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CA Gov Jerry Brown, Austin Beutner Address Drought in Exclusive 'SoCal Connected'

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California Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times / San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and CEO Austin Beutner Address Drought in Exclusive TV Broadcast Special of 'SOCAL CONNECTED'

Airs in Southern California on KCET Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m.

and nationwide on Link TV Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Program Captures Immersive Discussion on Critical Water Issues

Between Two of the State's Top Influencers Taking Place Tuesday, June 9 at USC

Burbank, Calif. - June 8, 2015 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network, is engaging viewers around the drought crisis in California with a special one-hour presentation of KCET's multiple award-winning series SOCAL CONNECTED onWednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. in Southern California on KCET and Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DirecTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410) nationwide. The program captures an in-depth, participatory discussion between Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times / San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and CEO Austin Beutner on critical water conservation issues that includes questions pre-submitted by the public. The broadcast special, "Governor Jerry Brown on the Drought: A SoCal Connected Special," will feature that conversation and include a special introduction by SOCAL CONNECTED anchor Val Zavala.

As the state of California faces its most severe drought on record, the dynamic conversation between two of the state's leading voices takes place on Tuesday at USC's Town & Gown ballroom during a special live event, which kicks off a new Los Angeles Times event series called "The California Conversation." The conversation taking place on Tuesday, June 9 at USC will be streamed live onkcet.org/water and latimes.com/thecaliforniaconversation beginning at 6 p.m. PT.

Governor Brown announced the first ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions in April and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. Contending with the drought means navigating a complex tangle of water policies, regulations and court decrees. The conversation will explore the role that residents, businesses, farmers and government play in meeting our water challenges as well as how the rest of the nation is impacted by California's water policies.

Viewers can also visit a new dedicated KCET digital hub at www.kcet.org/water that will stream theSOCAL CONNECTED special and feature additional coverage and programming around the drought and water conservation issues impacting the region.

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SOCAL CONNECTED, recently honored with nine Emmy® Award nominations, is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Conor Knighton, Jennifer Sabih, Derrick Shore, writer Nick Hardcastle and documentary filmmakers Nic Cha Kim and Dija Dowling.  The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.


Winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org. SOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV - DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

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