KCETLINK Media Group Receives 3 Golden Mike Awards

Amanda Martin        


Regional News Series SOCAL CONNECTED Named Best News Public Affairs Program and Best News Special; Environmental Documentary TENDING THE WILD Also Honored For Best Documentary

Burbank, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2018 - KCETLink, the national independent public media organization, is proud  to announce that it has received three Golden Mike awards for the 68th annual Golden Mike Awards presented by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA).

KCET’s weekly flagship news series now in its eighth season, SOCAL CONNECTED, was named Best News Public Affairs Program for its “Environmental Justice” episode which explored local lead-contaminated communities and the effects of the Chiquita Canyon landfill. In addition, SOCAL CONNECTED won for Best News Special for "The Way Home: A SoCal Connected News Special” which tackled the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. 

The one-hour KCETLink environmental special Tending the Wild, produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West, won Best Documentary for the exploration of California Native Peoples’ traditions and how they can inform responses to present day environmental dilemmas.

Formally announced at the awards ceremony at the Universal Hilton in Universal City on Jan. 27, 2018, the Golden Mike Awards® recognize excellence in broadcast journalism. 



SOCAL CONNECTED, (http://www.kcet.org/socalconnected), winner of a Peabody®, two duPont Awards, 27 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 51 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, as well as 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, is a weekly local news series that airs exclusively on KCET. SOCAL CONNECTED is made possible in part by The Ahmanson Foundation.



TENDING THE WILD (http://www.kcet.org/tendingthewild) shines a light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how the state's Native peoples have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. The one-hour documentary examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians.Co-produced by KCETLink Media Group and the Autry Museum of the American West, this six-part web series and documentary special are presented in association with “California Continued,” a groundbreaking exhibition now on view at the Autry. 



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. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Amazon Video, Apple TV and Roku platforms.

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