KCETLink Wins Three Golden Mike Awards for 'SoCal Connected'

Burbank, Calif. -

Jan. 25, 2014 - KCETLink, the national independent public media

organization, is pleased to announce that it has been honored with three Golden

Mike Awards® by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern

California (RTNA).


SoCal Connected, KCET's nightly news program, garnered three

awards including Best Hard News Reporting, Best Government and

Political Reporting
and Best Medical and Science Reporting


Formally announced

at the awards ceremony at the Universal Hilton in Universal City on Jan. 25,

2014, the Golden Mike Awards® recognize excellence in broadcast

journalism.  Last year, SoCal Connected received four

Golden Mikes.  


Below is a complete list of KCETLink's 2014

Golden Mike Award® wins, along with links to segments, descriptions and names

of the individual winners in each category. SoCal Connected was led by

executive producer Bret Marcus and co-executive producer Rebecca Haggerty.


Best Hard News


Family Ties

They are among the most powerful politicians in

California, nicknamed "The Five Little Kings." They are L.A. County's

five supervisors. Together, they control a budget and staff that impacts the

lives of 10 million people. But does the board treat all Angelenos equally?

There are some who say special treatment is doled out when the face is familiar.

Karen Foshay, Producer; Vince Gonzales, Reporter;

Benjamin Gottlieb, Associate Producer; Jack Moody, Editor


Best Government and Political Reporting

Compton: Corruption, Incompetence or Just Business as


SoCal Connected

spent three months looking at Compton, a city that has been plagued by street

politics and accusations of scandal. The investigation found questionable

expenditures, big loans and council members making up to $1,500 an hour.

Karen Foshay, Producer; Laurel Erickson, Reporter; Lata

Pandya, Co-Producer

Steve Sung and Jack Moody, Editors


Best Medical and Science Reporting

Head Games

Professional football players know all about playing

through the pain. It comes with the job. But what about college athletes, or

high school students or 12-year-olds? Should a game put a child in danger? As

ever younger players try to emulate the big guys, one injury is not only ending

careers, but endangering lives

Angela Shelley, Producer; John Ridley, Reporter; Alicia

Clark, Associate Producer; Michael Bloecher, Editor


About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected is winner of the

Peabody and two duPont-Columbia awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA

Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three regional Edward R. Murrow

Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's

"Best New Local TV Program" of 2009. 


SoCal Connected was made

possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, serving the

Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks-Brown

Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; and the

California Endowment.




On-air, online and

in the community, KCETLink is a donor-supported independent public media

organization distributed via satellite nationally on DirecTV and DISH and via

broadcast in Southern and Central California. For additional information about

KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and

community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.


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