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KCET's SoCal Connected Dominates Los Angeles Press Club Awards

KCET's SOCAL CONNECTED DOMINATES LOS ANGELES PRESS CLUB AWARDS 
Honors include the prestigious LA Press Club Public Service Award, Best Investigative TV Reporting and Best TV Talk-Public Affairs show for the third year in a row. 
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Los Angeles - June 25,
2012 - KCET won 17 awards, with 16 going to the hard-hitting investigative news
series, SoCal Connected at the 54th
Annual Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Awards Sunday night. The series won
more awards than any other TV station -- including the prestigious LA Press
Club Public Service Award for exposing lavish spending at the Housing Authority
of Los Angeles, the billion-dollar agency that provides housing for LA's
poor. 

The Los Angeles Press
Club Awards honor high-caliber journalism in traditional and emerging media
formats, with winners selected by press clubs around the country.  The Emmy® and Peabody-winning SoCal Connected also received awards for
the best Talk-Public Affairs show for the third year in a row.  In all, the station received 7 first place
awards, 6 second placements and 3 honorable mentions.

Executive Producer
Bret Marcus said, "This is a clear case of the little engine that could.
We are especially honored to win the Public Service Award for our investigative
reporting at a time when budget cutbacks have taken a toll on in-depth
journalism."

A complete list of
KCET's SoCal Connected wins as well
as links to segments is below.

 

LOS ANGELES PRESS CLUB PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

SoCal
Connected
: HACLA Investigation
awarded to
Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Laurel Erickson, Karen Foshay, Rocio Zamora, Lata Pandya, Miguel
Contreras, Alberto Arce, Robert Vega, Val Zavala, Ashley Crary, Tom Tanquary,
Dan Caston, Tom Drew, Dave Hernandez, Kenny Gioseffi, Brian Frank, Linda Burns
and Peggy Holter.

 

TALK-PUBLIC AFFAIRS

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Ticket to Space" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson,
Dina Demetrius, Vince Gonzales, Jennifer London, Brian Unger, Val Zavala, Lata
Pandya, Debra Greene, Alberto Arce, Michael Bloecher, Kat Keeney and Ashley
Crary. 

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "In the Shadow of 9-11" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Reza Aslan, Rebecca Haggerty, Saul Gonzalez, Judy Muller, Michael
Okwu, Brian Rooney, Ashley Crary, Linda Burns, Jose Colomer, Rocio Zamora, Lata
Pandya, Alberto Arce and Michael Bloecher. 

 

DOCUMENTARY

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "No Place to Call Home" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Angela Shelley, Yvette Cabrera, Alexandria Gales, Michael Bloecher and
Kat Keeney. 

Honorable Mention -
KCET

SoCal Connected: "RX Dangers" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rebecca
Haggerty, Michael Okwu, Val Zavala, Rocio Zamora, Alberto Arce, Kat Keeney and
Ashley Crary.

 

INVESTIGATIVE

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Show Me the Money: Government Gone Wild" awarded to Bret Marcus, Val Zavala,
Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Laurel Erickson, Alberto Arce, Rocio Zamora,
Miguel Contreras and Ashley Crary. 

Honorable Mention -
KCET

SoCal Connected: "Show Me the Money: Billboards in the Park" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Brian Rooney, Lata Pandya, Alberto Arce and Michael
Bloecher.

 

TELEVISION JOURNALIST

Second Place -
Journalist of the Year - KCET

SoCal Connected: Karen Foshay, producer. 

 

NEWS

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Testing the Limits" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Rebecca Haggerty, Michael Okwu, Alexandria Gales and Michael
Bloecher. 

Honorable Mention -
KCET

SoCal Connected: "Caught on Camera" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt,
Karen Foshay, Judy Muller, Rocio Zamora and Alberto Arce. 

 

FEATURE

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "The Border Between Them" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Saul Gonzalez, Yvette Cabrera, Alexandria Gales and Michael
Bloecher. 

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "War Town" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Saul Gonzalez,
Brian Rooney, Rocio Zamora, Alberto Arce, Michael Bloecher and Ashley
Crary. 

 

PERSONALITY PROFILE

Second Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "Herbie Hancock: All That's Jazz" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Michael Okwu, Lata Pandya, Michael Bloecher, Tom
Tanquary, Dan Caston and Ashley Crary.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

First Place (Tie with
KABC-TV) KCET

SoCal Connected: "Herbie Hancock: All That's Jazz" awarded to Bret Marcus, Justine
Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Michael Okwu, Lata Pandya, Michael Bloecher, Tom
Tanquary, Dan Caston and Ashley Crary.

 

CONSUMER/DATABASED DRIVEN JOURNALISM

Second Place - KCET

KCET.org/SoCal
Connected: "
Interactive HACLA Expenses Database" awarded to Rocio Zamora, Brian Frank,
Miguel Contreras, David Egen,
Jason
Bazalar, Kevin Andexler and Karen Foshay

 

NON-POLITICAL COLUMN/COMMENTARY

First Place - KCET

KCET.org: "Notes of a Native Daughter" awarded to Susan Straight, Douglas
McCulloh and Zach Behrens. 

 

WEBSITE, NEWS, ORGANIZATION BROADCAST

First Place - KCET

SoCal Connected: "SoCal Connected Website" awarded to Brian Frank, Miguel
Contreras, Linda Burns, Jason Bazalar, Justin Cram,
Melissa DeMund, Gary Dauphin and
Kevin Andexler. 

 

ABOUT SOCAL
CONNECTED

SoCal
Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards,
15 Golden Mikes, 35 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best
News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV
Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and (6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)  and Mondays (10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post
comments, please visit http://www.socalconnected.org

 

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; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and
UCLA.

 

ABOUT KCET

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
weekly 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.

 

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