SoCal Connected Honored with Gracie Award for Outstanding Hard News Feature



Los Angeles - February 24, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to announce that SoCal Connected, the station's hard-hitting weekly news program, will receive the esteemed Gracie Award® for Outstanding Hard News Feature for the piece, "No Place to Call Home", produced by Angela Shelley.


In the 30-minute special report that originally aired on March 24, 2011, SoCal Connected correspondent and Orange County Register columnist Yvette Cabrera explores the thousands of families forced to live in motels as they struggle to find affordable housing in Orange County.


"We're thrilled to win this highly coveted national award," said Bret Marcus, executive producer of SoCal Connected and KCET chief content officer. "Angela, along with the rest of the team, did a remarkable job in putting together an incredible story, so it is an honor to be acknowledged for our work."


Presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation, The Gracie Award® recognizes exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.


The award, recognized in the Local, Online, Public, and Student Award Winners category, will be presented during the Gracie Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.


"No Place to Call Home" is reported by Yvette Cabrera, produced by Angela Shelley and edited by Michael Bloecher. Executive Producer of SoCal Connected is Bret Marcus. Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt.


About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 25 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 Mondays (10:30 p.m. - 11:00 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 Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and UCLA.


About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation supports several public service campaigns, including most recently a radio PSA campaign with the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America's most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.



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