PBS SoCal Honored with Two Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards Plus The Governors Award

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Southern California’s home for PBS Receives Special Award

PBS SoCal Received Two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

Pictured: Brenda Brkusic, PBS SoCal Executive Producer; Andrew Russell, PBS SoCal President & CEO; Michelle Merker, PBS SoCal Associate Producer

“The role of public media is to tell stories that matter – about our community, the arts and the world around us – and that aren’t told elsewhere.” -- Andrew Russell, PBS SoCal President and CEO

PBS SoCal (KOCE), Southern California’s home for PBS, has been awarded two Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The winners were announced at the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presentation on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

PBS SoCal also received the Governors Award for its extraordinary work on “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen,” a five-year social impact initiative that uses local programming, community outreach and partnerships to help address the high school drop-out rate in Southern California.

“The role of public media is to tell stories that matter – about our community, the arts and the world around us – and that aren’t told elsewhere,” said Andrew Russell, PBS SoCal President and CEO. “We are honored by the recognition of our work, and are grateful to the talented local producers whose partnership makes it possible to bring these stories to PBS.”

PBS SoCal received Emmy® Awards for the following:

Best Arts Programming

"Take Me Home Huey"                                                                                                        
Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer
Steve Maloney, Executive Producer
Alicia Brauns, Producer
Christine Steele, Producer
Stephen Zapantis, Producer
Michelle Merker, Associate Producer
Produced in partnership with Light Horse Legacy, Inc.

Best Independent Programming

"Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano"                                                                
Gloria Cheng, Producer

The complete list of Los Angeles area Emmy® Awards is available at emmys.com/la.

About PBS SoCal
PBS SoCal (KOCE) is the flagship PBS station for 18 million diverse people across Southern California. As a member-supported non-profit organization, our mission is to deliver content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. PBS SoCal provides compelling locally produced content, and beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns, and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at pbssocal.org, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Through PBS SoCal LIVE, we provide in-person arts, culture and civic engagement experiences. And we support our youngest Southern Californians with essential early childhood education content and services. Connect with us at pbssocal.org, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

PBS SoCal recently announced plans to merge with KCETLink Media Group, pending regulatory approvals.

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