About Us

"SoCal Connected" is KCET's weekly award-winning, prime time newsmagazine offering public TV and online viewers in-depth stories on the environment, economy, health, social and community issues, local history and other substantive topics.

The longest running newsmagazine program in Los Angeles has a renewed commitment to always questioning critical decisions that impact Angelenos.

Now in its 8th season, "SoCal Connected" is the winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 27 Emmy® Awards, 26 Golden Mikes, and 51 LA Press Club Awards. It is hosted by 16-time Emmy award winner, Val Zavala. "SoCal Connected" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Click here for a complete list of awards.

Our Team

Executive Producer

Karen Foshay is executive producer of SoCal Connected.  While a senior producer at KCET, she won two duPont-Columbia silver batons and a George Foster Peabody Award. She is a veteran journalist who has worked in both radio and television, including NBC News, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, KPCC and KCRW.


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Karen Foshay


 Associate Producer

Marie Targonski-O'Brien

Marie Targonski-OBrien

Marie Targonski-O’Brien is an Associate Producer for KCET’s SoCal Connected. After graduating with an M.S. in Journalism from University of Southern California in 2017, she began working as an Environmental News Associate at KCET in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Previously, Marie worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she oversaw a psychosocial rehabilitation center for vulnerable women and girls in partnership with Panzi Hospital. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Rowan University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Bustle, Ground Truth, and The Inertia.



Production Manager

Kathy Kasaba

Kathy Kasaba

Kathy Kasaba is the Production Manager for "SoCal Connected." She has been with KCETLink since 1981 and has worked on a variety of KCETLink projects such as "Departures," "LinkAsia," Pledge specials, Huell Howser's "Visiting" and "California Gold," as well as national PTV shows including "American Playhouse," "Tavis Smiley," "Puzzle Place" and "Your Turn to Care." Kathy is a native Californian and received her B.A. in Television Production from Pepperdine University.




Production Supervisor

Robert McDonnell

Robert McDonnell

Robert McDonnell is the winner of two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. He has been Production Supervisor of "SoCal Connected" since 2012. Since first joining KCET in 1993, Robert's worked in program development, production and post-production on a wide range of award-winning KCET television programs including: historical documentaries ("American Experience: Woodrow Wilson," "Chasing the Sun," "Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State"); drama series ("PBS Hollywood Presents," "American Family"); animation series ("Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid"); arts specials ("Craft in America," "LA County Holiday Celebration"); science series ("Wired Science"); informational series ("Your Turn to Care"); and daily talk shows ("A Place of Our Own," "Los Niños en Su Casa"). Robert graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Broadcast Journalism, Political Science, and Film.


"SoCal Connected" is the winner of a Peabody®, two duPont Awards, 27 Emmy® Awards, 22 Golden Mikes, and 51 LA Press Club Awards. Click here to see a complete list. 

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