KCET Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Receives First National Edward R. Murrow Award

BURBANK, CA - June 12, 2014 - KCETLink,

the national independent public media 

is pleased to announce that it has been honored with its first National Edward

R. Murrow Award® by the
Radio Television Digital

News Association (RTDNA) for its weekly news series, SOCAL CONNECTED.



piece, "Nothing

to Cheer About",
which explored the dangers young women face in

cheerleading, won for best sports reporting in the large market television

category. The segment was produced by
Angela Shelley; Laura Ling, reporter; Alicia Clark,

associate producer; Michael Bloecher, editor.

This year, RTDNA awarded 98 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories

including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and more.

RTDNA received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, surpassing

2013 by more than 500 entries and setting an all-time record for entries in

what proved to be one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons

in RTDNA history.


The national

awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on

October 6, 2014.


Currently in its sixth season, SOCAL CONNECTED is

anchored by 15-time Emmy-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors to SOCAL

include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick

Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick




airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and repeats Fridays at 8 p.m. and

Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Weekly segments are also available online at socalconnected.org.






SoCal Connected, winner of a

Peabody and two duPont Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 LA Press

Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and one national and four regional 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.


About KCETLink


KCETLink is the national independent public

transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. 

A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally

via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH (9410), in Southern and Central

California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery

systems.  The combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that

includes Link TV's 33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million

households in Southern and Central California.


RTDNA is the world's largest professional

organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents

local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more

than 30 countries.