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KCETLink Media Group Most Honored Local Television Station by LA Press Club


Rachel Coulson    



KCETLink Media Group Most Honored Local Television Station

at the 57th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards Presented by the Los Angeles Press Club


Honored with Six Awards Including Best Television News; SOCAL CONNECTED Garners Four Awards; Southern California Arts and Culture Series ARTBOUND Collects Two 


Burbank, Calif. - June 29, 2015 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network, is proud to announce that it has received six awards at the 57thAnnual Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday, June 28 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The station's awards include best Television News for its award-winning news programSOCAL CONNECTED and best Television Feature Documentary for its acclaimed arts and culture series ARTBOUNDKCETLink's awards also included the prestigious Best Television News award which went to SOCAL CONNECTED for "Processed Human Waste as Fertilizer: The Stinky Controversy." The report details how the processing of sewage sludge accumulated by more than four million residents in Los Angeles is extracted and treated at the city's largest and oldest wastewater treatment facility to create biosolids for a variety of purposes. 

"We are honored to receive six SoCal Journalism Awards and proud of the high-caliber multiplatform work produced by Juan Devis and his talented teams," said Michael Riley, president and CEO of KCETLink Media Group.  "As a leading public media voice for our region, we will continue to create quality programming that is informative and represents the diversity and issues of the region."

The L.A. Press Club Awards recognize the highest-quality journalism in print, television, and other media in the Southern California region. KCETLink received 19 nominations this year for several specials and its award-winning television and online series, ARTBOUNDDEPARTURES and SOCAL CONNECTED.

KCET's long-running digital series DEPARTURES received six nominations for its columns on the Los Angeles River and the east side of Los Angeles, receiving second in the category of Best Website, News Organization Exclusive to the Internet.

Winners include: 


Derrick Shore, Lata Pandya, Kenny Gioseffi and Michael Bloecher


Val Zavala, Lata Pandya, Dan Caston and John Sandoval


Conor Knighton, Katherine Spiers, John Sandoval and Michael Bloecher


Val Zavala, Linda Burns, Cara Santa Maria, Derrick Shore, Jennifer Sabih, et al.,

The special featured four segments from SoCal Connected with an environmental theme:

Big Changes Coming to the L.A. RiverThe Lawn Goodbye;  Solar and Dependence on the Electric Grid; and Touring Santa Clarita's Gibbon Conservation Center


Juan Devis, Matthew Crotty and Drew Tewksbury


Juan Devis, Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer and Matthew Crotty


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 or