SoCal Connected

Death of Bobcat May Be Related to Rat Poison

Bobcat found dead of mange in Simi Hills
Dr. Albert Einstein took time out from his research to inspect the prize winning float in the 1932 Rose Parade. The float represented a scene in the Black Forest of Germany. | Photo Getty Images / Bettman
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SoCal Connected

The Genius of the Rose Parade

Einstein appreciated his home country's depiction in flowers
 Clydesdale draft horses pull a fire wagon as they enter the 1958 Rose Parade in Pasadena | Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Article
SoCal Connected

Why Isn't the Rose Parade on New Year's Day?

How horses caused a break with tradition.
Alison Siewart
Article

200 Christmas Trees?! Yes. She Knows It’s Insane.

Alison Siewert never set out to fill her house with 200 Christmas trees. It just sort of evolved. Walking through her home now is like strolling through a Yuletide forest.
Dinner Fight
Article

Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation: Donald Trump = Ham, Hilary Clinton = Turkey

Here’s a suggested “code” that will let us pass the plates instead of throwing them.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer
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California Senator Moves to Get Rid of Electoral College

“The Electoral College is an outdated undemocratic system ..."
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