PASADENA – May 13, 2014 – Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) announced today that it has hired John Horn, the Los Angeles Times’ film writer, to be the host of KPCC’s upcoming arts and entertainment program.

Horn is bringing his formidable insight, interviewing and writing skills, and industry connections to KPCC as it embarks on one of its most ambitious programming efforts since the launch of Take Two in 2012. As host of the as-yet untitled program, Horn will anchor coverage that will serve as a daily chronicle of creativity and culture in Los Angeles, the creative capital of the world. The program will profile original thinkers, movers and shakers and new ways of doing business across the spectrum of film, TV, performing art, music and more in a conversational, news-driven approach.

“We are thrilled to have a journalist of John’s caliber coming aboard to be the voice of our expanded arts and entertainment coverage,” said Russ Stanton, SCPR’s Vice President of Content, “our listeners are in for a real treat.“

Horn has been covering the arts and entertainment in Southern California for nearly 30 years. At the Times, he has been the lead writer on the film industry since 2002, taking readers behind the scenes to examine the creative process in Hollywood. In the past year, he traveled to the former plantation where 12 Years a Slave was filmed with director Steve McQueen, charted how the story of Columbine came to a stage in New York, and watched Angelina Jolie take on her first directing job, the story of Olympian and USC alum Louis Zamperini.

In 2012, he was the lead writer on the paper’s award-winning effort to publicly identify the long-anonymous members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, who turned out to be a markedly less diverse group than the movie-going public. In addition to writing, Horn regularly moderates live events at the Academy, the Telluride Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and “The Envelope” screening series.

Before joining the Times, Horn was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press, and covered the television industry for the Orange County Register. Horn’s interest in the arts extends beyond film and he serves on the board of directors of The National Arts Journalism Program, where he was a fellow in the mid-1990s.

Horn also has extensive radio experience. He is a regular contributor to The Business on KCRW, where he also regularly co-hosts on-air segments and podcasts about entertainment news. He has also been a guest on KPCC’s airwaves on Take Two and AirTalk, including a memorable appearance in 2012 on the morning of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. With less than an hour’s notice, he did a live two-way with Alex Cohen, covering how Warner Bros. would alter its marketing of the latest Batman movie in the wake of the tragedy. Thanks in part to John’s contribution, that day’s program won a Golden Mike award for best live coverage of a news story from the RTNA of Southern California.

As part of KPCC’s interview process, it became clear that Horn has developed a love for radio and has the desire to launch something new for this kind of coverage across all our platforms. “John is an omnivorous consumer of culture, and a journalist whose talents will serve KPCC’s many platforms well,” said Collin Campbell, SCPR’s Managing Editor for Broadcast. “We are looking forward to seeing him settle into the host chair.”

This is the first of what ultimately will be five positions attached to the show. With Horn starting in June and the new team in place, KPCC will begin to develop the new program as a podcast and feature Horn on the air for listeners to enjoy. By this fall, KPCC will be ready to begin the new daily program on air, ramp up the podcast and bring some new programs to the Crawford Family Forum.


About Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley. Reaching more than 700,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened-to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California. SCPR serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR's flagship station, KPCC, has garnered more than 300 journalistic honors since 1999. SCPR features signature public radio programs from American Public Media, the BBC and PRI (Public Radio International). Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live web stream at www.scpr.org.

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