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KCETLink Media Group Receives Five National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award Nominations Presented by the Los Angeles Press Club

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Southern California Arts and Culture Series ARTBOUND Garners Three Nods;Environmental Documentary TENDING THE WILD Earns One Nomination

KCET’s Social Media Recognized For Efforts Supporting Beloved Talk Show Host Huell Howser

Burbank, Calif.Nov. 17, 2017 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, is proud to announce that it has received five nominations for the 10th annual National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. The station's nominations include three for its multi-media arts and culture series ARTBOUND, one for its documentary special TENDING THE WILD and one for its innovative social media Instagram efforts dedicated to the station’s beloved host Huell Howser. The 2017 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards will be presented on Sunday, December 3 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The 10th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards nominations for KCETLink Media Group include: 


ARTBOUND's "Fotoperiodista: Documenting Tijuana's Refugee Crisis" follows photojournalist Omar Martinez as he captures the Haitian refugee crisis in Tijuana, Mexico.


  • Tending The Wild
  • Juan Devis, Matthew Crotty, Laura Purdy, Austin Simons, and Christine Yuan (KCET and the Autry Museum)

The documentary examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices of the indigenous peoples of California can inspire a new generation to tend their environment.

A post from ARTBOUND’s digital site, the story concerns how, in Boyle Heights, the conflict between art spaces and local grassroots organizations has escalated. Residents are bringing into question the direct and indirect complicity of artists and cultural spaces in the displacement of communities.


In order to promote KCET’s eight-Hour Huell Howser Presidents Day marathon programming stunt, KCET launched an exciting Instagram campaign called “Where's Huell?" resulting in 9 separate videos that were released once a day in the lead up to the stunt, the thumbnails of which revealed a special 3’ x 3’ mosaic image of Huell that showcased a “sea and shore” theme. This image mosaic was also made into a gif for use on Facebook and Twitter


Nys Dambrot has submitted dozens of articles for KCET’s ARTBOUND since 2012 including 2017’s “Desert X – Land Art At The Edge Of The Citywhich detailed Lita Albuquerque’s sculptural installation hEARTH at the Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage that ran through April 30.


The critically acclaimed weekly television series and online destination ARTBOUND captures the spirit of the burgeoning arts and culture community in Southern and Central California and explores how it's shaping California as the creative capital of the world. The series explores and illuminates the cultural issues of our times, providing critical in-depth analysis of how arts and culture affect society. The series and the online stories that are found at kcet.org/artbound and linktv.org/artbound are the result of cultural tastemakers throughout the region and collaborations with LA’s top cultural institutions. Since its inception in 2012, the series has earned high industry praise including several Emmy® Awards, LA Press Club awards, two Golden Mike awards and a National Entertainment Journalism award, among others. ASCAP recognized ARTBOUND with the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award for outstanding music.

ABOUT TENDING THE WILD Produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West, TENDING THE WILD is a 60-minute documentary that explores how the traditional practices of Native California communities can be the solution to current environmental challenges, while offering perspectives of Native California culture around the concept of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).


Huell Howser's CALIFORNIA'S GOLD and VISITING series features the state's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders and amazing people produced over a span of 20 years. The series is owned by Chapman University and can be accessed for free at www.chapman.edu/huellhowser.

Huell Howser traveled California to share the state’s rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonder and amazing denziens. Whether roadtripping on a California highway, exploring downtown Los Angeles, or visiting state parks and fairs, Huell’s travel shows, including his signature series “California Gold” and “Visiting With Huell Howser” all have one thing in common: showcasing what makes the Golden State unique.


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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