Southern California PBS Stations KCET and PBS SoCal Honored with 11 Golden Mike Awards® For Outstanding Broadcast Journalism
Los Angeles, Calif. – Mar. 15, 2021 – PBS SoCal and KCET, Southern California’s flagship PBS organizations, announced this morning a combined total of 11 wins from the 71st Annual Golden Mike® Awards presented virtually by the Radio & Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California on Saturday, Mar. 13 at 8 p.m. PBS SoCal and KCET were honored in categories that included Government and Political Reporting, Business and Consumer Reporting, Investigative Reporting and Best Documentary (in the Division B Category). The Golden Mike Awards is the longest running broadcast news awards show in America, and one of the most distinguished because some of the top journalists across America do the judging.
For the second year in a row, KCET garnered the most awards of any other Southern California broadcast station with ten wins including five for news documentary series SOCAL CONNECTED, two for the environmental documentary EARTH FOCUS: The New West and the Politics of the Environment (partially funded and produced by the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA), two for historical series LOST LA (produced in conjunction with the USC Libraries) and individual wins for ARTBOUND as well as PBS SoCal’s HOLLYWOOD ARCHITECT.
The 71st Annual Golden Mike® Award wins for KCET and PBS SoCal are listed below by category:
Division A - KCET
- News Videography (Feature Story, Series or Special) - ARTBOUND: Light and Space
- Light Feature Reporting - LOST LA: The Untold History of Griffith Park
- Business and Consumer Reporting - LOST LA: Shindana Toy Company
- Government and Political Reporting – EARTH FOCUS: The New West and the Politics of the Environment
- Video Editing (Feature Story, Series or Special) – EARTH FOCUS: The New West and the Politics of the Environment
- Sports Reporting – SOCAL CONNECTED: Born to Run
- Investigative Reporting - SOCAL CONNECTED: Access Denied
- Serious Feature Reporting (5 minutes or Longer) - SOCAL CONNECTED: Who Killed Josiah?
- Medical and Science Reporting - SOCAL CONNECTED: Cannabis Country
- News Videography (Hard News Story, Series or Special) - SOCAL CONNECTED: Fire Station 9
Division B - PBS SoCal
- Documentary – HOLLYWOOD’S ARCHITECT: The Paul R. Williams Story
During the event on Saturday, Presidential Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci was honored with the “Freedom of Information Award,” and KTTV’s Tony McEwing, KNBC’s Patrick Healy, and KNX’s Diane Thompson were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The event was livestreamed on Facebook and Twitter through the RTNA’s social media accounts, and made available at www.rtnasocal.org. The show was also available via YouTube.
The RTNA salutes the best in broadcast journalism on an annual basis in Southern and Central California. From breaking news to documentaries, awards for outstanding work were presented to reporters, videographers, producers, writers, and managers at Radio and TV stations from San Diego to Fresno. The RTNA is a nonprofit organization representing broadcast news professionals throughout Southern California and coordinates TV pool coverage of major news events in the region, fights for freedom of information causes, and provides scholarships for the next generation of broadcast journalists.
About PBS SOCAL and KCET
PBS SoCal and KCET are both part of the donor-supported community institution, the Public Media Group of Southern California, which was formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group. PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for diverse people across California and delivers content and experiences that inspire, inform and educate. PBS SoCal offers the full slate of beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, and a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns; as well as educational content including PBS KIDS programs including DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and CURIOUS GEORGE. KCET is on-air, online and in the community, and plays a vital role in the cultural enrichment of Southern California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions and its website, kcet.org. For additional information about both KCET and PBS SoCal productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org and pbssocal.org KCET Originals and PBS programming are available to stream on the FREE PBS App on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Chromecast. KCET is also available to watch live on YouTube TV, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org/apps.