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KCET and PBS SoCal Win Seven Golden Mike Awards Presented by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern CA

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Both Organizations Take Home Top Honors In Documentary and Entertainment Reporting Categories

Burbank, Calif.Jan. 22, 2019 – The Public Media Group of Southern California, formed by the merger of KCET and PBS SoCal (KOCE), announced today that it has been honored by the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California with a total of seven Golden Mike awards. The awards for programming during the 2018 season were won by the two PBS stations in both the Television A (50 or more full-time news staff members) and Television B (49 or fewer full-time staff members) Divisions.

The KCET ARTBOUND episode “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles” and the PBS SoCal special “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles” were recognized in the BEST DOCUMENTARY category and both stations garnered awards in the BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING category for episodes from KCET’s LOST LA and PBS SoCal’s LAaRT series.

For the eighth time, KCET’s award-winning weekly half-hour news documentary series SOCAL CONNECTED won the Golden Mike for BEST NEWS PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM while its story “Made in L.A.” was honored with BEST LIGHT FEATURE REPORTING. The “Sea Level Rising: Living with Water” episode of KCET’s EARTH FOCUS series received BEST NEWS VIDEOGRAPHY accolades.

The 69th Golden Mike Awards were presented on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the RTNA Golden Mike Awards® Dinner at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, California.

To view the winning stories, please click on the links below:

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Div. A: KCET’s ARTBOUND “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles
Div. B: PBS SoCAL’s “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles

BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING

DIV. A: KCET’s LOST LA: “When Women Called the Shots: The Forgotten Story of Early Hollywood’s Female Filmmakers
DIV B: PBS SoCAL’s LAaRT “Veterans and the Shakespeare Center

BEST NEWS PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM

Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED

BEST LIGHT FEATURE REPORTING

DIV. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Made in L. A.”

BEST NEWS VIDEOGRAPHY OF A HARD NEWS STORY, SERIES OR SPECIAL

DIV. A:  KCET’s EARTH FOCUS “Sea Level Rising: Living with Water

Blue-ribbon panels of judges for the awards are constituted by recruiting first-rate, experienced broadcast news professionals from top markets, stations, networks, bureaus and universities across the country. They are flown to Los Angeles for the Judging Day, where they are assigned into three-person panels for radio and television. Each panel is assigned a Monitor who explains and applies the judging procedures, distributes scoring sheets, plays each entry on professional video and audio equipment and then collects the scoring sheets. The scoring sheets are then delivered to the Awards Accountant, who tabulates the scores, identifies the winners and confirms those categories that are noted by the judges as not meeting the "Golden Mike Standard of Excellence".

The Golden Mike Awards® are presented at a gala dinner in Hollywood each January in an industry event which is both congratulatory and celebratory. For over 65 years, the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California has promoted excellence in broadcast journalism through the Golden Mike Awards® and is committed to continuing that legacy into the future.

ABOUT PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tells stories that matter. We create original programs that reflect the diversity of the region and share the full schedule of PBS programs that viewers love and trust – delivering a public media service that educates, informs and empowers. Through three content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV – our library of programs is available for streaming on any internet-connected screen, seven Southern California broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel. A donor-supported community institution, PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA hosts hundreds of in-person cultural events, screenings and community conversations to spark the sharing of diverse ideas and perspectives, and delivers real social impact through an Early Learning service that prepares our most vulnerable children for school, as well as other special public service initiatives. Find us at pbssocal.org, kcet.org and linktv.org

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