PBS SoCal Celebrates Two Los Angeles Area Emmy® Wins

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 23, 2016) – PBS SoCal, the home for PBS to Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, has been honored with two Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards by The Television Academy. The winners were announced at the 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presentation on Saturday, July 23 at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

“It’s an honor that our organization’s work has been recognized in this way,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal. “One of the hallmarks of PBS is great storytelling. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some of L.A.’s most talented producers to bring the diverse west coast point of view to the PBS schedule.”

PBS SoCal won Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards in the following categories:


  • Chen Bing, Associate Producer
  • Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer
  • Peter Getzels, Co-Executive Producer, Producer
  • Wang Jianjun, Executive Producer
  • Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Executive Producer, Host
  • Wang Lijun, Co-Executive Producer
  • Mel Rogers, Executive Producer
  • Zhu Xiaoqian, Coordinating Producer
  • Adam Zhu, Executive Producer


  • Jasmine Abghari, Associate Producer
  • Maris Berzins, Producer
  • Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer
  • Georg Kallert, Producer
  • Michelle Merker, Associate Producer
  • Diana Nguyen, Producer
  • Peter J. Nieves, Producer
  • Donna Pennestri, Executive Producer
  • Jenelle Riley, Host
  • John Ross, Executive Producer
  • Andrew Russell, Executive Producer
  • Rob Schroeder, Producer

The Los Angeles Area winners were selected by national active and Los Angeles Area Peer Group active members within the Television Academy. A complete list of Emmy® award winners is available at http://www.emmys.com/losangeles.

About PBS SoCal KOCE
PBS SoCal KOCE is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels– PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World. It is also available anytime, anywhere at pbssocal.org, on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Learn more at pbssocal.org and follow PBS SoCal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.