PBS SOCAL PREMIERES “STUDIO SOCAL” WITH ELIZABETH ESPINOSA AND RICK REIFF

Posted by Stacy Shaffer

PBS SOCAL PREMIERES “STUDIO SOCAL” WITH ELIZABETH ESPINOSA AND RICK REIFF 

Studio SoCaL” to premiere August 8 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCaL

COSTA MESA, Calif. (August 6, 2014) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, is premiering its new weekly news and public affairs program “Studio SoCaL” on Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. Elizabeth Espinosa and Rick Reiff will host the weekly conversation featuring Southern California thought leaders and experts discussing key issues. The inaugural season of“Studio SoCaL” will consider issues related to the question, “Is Los Angeles the city of the past or the city of the future?”

The first episode, titled "2024: What is Southern California's future when it comes to technology?,” will feature a discussion about how different lives were in 2004 when it comes to technology. Co-Host's Rick Reiff and Elizabeth Espinosa will be joined by Former LA Mayor and venture capitalist Richard Riordan, as well as internet experts to discuss what we can look forward to in the next 10 years. PBS SoCaL's David Nazar will also explore the future of jobs in Silicon Beach.

PBS SoCaL has also named Helen Kumari as the Managing Editor for “Studio SoCaL.” Helen is a veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience in television news, including 12 years as a live on-camera reporter with a specialty in breaking news. Helen has been awarded several Emmys for her work as a writer and a reporter in the Los Angeles area. Currently, Helen has been working as a freelance L.A. Correspondent for The Boston Herald, ABC News, The New York Post and several TV shows. She has also held past roles as a reporter for CBS2, NBC4, KTLA5, FOX11, and NBC TV stations in Bakersfield and Las Vegas.

“Studio SoCaL” will produce one 30 minute episode each week to premiere on Fridays at 7 p.m. with encores on Sundays at 5 p.m., Monday’s at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. on PBS SoCaL, and repeats on PBS SoCaL’s Plus channel.

About PBS SoCaL

PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles serving as Southern California’s largest classroom, its largest stage for the arts, and most trusted information source. With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD (KOCE), PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including Studio SoCaL and LAaRT.  As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL National Productions works with filmmakers to develop programs and series to distribute nationally each year. Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org 

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