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25 years later, what questions do you have about the LA Riots and their lasting impact?


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People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were burned and looted, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)

Violence and destruction exploded in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, following the jury acquittal of four LAPD officers criminally charged for the beating of Rodney King.

The L.A. Riots left indelible memories on Angelenos and people across the country. 

Now, 25 years later, KPCC is looking to you to direct our coverage of the anniversary. What do you want to know? What are the stories you would assign if working with KPCC reporters and news shows like Take Two?

Let us know by filling out the short form below, and help spread the word by sharing the link to this post. 



SCPR's Gala: 'We Love LA' reflects & builds community

Awards for SCPR Gala honorees

Guests including Gala Chair Gary Kishner & SCPR CFO Elsa Luna

Cathy Tyner, SCPR Trustees Connie Rice and Molly Munger, and Debbi Hoffman

Felicia Friesema and friends

Mauricio, Jaime, Blanca, and Jorge Jarrín

SCPR Trustees Connie Rice and Virgil Roberts, with Antonia Hernandez and Brenda Roberts

SCPR President Bill Davis with KJLH's Stevie Wonder, Karen Slade, and Rod McGrew

Brian Scott Miller & friends

Peter O'Malley and Jaime Jarrín

Larry Mantle and SCPR Trustee Capri Maddox

Glynn Washington, host of Snap Judgment

Carlos Garcia de Alba, Consul General of Mexico, with Fiona Roche and friends

Larry Mantle, Susan Steinhauser, Dan Greenberg, and Congressman Ted Lieu (standing)

Jorge Jarrín and Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Rod McGrew, Karen Slade, and SCPR Board Chair Ana Valdez

Stevie Wonder

(c)Alexis Dickey

SCPR President Bill Davis sings with JT & Friends

JT & Friends led by Larry Ball

John Tu with JT & Friends

(c)Alexis Dickey

JT & Friends and their 57-piece big band

JT & Friends light up the stage

Esther Chao & friend

Mary Tu applauds the band

On Saturday, March 18th, Southern California Public Radio hosted 650 guests at our 2017 gala “We Love LA!” We celebrated three deserving honorees who have dedicated themselves to transforming our region: KJLH, for the station’s commitment to kindness, joy, love and happiness and to community-first connection since 1965; Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers for nearly 60 years, and Steve Julian, in memoriam, the voice of Morning Edition on KPCC 89.3 for 16 years.

SCPR's special guests included Stevie Wonder, who owns KJLH; California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson; Felicia Friesema, the widow of Steve Julian; and Glynn Washington, host of Snap Judgment.

Though the ballroom was full of hundreds of guests and a stage set for a 57-piece big band, the atmosphere was one of intimacy, created by the dedication of our family of supporters and the warmth of the tributes to our very deserving and humble honorees.


What are your questions about the ways we get around Southern California?


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In Burbank, a couple ride their bikes along a bike path median built along West Chandler Boulevard. This path is an example of what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering creating along Slauson Avenue in South L.A.

Alex Cohen has a question for you. As she prepares to take over hosting duties for KPCC’s “Morning Edition” on Monday, Feb. 27, she would like to know: What are your questions about the ways you get around Southern California?


Because navigating Southern California – whether by car, train, bike or foot – is something almost all of us do while listening to “Morning Edition.” And by tackling your questions, we will work to make your mornings brighter and more informed. 

Ask away!



How you can shape KPCC reporting

Hyperlapse tour inside KPCC

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A look inside the KPCC newsroom.

If you were in charge of the news, what are the stories you’d assign to reporters? What are the questions you would ask?

Every morning, KPCC editors gather in our Pasadena broadcast center to discuss stories that affect Southern California’s economy, environment, educational systems, etc. Throughout the day, you hear this news on our air and read it on our website.  

But are we covering what matters most to you? 

This week, KPCC launches a brand-new effort to get you more involved in the process of generating story ideas. We want you to help shape KPCC stories – even before they’re assigned. 

Tell us: What do you want to know? What have you always wondered about Southern California and the people who call it home? What’s the issue you want investigated? 

Here’s how the new process works:


VP of Content and Executive Editor Melanie Sill to depart KPCC

Melanie Sill

Melanie Sill KPCC's Vice President of Content.

Melanie Sill, Vice President of Content and Executive Editor, will be leaving Southern California Public Radio at the end of February. She will be making a professional and personal shift: she and her husband plan to move back to North Carolina, where they have deep friendships and community ties.

Sill joined the KPCC team five years ago with the mandate to build SCPR’s newsroom into a national model for public service journalism and civic engagement.

“Melanie has done this...and so much more,” said SCPR President & CEO Bill Davis.

Under Sill’s leadership the organization increased its presence on digital platforms, developed groundbreaking digital tools and became one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse newsrooms in the country.

The team launched not one but two daily broadcast news programs: Take Two and The Frame. She helped lead KPCC’s growth in weekly audience, which reached No. 1 among public radio stations nationally in 2015. Beyond broadcast, SCPR/KPCC delivers news via the on-line, mobile digital, social media, and live event (In Person) platforms.