KCET's Signature Nightly News and Public Affairs Program, SoCal Connected, Wins Second Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Journalism Excellence | KCET
KCET's Signature Nightly News and Public Affairs Program, SoCal Connected, Wins Second Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Journalism Excellence
Burbank, CA - Dec. 19, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public
television station, announced today that its hard-hitting nightly news program, SoCal
Connected, has won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University
Award for its investigative coverage of the Los Angeles County's Children's Dependency Court. This marks the second duPont-Columbia
Award for the award-winning series in three years.
SoCal Connected received the honor for its segment
titled, "Courting Disaster," an exclusive, in-depth investigation into Los
Angeles County's Children's Dependency Court, the largest in the nation caring
for more than 25,000 children. For the first time, television cameras
were allowed inside the court and captured children awaiting decisions that
would impact their futures while revealing tremendous overcrowding, delays and
backlogs that plagued the system. The
piece profiled the overwhelming caseloads that judges, attorneys and social
workers carry; how additional budget cuts threaten to bring the justice system
to a near standstill; and how the judicial system often works against families
trying desperately to stay together or reunite.
SoCal Connected's award-winning investigative team was
comprised of Bret Marcus, executive producer; Justine Schmidt, co-executive producer; Jennifer
London, correspondent; Karen Foshay, producer; Dan Caston, Kenny Gioseffi,
Brett Wood, videographers; and Michael Bloecher, editor.
"We are extremely
honored to receive a second duPont-Columbia award," said Bret Marcus,
executive producer for SoCal Connected and KCET's Chief Content
Officer. "This type of special
long-form reporting is what SoCal Connected is all about, and we're
pleased to be recognized among the nation's best in journalism."
jury described the piece as "exemplary reporting on the consequences of budget
cuts to Los Angeles' court system and their devastating impact on families.
Well-written and edited... an important story that clearly illustrated the real
impact budget cuts are having on families in California."
SoCal Connected received its first duPont-Columbia
Award in 2011 for the team's exposé of city regulations on the distribution of
marijuana in Southern California ("Up In Smoke" and "Cannabis Cowboys"), worker safety regulations at Cal/OSHA
("Protected or Neglected") and mandatory flood zone designations imposed on
homeowners in certain parts of the city ("Hung Out to Dry").
duPont-Columbia Award honors excellence in broadcast journalism and is
considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. The multiple Emmy®-winning series,
which also won the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award, has now been awarded
broadcast journalism's two most prestigious honors.
SoCal Connected is 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
SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and two duPont-Columbia awards, 17 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, airs nightly at 5:30 p.m.
with an encore at 10 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view
episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.
On-air, online and in the
community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment
of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning
local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around
the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody
Award-winning SoCal Connected, a
hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the
issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET
has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public
affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its
quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community
services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution.
For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content,
programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.
ABOUT ALFRED I. DUPONT-COLUMBIA AWARDS
The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honor excellence
in broadcast and digital journalism and were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball
duPont in memory of her husband, Alfred I. duPont. The awards are generously
supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
Learn more about the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism at www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont.
ABOUT THE COLUMBIA
UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
For a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of
Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that
stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional
practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the School opened its doors
in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy
degrees. Learn more at www.journalism.columbia.edu.
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