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KCET Wins Two Golden Mike Awards

Golden Mike award.pngWe are very excited to announce that our little local TV program, SoCal Connected has won two Golden Mike Awards. We like any news that has nothing to do with people losing their homes, jobs, minds (Rob Blagojevich that’s aimed at you and your aluminum hat).

Anyway, SoCal Connected Executive Producer Bret Marcus used to work on “The News with Brian Williams” on MSNBC for all you stalkers out there.

KCET’s SoCal Connected, which launched
on-air and online in September 2008, this weekend won two Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program and for Best Original News Commentary.

The rest of the release after the jump.

The awards were announced yesterday by The Radio & Television News
Association of Southern California, which presents the Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism every year.

In addition to the Best News Public Affairs Program Award, SoCal Connected won Best Original News Commentary for a piece by London Times correspondent Chris Ayers about the “changing seasons” in Southern California, frequently
signaled by different types of disasters, such as fires. KCET also won a third Golden Mike for Best Hard News Series Reporting for the Life & Times report “Aids in Tijuana.”

KCET’s SoCal Connected airs on Thursdays (8:00 – 8:30 p.m.), with repeat broadcasts on Saturdays (6:00 – 6:30 p.m.) and Sundays at (12:00 – 12:30 p.m.). All programs are available on-demand at, along with Web-exclusive reporting.

In addition to award-winning anchor Val Zavala (Life & Times), SoCal
Connected features a repertory company of some of the best broadcast
journalists in Southern California, including contributors Vince Gonzales,
Judy Muller, Lisa Ling and Patt Morrison.
SoCal Connected also draws on the skill of an award-winning news staff, with experience ranging from KCET’s previous news programs Life & Times and California Connected to national news organizations such as ABC News, NBC News, PBS, NPR, CNN, FOX News and MSNBC. Executive producer is Bret Marcus and senior producer is Justine Schmidt.

In its premiere episode, SoCal Connected took an unsettling look at the biggest issue in Southern California and the nation today-the economy. Lisa Ling (ABC, CNN, Nat Geo) reported on foreclosure from a different point of
view-from the people left
behind. Judy Muller (ABC, NPR) reported on the disappearing middle class-and the unexpected people affected.

Other topical issues this season have included an investigation by Judy Muller about a new and growing business in the Southland-private companies that fight fires, for a price; Anchor Val Zavala looked at traffic in the 21st century-how science could clear our roads; and correspondent Vince Gonzales (CBS, CNN) has covered a
series of reports about why Los Angeles may have more visual pollution from illegal billboards than any other city in the United States, and why the city has done so little to stop it. On Thursday, January 29, Gonzales explores the dangers of “super graphics,” the huge murals that appear on the sides of skyscrapers and other

SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The L.K. Whittier Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life by supporting innovative endeavors in the fields of medicine, health, science and education; The Ahmanson Foundation
serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; the Elizabeth Hofert Dailey Trust; by US Bank and by UCLA.

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