Oscar Garza Senior Producer, The Frame

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Oscar Garza is Senior Producer of KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame.

Oscar was formerly a News Editor at KPCC and senior editor at Los Angeles Public Media, which was founded to develop younger and more diverse audiences for public radio. He was previously senior editor/content at the Los Angeles Daily News, and editor-in-chief of "Tu Ciudad," an English-language magazine about Latino life and culture in Southern California.

Garza held several senior editor positions at the "Los Angeles Times," including Deputy Editor of the Sunday Magazine, Editor of the Daily Calendar section, and Arts Editor. Prior to that he was Arts Editor and a columnist at the "San Antonio Light" in his Texas hometown, and a producer at PBS stations in San Antonio and Sacramento.

Garza’s R&B fable, “Land of 1000 Dances,” was published in 2005 in the journal "Popular Music," by Cambridge University Press. He was also a co-writer of “By the Hand of the Father,” a theater production that toured throughout the U.S.

Garza is an occasional host for the Zócalo lecture series in Los Angeles, where he has conducted public interviews with Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Culture Clash, writer Larry Wilmore of “The Daily Show,” music producer Hal Willner, film director Carl Franklin, and musician Ceci Bastida.


Stories by Oscar Garza

Inside one man's quest to track down his lost record collection

Erik Spitznagel regretted selling his collection, so he set out to find the exact albums he once owned. The story is told in his new book, "Old Records Never Die."

CinemaCon 2016: Global box office news, plus Sean Parker's Screening Room

The first day of the Las Vegas convention for movie theater owners featured some mixed news for Hollywood, as well as talk about a new, controversial method of distribution

Getty introduces 43 exhibitions in Latino art initiative

The third installment of the regional visual arts showcase will focus on Latino art at venues throughout Southern California.

Venice-based VR production house WEVR hopes to be the 'Netflix' of virtual reality

Wevr co-founder Anthony Batt talks about why he thinks storytelling is virtual reality’s next frontier and how he hopes his company will become a leader in this new entertainment territory.

With music banned in much of Mali, Songhoy Blues tries to fight the power

Muslim extremists have clamped down on most cultural expression, but the band perseveres. Their story is part of the new documentary, "They Will Have To Kill Us First."

Bobby McFerrin performs a rare concert with his son Taylor McFerrin

The McFerrins had never performed a full concert together until recently at the Valley Performing Arts Center, and then they treated the audience to a live interview.

Larry Klein: Working with Joni Mitchell led to a new path as a producer

After collaborating with Mitchell on several albums, Klein became a go-to producer for many artists. Now he's a Grammy nominee for pop music producer of the year.

Mavis Staples on her famous family, her new album, and her former suitor, Bob Dylan

Mavis Staples has been singing professionally since the 1950s, and at 76 she's still going strong with a new album and an HBO documentary on the way.

Sundance 2016: 'The Birth of a Nation' breaks festival record with $17.5 million sale

Fox Searchlight, which also distributed "12 Years a Slave," picked up the historical drama, which tells the story of Nat Turner's slave uprising of 1831.

How the Motion Picture Academy plans to move past #OscarsSoWhite

The Academy recently announced a plan to double its number of women and diverse members by 2020. But are those goals aggressive enough?

Sundance 2016: How it opens the door to more diversity in Hollywood

So far this year there's been discussion of the Oscars' diversity problem, some new security measures at screenings and lots of television.

John Cale of Velvet Underground fame re-imagines 'Music for a New Society'

The musician and producer was asked to perform his 1982 album in concert, which led to him revisiting and updating the original recording.

Drama over Netflix viewership reveals tension between networks and streaming services

The recent war of words between NBC and Netflix reflects how the biggest streaming service gets to play by its own rules — and why the networks are complaining.

'Bordertown' writer Lalo Alcaráz takes a comedic look at a serious subject

The creator of the comic strip "La Cucaracha" uses his border upbringing as a writer/producer on the new Fox animated series.

Remembering cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Haskell Wexler

Over the course of a long and illustrious career, Wexler won two Academy Awards for his camera work. He was also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker.