KCETLink's Val Zavala Honored with Community Service Award Presented by the Mexican American Bar Foundation


CA - June 3, 2014 - KCETLink,
the national independent public transmedia organization, is pleased to announce that Val Zavala, Vice President of News and Public

Affairs and executive producer and anchor of the award-winning news program, SOCAL CONNECTED, will be honored for her community service

by the Mexican American Bar Foundation at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on June

14, 2014.



brings us news stories that teach us about each other and ourselves --

stories about our local politics, local business, community activism and

democratic issues," said
Angela Robledo Gart, Chair of the Mexican

American Bar Foundation
Gala Dinner Committee. "Both Val

and KCET challenge viewers to think critically and actively participate in

shaping our community, rather than being passive bystanders. In addition, she

is an outstanding role model for young Latinos who strive to make a meaningful

contribution to our city, and to the world. We are proud to honor her

dedication and service to Los Angeles." 



will receive the Mexican American Bar Foundation's 2014 Community Service Award

for her commitment to the Los Angeles community. She has worked at KCET since

1987, playing a vital role in the long-running newsmagazine, LIFE & TIMES, as well as other news

programs and specials. Her work has earned her 16 L.A. Area Emmys, eight Golden

Mikes and numerous L.A. Press Club awards. 



more than two decades, Zavala has covered major issues impacting Southern California

politics, education, healthcare, environment, demographics, and arts and

culture. In addition to this year's Mexican American Bar Foundation Award,

Val has been honored by numerous community organizations including the

California Chicano News Media Association and Hispanic Americans for Fairness

in Media for integrity and longevity in the field of television journalism.



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 and DISH, 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 subscribers on DirecTV and DISH Network, and KCET's 5.6 million

households in Southern and Central California.  As new technologies

continue to make dramatic changes to the media landscape, KCETLink is committed

to driving public media innovation with smarter ways to access content that

engages all audiences. For additional information about KCETLink productions,

web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit

kcet.org or linktv.org.