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KCET and PBS SoCal Win 14 Southern California Journalism Awards

Presented by Los Angeles Press Club, the combined total awards led all other TV and radio broadcasters.
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PBS SoCal and KCET won 14 first place-awards at the 63rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. For the fourth consecutive year, the two stations led all other L.A. broadcasters with the most honors of any regional TV or radio station. Awards were allocated to multiple winners from a variety of PBS SoCal and KCET on-air and online original programming content. This year, 49 nominations were spread across 35 different categories and honored 15 separate, locally produced series/productions from KCET and PBS SoCal. In addition to the 14 wins, PBS SoCal and KCET programs picked up 12 second place honors and 7 third place honors.

See below for the full list of first place wins for KCET and PBS SoCal.

Feature Documentary (Over 25 minutes)

Paul R. Williams defied the odds to become one of the most notable architects in history.
Hollywood's Architect Preview

Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Kathy McCampbell Vance, Michelle Merker, Shirlyn A. Cesar and Niki Alilovic – "Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story" – PBS SoCal

Activism Journalism (Broadcast)

In 2019, 16 children filed a historical petition to the UN to hold five of the world’s leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis.
Youth Activism Preview

Local Political/Government Reporting (TV)

The fight against Prop 187 awakened Latino political power, dramatically changing California politics.
187: The Rise of the Latino Vote (Preview) Media Manager

National Political/Government Reporting (All Media Platforms – Print, Radio, TV or Online)

Prop 13, the campaign to slash property taxes, launched a tax revolt that continues today.
The First Angry Man (Preview) Media Manager

Educational Reporting (All Media Platforms – Print, Radio, TV or Online)

Youth activate their civic power to reshape systems and institutions for a better future.
City Rising: Youth & Democracy (Preview) Media Manager

Environmental Reporting (Broadcast)

A quiet, little-known revolution is taking place in American environmental politics.
The New West and the Politics of the Environment (Preview)

Animation/Moving Graphic (Online)

Prop 14 in a Minute: Stem Cell Research

Humor/Satire Writing (Broadcast)

Southland Sessions Episode Seven “Culture Clash’s Totally Fake Latino News” (Image courtesy of Harry Gamboa Jr.)

Solutions Journalism (Broadcast)

A quiet, little-known revolution is taking place in American environmental politics.
The New West and the Politics of the Environment (Preview)

Race and Society (TV)

A Southern California nurse discusses her work inside a COVID-19 ICU.

  • Karen Foshay, Trevor Jackson, Michael Ray and Tori Edgar, "I WAS THERE"

Crime Reporting (Broadcast)

An investigation into once secret files involving hundreds of police departments.
The Fight to Know Preview


The Light and Space movement of the 1960s explored minimalism with a Californian spin.
Light & Space (Preview)

Entertainment News or Feature – Under 5 minutes (TV/Film)

"Things feel like they're falling apart. But the artist will utilize whatever moment in time that can be traumatic and make something beautiful out of it."
LA’s Las Cafeteras on Life in Lockdown

Talk/Public Affairs (TV/Film)

Hosted by artist and designer Rosten Woo, this episode will explore civic art and culture.
Civic Imagination (Preview) - Media Manager

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