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About Us

SoCal Connected is KCET’s weekly award-winning news documentary series, presenting a mix of investigative reporting and richly textured narratives in a thoughtful and compelling way.  Now in its 9th season, Socal Connected is the winner of nearly every major local and national journalism award, including a George Foster Peabody®, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia silver batons, and 27 regional Emmy® awards. "SoCal Connected" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Click here for a complete list of awards. 

Our Team

Executive Producer

Karen Foshay Author Bio Picture

Karen Foshay

 

Karen Foshay is the 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.

 

 

 

 

Kathy Kasaba
Kathy Kasaba

Director of Production Management

Kathy Kasaba is the Director of Production Management 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.

 

Supervising Producer

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.

 

Segment Producers

Gina Pollack
Gina Pollack

 

Gina Pollack is a documentary filmmaker and a multimedia producer, interested in telling stories about the intersection of policy and the human experience. Her short film “Undue Burden” was a New York Times Op Doc and debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. She comes to KCET from KCRW, where she produced stories on art, pop culture, and politics for the show Press Play with Madeleine Brand. She also helped develop the KCRW podcast “The Document,” a mashup of documentary film and radio with Producer Matt Holzman. She is an alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

 

 

Katie Cooper
Katie Cooper

Katie Cooper is a segment producer for "SoCal Connected". She is also a veteran news producer who covered the most pressing local, national and international topics for Warren Olney's shows on KCRW, "Which Way, L.A.?" and the nationally syndicated "To The Point." Formerly KCRW's resident politics expert, she also created and managed "One Year Later," a special series tied to the anniversary of 2016 election and the start of the Trump era. Katie navigated to broadcast from print, including a stint at the Los Angeles Times. She also practiced law, but realized she was in the wrong profession when she'd dream of covering news stories while  researching case law.

 

 

Multimedia Producer

Dennis Nishi
Dennis Nishi

 

Dennis Nishi is a multimedia producer that enjoys working across all platforms to tell stories in new and interesting ways. Dennis has been a regular freelance contributor of print stories, video and artwork to the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and several NPR and BBC World Service radio programs. His editorial illustrations have also been featured on the covers of the New Republic, the Washington Post and other national publications.

 

Digital Producers

Michael Ray
Michael Ray

 

M​​ichael Ray is a digital producer and journalist with experience from shooting and editing video, to field producing and writing scripts. He comes to KCET from Chicago where he has worked commercially and creatively with independent production companies like Hootenanny and Hatfield Post, to national outlets like NBC News.

 

 

Tori Edgar
Tori Edgar

 

 

Tori Edgar is digital producer, multimedia journalist and a native of Southern California. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism. Previously, Tori worked for Dateline NBC News in the Los Angeles bureau. She is excited to work with the KCET team and to continue her journey in news.

 

 

Awards

"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. 

Contact Us

Questions, comments, story ideas? Send us an email at socalconnected@kcet.org.

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