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KCET Receives Most Awards of Any Station at the 70th Golden Mike Awards® Presented by the Radio & Television Association of Southern California

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Chelsea Grosbeck
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America’s Longest Running Broadcast News Ceremony
Presents Nine Prestigious Honors to KCET


Burbank, Calif. Feb. 18, 2020 KCET, Southern California's home for award-winning public media programming, announced today the honors given by the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California with a total of nine Golden Mike Awards®, the most of any station in the region. All awards for programming during the 2019 season were won by KCET in the Television A (50 or more full-time news staff members) Division.

KCET original series BLUE SKY METROPOLIS was recognized for BEST DOCUMENTARY and labor documentary NIGHTSHIFT was honored for BEST LIGHT NEWS SERIES REPORTING. Two other KCET original programs, ARTBOUND and TENDING NATURE, were awarded BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING for the “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles” and BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, FEATURE STORY/SERIES/SPECIAL for “Protecting the Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni” episodes, respectively.

KCET’s Emmy® Award-winning weekly half-hour news documentary series SOCAL CONNECTED won the Golden Mike for BEST INDIVIDUAL WRITING and BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, HARD NEWS STORY/SERIERS/SPECIAL for the “The New Normal” episode. In total, the series earned five awards this year that include three other original episodes.

The 70th Golden Mike Awards® were presented on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the RTNA Golden Mike Awards® Dinner at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, California.

To view the winning stories, please click on the links below:

BEST INDIVIDUAL WRITING

Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “The New Normal

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Div. A: KCET’s BLUE SKY METROPOLIS

BEST LIGHT NEWS SERIES REPORTING

Div. A: KCET’s NIGHTSHIFT

BEST SERIOUS FEATURE REPORTING

Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Out of Bounds

BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING

Div. A: KCET’s ARTBOUND “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles

BEST MEDICAL AND SCIENCE REPORTING

Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Blood Money

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, HARD NEWS STORY/SERIERS/SPECIAL

Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “The New Normal

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, FEATURE STORY/SERIES/SPECIAL

Div. A: KCET’s TENDING NATURE “Protecting the Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni

BEST INTERNET NEWS REPORTING

Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Behind the L.A. Teachers’ Strike

Blue-ribbon panels of judges for the awards are constituted by recruiting first-rate, experienced broadcast news professionals from top markets, stations, networks, bureaus and universities across the country. They are flown to Los Angeles for the Judging Day, where they are assigned into three-person panels for radio and television. Each panel is assigned a Monitor who explains and applies the judging procedures, distributes scoring sheets, plays each entry on professional video and audio equipment and then collects the scoring sheets. The scoring sheets are then delivered to the Awards Accountant, who tabulates the scores, identifies the winners and confirms those categories that are noted by the judges as not meeting the "Golden Mike Standard of Excellence."

The Golden Mike Awards® are presented at a gala dinner in Hollywood each January in an industry event which is both congratulatory and celebratory. For over 65 years, the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California has promoted excellence in broadcast journalism through the Golden Mike Awards® and is committed to continuing that legacy into the future.

ABOUT KCET
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org/apps. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.

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